Monday, 02 August 2021

Visitors stroll to comfortable victory at Shepherds Lane

FLEET STREET STROLLERS ran out six-wicket winners at HURLEY’S Shepherds Lane on Sunday.

FLEET STREET STROLLERS ran out six-wicket winners at HURLEY’S Shepherds Lane on Sunday.

Piers Ovenden won the toss and invited Hurley to bat and the hosts got off to a flying start with Shoaib Kayani scoring two boundaries from Duff’s first over which cost nine runs.

At the other end an in-swinging delivery from Thomas proved too good for Phil Ridgeway, taking the off stump.

The run rate continued at a good pace as Parvinder Hunjan joined Kayani in a stand of 27 for the second wicket, ended by Ovenden clean bowling Hunjan for five.

The loss of Hunjan precipitated a collapse as the next three wickets only added 14 runs leaving the hosts floundering at 54-5 after 13 overs. Steve Taylor and Mike Walton ensured that there were no further setbacks reaching 87-5 by the half way stage.

After the drinks break the two batsmen rotated the strike well to reach 108 after 25 overs before Steve Taylor lost his middle stump to Ferrick.

Scott Taylor replaced his father to good effect, combining solid defence with fine cover drives to take the score up to 131-6 by the 34th over when rain forced the players off for an early tea.

After the interval Thomas had Taylor caught at gully by Ferrick. In the last four overs 16 runs were added with Walton falling for 37 to the last ball of the innings.

After conceding nine runs from his first over, Mo Basharat took the first four wickets in the space of 12 deliveries without conceding a run.

Brian Taylor was the first to fall lbw as a full toss swung into his pads. Three deliveries later, a slower ball from Basharat found the outside edge of Ferrick’s bat and the keeper dived forward to claim the catch. In his next over, Gibson also edged a slower delivery but this time Walton was unable to cling on to the catch but the next ball took the top of off stump sparing the keeper’s blushes. Wood only lasted four deliveries as a Basharat bouncer ballooned off the batsman’s gloves to second slip giving Alan Morgans the simplest of catches.

Although it was Basharat who reaped the rewards, Phil Ridgeway made a huge contribution, bowling his eight over spell for only 11 runs.

From 24-4 the visitors had to dig deep. The balance of the match changed with two overs from Bert Simon which cost 28 runs, putting the Strollers back in the driving seat.

Simon was replaced by Dave Walton, but he could make no impact, conceding 29 from his three overs.

With 29 runs needed and 13 overs remaining, victory was a stroll in the park for the visitors, which they achieved with seven overs to spare.


S Kayani, b Duff 35

P Ridgeway, b Thomas 0

P Hunjan, b Ovenden 5

A Morgans, b Ovenden 4

Steve Taylor, b Ferrick 33

M Hampton, b Duff 2

M Walton, b Thomas 37

Scott Taylor, c Ferrick, b Thomas 16

M Basharat, run out 2

D Walton, b Thomas 5

R Simon, not out 1

Extras 13


Best bowling: A Thomas 4-26, R Duff 2-26, P Ovenden 2-31.


J Addis, not out 86

B Taylor, lbw, b Basharat 1

S Ferrick, c M Walton, b Basharat 0

J Gibson, b Basharat 0

T Wood, c Morgans, b Basharat 0

P Ovenden, not out 57

Extras 10

TOTAL (4 wkts) 154

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