Imlay shines as Harpsden get maiden league campaign off to winning start
HURLEY maintained their fine start to their Division 2 campaign with a 70 run win at
HURLEY maintained their fine start to their Division 2 campaign with a 70 run win at home to BRAYWOOD on Saturday.
The hosts lost the toss and were inserted in difficult conditions. Dave Simoes and Prakesh laboured against the cutting ball but both fell inside 36 runs, Simoes advancing to Vijayan lbw and debutant Prakesh edging Brett Carter to the keeper.
Phil Ridgeway and Varun Sharma added 75 for the fourth wicket as Hurley built on a steady start and began to accelerate. Sharma was particularly punishing smashing three sixes and swinging to leg with liberal use of the sweep.
When Ridgeway fell to a lofted drive, Hurley were ideally poised at 129-4 from 39 overs. Shaan Hussein and Imran Arshad pushed Hurley to maximum batting points with Arshad cracking two boundaries from the final over to get Hurley over the line at 202-8 from 52 overs.
As the sun began to shine the visitors moved along at four an over before Vijayan edged Arshad where Denis Day took a low catch.
Jathaveden was kept relatively quiet and survived early lobbing Arshad to point where the catch was spilled. Braywood solidly built to 76 in 25 overs before Vikram Bhagwani enticed Waheed down the track and Day removed the bails.
The loss of Jathaveden with the score on 101 to a low catch at slip by Ridgeway off the impressive Naeem Akhtar heralded the collapse. Akhtar’s second spell produced another devastating blitz of seven overs 5-16 to rip the heart out of the visitors, consistently up-rooting the stumps. Greg Double swooped to throw down the non-striker’s end leaving Steve Bennett stranded. Braywood faded away to 132 all out in 46 overs as Day took another sharp stumping off Bhagwani.
D Simoes, lbw, b Vijayan
V Prakesh, c Jathaveden, b Carter
N Akhtar, lbw, b Bennett
P Ridgeway, c Ahmed, b McDermott
V Sharma, b Vijayan
S Hussein, b Akhtar
I Arshad, c Carter, b Akhtar
V Bhagwani, lbw, b Akhtar
D Day, not out
G Double, not out
TOTAL (8 wkts)
P Vijayan, c Day, b Arshad
M Waheed, st Day, b Bhagwani
N Jathareden, c Ridgeway, b Akhtar
Y Ahmed, c & b Ridgeway
A Raza, b Akhtar
R McDermott, b Akhtar
B Carter, b Akhtar
F Shah, b Akhtar
S Bennett, run out
W Akhtar, st Day, b Bhagwani
B Ahmed, not out
Best bowling: N Akhtar 5-29, V Bhagwani 2-44.
HARPSDEN made a strong start to their maiden league campaign in Division 3 with an impressive win at home against PINNER.
After losing the toss and being put into bat Harpsden made a flying start with Hancock and Watson punishing anything loose as they raced to 31-0 after four overs.
Hancock fell soon after, which brought Bryan to the crease. Harpsden continued to freely score as Pinner’s bowlers struggled to settle and it wasn’t until the introduction of spin that the visitors managed to peg Harpsden back with Bryan, Watson and Stevens falling in quick succession to leave the hosts on 108-4.
With plenty of overs remaining Imlay batted well, firstly with Whittaker and secondly with Wright as he mixed sharp running with lusty hitting as he put on 74 before falling to Langan. This brought the innings to a close as skipper Stevens declared, leaving Harpsden 52 overs to bowl out Pinner.
Harpsden made the best possible start with Wright castling Fells’ middle stump with the first ball of the innings. Harpsden gave Pinner nothing in the early exchanges with Wright and Hancock proving a real handful for the batsmen.
Pinner found themselves in deep trouble at 50-6 and this soon became 55-7 as Wright took an impressive catch, diving at full length to pluck the ball out of the air one-handed at point.
At this point Harpsden were looking to wrap up the victory as quickly as possible, but Hoh and Pandiv had other ideas, as they set out on the quest to block out for the draw, they both coped admirably in the face of more quick and threatening bowling, with Hoh surviving 19 overs without scoring before a rising delivery was fended to Whittaker at gully off Hancock’s bowling. Hancock followed this up with an inswinging Yorker to destroy Jadeja’s stumps to leave Harpsden requiring just one wicket to wrap up the victory with two overs remaining. Wright duly obliged, trapping Pandiv lbw to secure victory.
B Hancock, c Jadeja, b Gahlma
B Watson, c Mistry, b Langan
A Bryan, b Mistry
C Whittaker, lbw, b Langan
W Stevens, c Pillsbury, b Mistry
S Imlay, b Langan
J Wright, b Hoh
J Paice, c Mistry, b Hoh
T Hancock, not out
TOTAL (7 wkts)
R Fells, b Wright
S Merchant, b Wright
D Khirdwadkar, lbw, b T Hancock
K Parikh, b Wright
R Pandiv, lbw, b Wright
I Gahunia, c Bryan, b Heath
S Pillsbury, c Wright, b Paice
K Mistry, b Paice
F Hoh, c Whittaker, b Hancock
D Jadeja, b Hancock
D Langan, not out
HURLEY 2nds made it two wins out of two in Division 4 as they won a close encounter at PINNER 2nds.
Having been inserted on a green, damp track, the visitors soon found themselves in trouble at 27-4 after 14 overs as Bonnewell and Page made short work of seeing off the Hurley top order, none of whom reached double figures.
Steve Taylor and Mike Walton concentrated on keeping out Page while picking up any scoring opportunities at the other end, reaching the drinks break with 57 on the board.
With the wicket starting to dry out, life became a little easier for the batsmen and they looked to accelerate the scoring. Walton fell for 23 in the 36th over, going down the track to Choudhary and being stumped by Carter.
Taylor reached his half-century before being trapped lbw by Tilbury three over later. At this stage the visitors were still 50 runs short of a competitive score as 15-year-old Joe Graham entered the fray for his senior debut.
After a couple of early escapes, Graham rose to the occasion and together with his captain Mike Cole added an unbeaten 70 for the eighth wicket as Hurley finished on 194-7.
The Pinner reply started in positive fashion with Carter and Khan taking the attack to the bowlers. Dave Pollitt and Mo Basharat regained some control but with no breakthrough coming, Cole took the new ball and immediately swung one into the pads of Carter . Although runs weren’t coming freely, Khan kept the scoreboard ticking over and proved to be the thorn in Hurley’s side. With Cole getting another lbw decision to dismiss Pillai and Joe Graham bouncing out Choudhary, who chopped on to his stumps, Pinner reached 93-3 after 26 overs.
Steve Taylor was introduced into the attack and soon picked up the wicket of Aggarwal with a full-length delivery which claimed the fifth lbw decision of the match.
Pollitt returned to replace Graham and dried up the runs before taking the wicket of Khan, caught at mid-wicket by Ali. Taylor then ripped through the middle order and a run out saw Hurley on the verge of victory with one wicket needed from the last five overs.
Page and Neelakandan provided stubborn resistance, seeing out four overs and looked like saving the game, but the Hurley skipper brought himself on for the last over and secured the victory, his first delivery to the youngster saw Neelakandan edge to slip where Steve Taylor completed a man-of-the-match performance by taking the catch.