Friday, 25 June 2021

Berkshire ease to Shepherds Lane win

BERKSHIRE OVER 50s ran out 91-run winners in their annual end of season friendly at HURLEY’S Shepherds Lane on Sunday.

BERKSHIRE OVER 50s ran out 91-run winners in their annual end of season friendly at HURLEY’S Shepherds Lane on Sunday.

Matt Hampton won the toss and invited the visitors to bat first. David Morgans and Mo Basharat opened the bowling and kept a tight rein on the runs helped by the dismissal of David Streak, caught by Ben Fraser off Basharat.

After 10 overs the opening bowlers were replaced with the score on 27-1. Shoaib Kayani came in for some punishment as Ronnie Brock and Chris Harding looked to press on, adding 112 for the second wicket in 19 overs.

With Kayani and Dave Walton failing to make a breakthrough, Phil Ridgeway replaced Walton and broke the partnership as Brock hit a return catch back to the bowler.

Charles Bury soon became Ridgeway’s second victim, playing back to a full length delivery.

The Berks middle order, bolstered by England Over 70s player Johnny Marston, kept the score ticking over as the visitors looked to press on towards 200.

David Morgans returned to pick up the wicket of Harding, caught low down at backward point by Jeff Dawson. Tony King joined Marston in a stand of 41 for the sixth wicket before the England player retired to bring Mike Walton to the wicket to face his brother’s bowling. King and Walton added 21 runs in the final two overs to post a total of 226 from 40 overs.

Needing to score at more than 5.5 runs per over, Hampton opened the Hurley reply together with Kayani and the batsmen made a good start, scoring 77 from the first 15 overs.

Tight bowling by Ian Harvey, David Streak and Richard West pegged the batsmen back with only four runs coming from the next five overs.

West made the breakthrough, replacing Harvey at the lane end, his first delivery yorked Hampton. Streak then had Kayani caught behind, chasing a wider delivery.

Tony King brought himself back into the attack and ripped the heart out of the Hurley middle order with the wickets of Hinnell caught at gully by Marston, Paul Todd top edging to the keeper, Ridgeway bowled and Jeff Dawson lbw.

From 110-7 there was no way back for the hosts. Streak and Walton combined to dismiss Ben Fraser, stumped and West produced two good deliveries to bowl Alan Morgans and Basharat.

David Morgans and Dave Walton added another 10 runs for the last wicket before Woodman bowled Morgans to dismiss Hurley for 135.


D Streak, c Fraser, b Basharat 3

C Harding, c Dawson, b D Morgans 50

R Brock, c & b Ridgeway 68

C Bury, b Ridgeway 2

J Marston, retired 37

R West, b D Morgans 4

T King, not out 38

M Walton, not out 9

Extras 15

TOTAL (6 wkts) 226

Best bowling: P Ridgeway 2-33, D Morgans 2-36.


S Kayani, c Walton, b Streak 36

M Hampton, b West 35

P Hinnell, c Marston, b King 0

P Todd, c Walton, b King 9

J Dawson, lbw, b King 11

P Ridgeway, b King 8

B Fraser, st Walton, b Streak 0

A Morgans, b West 1

M Basharat, b West 10

D Morgans, b Woodman 5

D Walton, not out 7

Extras 13


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