Friday, 25 June 2021

Holyport frustrated by Hurley’s batsmen

HURLEY, lacking several key players, lost to Division 2 high flyers DENHAM by six wickets at Shepherds Lane last Saturday.

HURLEY, lacking several key players, lost to Division 2 high flyers DENHAM by six wickets at Shepherds Lane last Saturday.

Denham captain Faisal Mahmood won the toss and invited the hosts to bat. The wicket offered significant bounce for bowlers from the Lane end, but the ball tended to keep low for strikers at that end.

The highest stand of the Hurley innings was that of 43 for the first wicket between Phil Ridgeway and David Simoes.

Mahmood gave little away and the Hurley openers were restricted to punishing the occasional loose ball from the other end.

Ridgeway survived a couple of big appeals for lbw, but was caught in the 14th over by Shepherd at cover point.

Thereafter wickets fell at regular intervals. Naeem Akhtar played a couple of big shots, but was adjudged to have been struck on the pad in line with the off-stump.

Alan Morgans came to the crease with the score on 65 and helped add 66 runs in six stands until he was second-last out.

Mike Cole came to the crease with the score on 110 looking to attack Shepherd and ended the innings undefeated on 20.

In reply Akhtar opened the bowling from the Farm end with the old ball, initially bowling spin, and bowled unchanged.

Akhtar took the new ball for the ninth over. Ridgeway took a rest after four overs but returned to the attack for the 24th over.

Waqas Malik seemed to be a man in a hurry and used his feet well to Ridgeway, until he played a sharp drive to Simoes at short extra cover, who held the catch. Nicholas and Wasim added 76 for the second wicket in 12 overs. Cole found Nicholas’s edge to give Denis Day a regulation catch, but struggled with his line.

Debutant James Woodhams replaced Cole and took the wicket of Wasim after the batsman played a lofted drive.

Ridgeway returned with Denham needing seven to win and took the scalp of Maynard but Bobby Rai and Iqbal Shokat saw Denham home.


P Ridgeway, c Shepherd,

b Mahmood 21

D Simoes, b Kirby 29

N Akhtar, lbw, b Mahmood 7

T Balchin, b Shepherd 8

A Morgans, c Richards, b Mahmood 22

G Box, c Shokat, b Nicholas 6

J Woodhams, b Nicholas 4

A Jadhav, b Shepherd 3

A Choudhury, c Wasim, b Shepherd 2

M Cole, not out 20

D Day, b Mahmood 3

Extras 10


Best bowling: F Mahmood 4-25, M Shepherd 3-38, J Nicholas 2-21.


W Malik, c Simoes, b Ridgeway 6

J Nicholas, c Day, b Cole 25

M Wasim, c & b Woodhams 31

B Rai, not out 25

D Maynard, c Simoes, b Ridgeway 15

I Shokat, not out 1

Extras 33

TOTAL (4 wkts) 136

Best bowling: P Ridgeway 2-19.

An unbeaten ton by Paul Edwards was not enough to ensure victory for HOLYPORT 2nds in Division 3 as HURLEY 2nds hung on for a draw.

The hosts won the toss and opted to bat first. Pav Hunjan and Dave Pollitt restricted the batsmen to less than three an over for the first 18 overs.

A double change saw Nigel Haines and Dave Walton brought into the attack as the run rate increased as Edwards and Mark Francis looked to push on against the spinners. Both batsmen reached half centuries before a double strike from Haines.

Francis was the first to go, advancing down the track and getting a thick edge to the keeper. Holyport skipper Andy Finlay only lasted one delivery, trapped lbw by Haines.

Jack Harris survived the hat-trick delivery, slashing wildly outside his off stump as the ball evaded the edge and the stumps by millimetres.

Harris went on to make 72 before skying a return catch to Hunjan who had replaced Haines. Edwards continued to play a controlled innings, reaching his century in the 50th over before Holyport declared on 256-3.

The Hurley reply set off at a good pace with openers Haines and Williams keeping up with the required rate for the first seven overs before Matt Lappin and Tristan Head regained some control.

The opening stand reached 50 in the 15th over before Head completed a wicket maiden by trapping Williams lbw.

Paul Jheeta and Tom Shaw replaced the opening bowlers and it was Shaw who struck first, dismissing Haines, caught Finlay and Sistla, lbw.

The score of 80-3 became 85-5 as Jheeta had Steve Taylor caught behind and Sreenivan Uppaladhadiam caught at slip by Shaw.

Hunjan and Mike Walton saw the visitors to their first batting point before Hunjan missed a straight one from Kelvin Baillie and became the third lbw victim of the innings.

Only four more runs were added in the next five overs as Raj Singh struggled against the bowling of Bielby eventually going back to a low delivery which found its way on to the off stump via the outside edge.

Dave Walton failed to trouble the scorers, lasting only three deliveries before another shooter claimed his wicket.

At 116-9 with nine overs remaining, a Holyport victory looked the most likely result, but once again Pollitt showed a combination of solid defence and punishment of anything loose to add an unbeaten 35 for the last wicket with his skipper and secure another two batting points for Hurley while frustrating the hosts.


P Edwards, not out 101

M Francis, c M Walton, b Haines 61

A Finlay, lbw, b Haines 0

J Harris, c & b Hunjan 72

M Taylor, not out 4

Extras 18

TOTAL (3 wkts) 256

Best bowling: N Haines 2-64.


C Williams, lbw, b Head 28

N Haines, c Findlay, b Shaw 30

P Hunjan, lbw, b Baillie 20

R Sistla, lbw, b Shaw 0

Steve Taylor, c Francis, b Jheeta 0

S Uppaladhadiam, c Shaw, b Jheeta 2

M Walton, not out 18

R Singh, b Bielby 0

B Griffin, b Bielby 0

D Walton, b Bielby 0

D Pollitt, not out 24

Extras 28

TOTAL (9 wkts) 150

Best bowling: O Bielby 3-18, P Jheeta 2-20, T Shaw 2-22.

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