Friday, 25 June 2021

Tourists thwarted despite piling on the runs

HURLEY drew their Sunday match at home to Derbyshire touring side SUTTON ON THE HILL at Shepherds Lane.

HURLEY drew their Sunday match at home to Derbyshire touring side SUTTON ON THE HILL at Shepherds Lane.

The visitors batted first and Greg Booth top edged Shoaib Kayani to give Walton the simplest of catches behind the wicket.

The Sutton total was built around a 192-run partnership between Richard Johnson and Daniel Harding with the rest of the side only making 10 runs between them.

The introduction of Bert Simon proved to be the turning point of the innings. His first over went for 20 runs as Harding crashed five boundaries. The second ball of Simon’s second over, a full toss, was hit by Johnson to cover where Kayani held the catch. The next delivery saw BJ Land edge to the keeper putting Simon on a hat-trick but the next delivery passed down the leg side. Another dot ball followed and then Martindale lofted the final ball of the over to mid-on and the safe hands of Stefan Pandya.

The first ball of Simon’s fourth over was played to the extra cover boundary where Dave Walton fielded and returned the ball to the bowler, striking the unfortunate Simon on his foot, forcing him to leave the field injured. Howard Mansell completed the over, picking up the wicket of Dolman as the batsman played all round a delivery which took the top of middle stump.

With wickets tumbling around him, Harding stuck to his task and reached his century. Mo Basharat picked up the wickets of Harding and Prince as Sutton declared on 231-7 after 36 overs.

The Hurley reply started steadily with an opening stand of 16 between Pat Hinnell and Jo Simon. Hinnell was the first to go, guiding a delivery from Nigel Harding straight into the hands of Prince at slip.

Kayani joined Simon in a partnership of 58 for the second wicket. Kayani’s innings of 38 was brought to an end when he chipped Martindale to mid-wicket where Danny Harding took the catch.

Simon’s vigil lasted over an hour before edging Booth to the keeper. At the start of the final hour Hurley still required 128 to win at just over a run a ball.

Stuart Savage made a valiant effort to keep up the run rate but the loss of Mike Walton and Cameron Wright ended any hopes of victory. The visitors brought back Day and Martindale in an attempt to pick up the final wickets and only nine more runs were added in the last eight overs as Hurley dug in for the draw.


G Booth, c M Walton, b Kayani 1

R Johnson, c Kayani, b R Simon 103

D Harding, c M Waltonb, Basharat 103

B J Land, c M Walton, b R Simon 0

R Martindale, c Pandya, b R Simon 0

M Dolman, b Mansell 4

N Duffill, run out 1

R Prince, c Pandya, b Basharat 0

N Harding, not out 0

B D Land, not out 4

Extras 15

TOTAL (8 wkts) 231

Best bowling: R Simon 3-29, M Basharat 2-62.


P Hinnell, c Prince, b N Harding 11

J Simon, c Duffill, b Booth 20

S Kayani, c D Harding, b Martindale 38

S Pandya, c Duffill, b Booth 19

S Savage, not out 46

M Walton, st Duffill, b Prince 1

C Wright, b Martindale 3

D Walton, b Martindale 1

M Basharat, not out 0

Extras 17

TOTAL (7 wkts) 156

Best bowling: R Martindale 3-19, G Booth 2-24.

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