Fraser hits the winning runs as side secure first win of the season
HURLEY gained their first Sunday victory of the season with a convincing display against WOODLEY
HURLEY gained their first Sunday victory of the season with a convincing display against WOODLEY at Shepherds Lane.
Matt Hampton won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. An opening partnership of 114 between Jordan Goddard and Jay Raja gave the visitors a good base on which to build their innings.
Raja was dropped on three occasions, all off the bowling of Ross Brown, with two of the chances coming in one over.
It wasn’t until the 25th over that Hurley got the breakthrough they needed when Brown hit Goddard’s stumps.
The wicket of Goddard precipitated a change in fortunes for the hosts with Paul Todd trapping Khan lbw in the next over and then Brown having Raja caught by Greg Double.
Robert Simon entered the fray and bamboozled the batsmen with his variety of slower deliveries. He deceived Khaliq with a loopy delivery which clipped the off stump and then floated one past Hussain to give Mike Walton the easiest of leg side stumpings. Shoaib Kayani mopped up the shortened tail to set Hurley 178 for victory.
Jo Simon and Shoaib Kayani gave Hurley the solid start they needed with 51 runs from the first 10 overs.
Woodley also dropped their share of catches, with Bert Simon on as a sub fielder for the visitors having the unique honour of dropping a catch for both sides.
The opening partnership had reached 77 in the 15th over when Tayum got one through Simon’s defences.
The loss of Simon did nothing to stem the flow of runs and Shoaib passed his half-century before a direct hit saw him run out at 127-2. Shakil Kayani, Greg Double and Fayyaz Kayani saw the hosts to within sight of victory which Ben Fraser completed with a drive to the long-off boundary.