HURLEY travelled to the Chiltern Hills on Sunday and the rustic setting of MONKS RISBOROUGH for a game that was
HURLEY travelled to the Chiltern Hills on Sunday and the rustic setting of MONKS RISBOROUGH for a game that was a somewhat surreal experience.
The hosts fielded only nine players to start before reinforcements arrived at teatime, giving them a full batting Â line–up.
The Hurley XI was completed by the 10–year–old Hassan Gul who fielded excellently saving several runs as he trotted from end to end to field at fine–leg.
Finding an outfield with more ups and downs than the last day of the football season and a wicket that could be charitably described as sporting, Matt Hampton made the surprising decision to bat first.
They say that fortune favours the brave, and so it proved to be as Shoaib Kayani (27) and Naeem Akhtar (41) made a mockery of the difficult conditions to post an opening partnership of 82 in 16 overs.
The run–out of Akhtar precipitated a mini collapse as Sanah had Yasir Gul (0) caught behind and Fahad trapped Kayani leg before without further addition to the score.
Fayyaz Kayani (50) and Ross Brown (22) steadied the Hurley ship with a partnership of 44 for the fourth wicket.
When Kayani was dismissed in the 13th over, the Hurley innings petered out with only another 20 runs added as the last four wickets fell in six overs.
The Monks Risborough reply started in aggressive fashion with Aquib (16) and Irfan (19) swinging at everything.
It was no surprise when Aquib missed a straight one from Amjad Khan in the eighth over at 35–1.
Shoaib Kayani replaced Brown and struck with his second ball, as Arfan (1) edged the ball down the leg side via his pads into the gloves of Mike Walton.
The same combination accounted for Irfan two overs later. Another cluster of wickets put Hurley firmly in control as Nigel Haines (1–26) and Fayyaz Kayani (3–27) reduced the hosts to 67–6 after 17 overs.
Fahad (28) and Hanif (22) got their side back in the match and with 11 overs remaining the hosts only required another 34 runs for victory but in the end Hurley won by 26 runs