A THRILLING finish at HOLYPORT saw the hosts prevail by four runs off the penultimate ball
A THRILLING finish at HOLYPORT saw the hosts prevail by four runs off the penultimate ball against HURLEY.
The home side opted to bat first on a low and slow pitch. Fayyaz Kayani struck with his fourth delivery to bowl Morgan through the gate and the batsmen found runs hard to come by as Kayani and Scott Taylor kept a tight rein on proceedings.
Kayani was involved in the second wicket, the batsmen running on a leg side wide only to see Kayani fire in the return from fine-leg, skimming over the keeper to hit the stumps and leave Fowler short of his ground.
A brave piece of fielding at short-extra by Greg Double, taking a blow on the chin, as a loose delivery by Steve Taylor was smashed at the fielder by Chris Cox, prevented a run and led to Cox popping up a return catch to Taylor two deliveries later.
At 47-3 after 16 overs, the visitors had the upper hand but a fight back by Kelvin Baillie and Steve Miller added 117 runs for the fourth wicket. The return of Fayyaz accounted for Miller.
At 164-4 with seven overs remaining, a large total looked likely but only 30 more runs were added as Fayyaz and Asif Junaid kept the batsmen quiet. The last over of the innings saw Shoaib Kayani bowl a triple wicket maiden, having Baillie caught at gully by Shakil, eight runs short of his century, and then bowling Ali and Prashad, leaving Hurley to chase 195 for victory.
The Hurley reply started in a similar way to the Holyport innings, with the batsmen struggling to get used to the pitch.
Shoaib Kayani departed with only a dozen runs on the board in the sixth over. Shakil Kayani and Alan Morgans added a useful 46 for the second wicket and by the half way drinks break the score had progressed to 75 leaving the visitors requiring exactly a run a ball for victory.
With Fayyaz in full swing this was not an unreasonable target as he hit 40 from 24 deliveries before holing out to Morgan at long-off to give Chris Cox some revenge for the hammering he had received.
The loss of Fayyaz saw the required rate creep up and wickets were lost in the chase. A mix up saw Double run out with both batsmen at the same end to leave Hurley requiring 65 from 10 overs.
Steve Taylor and Mike Walton added 25 in four overs before both falling to Morgan. Paul Todd and Asif Junaid kept the Hurley hopes alive, taking the score to 186 with one over remaining.
Three singles and a leg bye left five runs needed from the last two deliveries, but it was not to be as Junaid was bowled off the penultimate delivery to give Holyport a narrow victory.