Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Harpsden ease to 10-wicket victory to maintain their 100 per cent league record

HURLEY suffered a losing draw in their Division 2 clash away at COLESHILL.

HURLEY suffered a losing draw in their Division 2 clash away at COLESHILL.

On a difficult pitch, skipper Naeem Akhtar won the toss and asked Coleshill to bat and Varun Sharma profited from some loose shots and fine catches from Alan Morgans and Scott Taylor as the home side slipped to 33-2.

Coleshill then dug themselves out of a possible mire with three wicket stands of more than 40. Dom Spencer survived an appeal for a catch off his glove when only on nine as he shepherded the middle order to 178 off 42 overs before he eventually fell to Phil Ridgeway as keeper Mike Walton and slip Steve Taylor both went for the ballooned catch with Taylor coming away with the ball.

Howard Holmes profited from Hurley’s loose bowling as full tosses were dispatched to the boundary. Coleshill hit 61 from their final 10 overs to race to 241-8 from their 52 overs. Hurley’s fielding was encouraging as they also managed to stem the recent flow of extras as stand-in keeper Mike Walton impressed.

In response Hurley slipped to 28-3 as a disciplined Coleshill attack with the old ball and some variable bounce accounted for Wright and Ali as the ball shot low to bowl both openers, Dan Stay benefiting. Sharma missed a full toss and Hurley were in trouble. Akhtar applied himself well while Steve Taylor drove to mid-off,



Ridgeway was caught in two minds and Bhagwani could not resist another swipe at a straight ball. At 86-8 with 15 overs to bat, Scott Taylor and Mike Walton dug in as Hurley passed a solitary batting point. Hurley closed their innings on 107-8.

COLESHILL



L Skinner, c Morgans, b Sharma

17

D Stay, c Sc Taylor, b Sharma

7

D Spencer, c St Taylor, b Ridgeway

76

M Bambridge, b Bhagwani

23

C Edwards, c Wright, b Ridgeway

17

T Bradshaw, lbw, b Ridgeway

24

H Holmes, not out

44

A Edwards, b Akhtar

0

J Taylor, c Akhtar, b Ridgeway

9

M Ljusbic, not out

12

Extras

12





TOTAL (8 wkts)

241

Best bowling: P Ridgeway 4-54, V Sharma 2-29.

HURLEY



S Wright, b Stay

8

Y Ali, b Stay

18

N Akhtar, c Scott, b Bambridge

28

V Sharma, b Stay

0

St Taylor, c Scott, b Spencer

3

P Ridgeway, b Edwards

0

A Morgans, c Scott, b Taylor

8

V Bhagwani, b Bambridge

7

Sc Taylor, not out

21

M Walton, not out

4

Extras

10





TOTAL (8 wkts)

107





HARPSDEN made it three wins from as many matches as they made light work of beating LITTLEWICK GREEN 2nds by 10 wickets in Division 3.

Harpsden made the breakthrough early on as E Birkett removed the Littlewick opener with a delivery that pinned back his off stump. This was just about Birkett’s last action as he fell awkwardly in his follow through and fractured an elbow.

This brought Heath into the attack to join T Hancock, who was bowling with accuracy and hostility at the other end. Both bowlers built pressure, with Heath removing Fells for a duck to leave Littlewick in trouble at 15-2.

Lucy and Woodford then set about rebuilding the innings for Littlewick, playing watchfully as they reached 55-2 off 25 overs.

The turning point came as Paice removed Lucy for 30. This opened the floodgates as Harpsden picked up regular wickets as Littlewick lost their last eight wickets for 22 runs to leave them 77 all out.

Paice was again the pick of the bowlers as he collected his second successive five wicket haul. Hancock and Heath also played their part with their 16 overs going for just 27 runs.

With Harpsden requiring just 78 to win, they started positively, Imlay finding the boundary as the Littlewick bowlers struggled to settle. Birkett played a strong supporting role giving Imlay the strike as Harpsden raced to victory in 14.3 overs with Imlay finishing on 53 not out.

HURLEY 2nds, missing several players due to first team call-ups, suffered a 151 defeat at home to WINCHMORE HILL in Division 4.

The hosts opted to field first and the opening attack of the Graham brothers struggled to contain Stuart Banham and Mark Dickson.

The score had raced to 51 in the eighth over when Jo Graham got the breakthrough, trapping Banham lbw. This was to be the only high point for Hurley in the next 26 overs as Dickson and Massey punished the bowling, aided by some lacklustre fielding. Dickson and Massey both fell to Asif Junaid who bowled better than his figures suggested.

Pearce and Saghir kept the scoreboard ticking along, allowing Winchmore to declare after 40 overs, setting Hurley 278 to win.

Hurley found themselves two down with only 20 on the board after seven overs. Dennis Allen and Asif Junaid provided some resistance but three wickets for 13 runs in the space of half a dozen overs knocked the stuffing out of the Hurley line-up.

Skipper Mike Cole did his best to try and reverse the trend with a belligerent display including seven boundaries and two maximums.

Nigel Haines battled hard for 39 deliveries before falling to a catch by Dickson off Paul Anderson, giving Winchmore Hill their fourth consecutive victory of the season.

WINCHMORE HILL



S Banham, lbw, b J Graham

22

M Dickson, b Junaid

106

C Massey, lbw, b Junaid

82

A Pearce, not out

15

M Saghir, not out

13

Extras

13





TOTAL (3 wkts)

277

Best bowling: A Junaid 2-69.

HURLEY 2nds



C Williams, b Wilkins

9

M Basharat, c Draycott, b Wilkins

6

D Allen, b Pearce

11

A Junaid, b Pearce

15

J Cole, c Dickson, b Ali

0

M Cole, c Saghir, b Ali

60

J Graham, b Ali

11

H Graham, b Ali

4

N Haines, c Dickson, b Anderson

6

A Williams, b Ali

0

D Walton, not out

0

Extras

4





TOTAL

126

Best bowling: S Ali 5-27, A Pearce 2-25, M Wilkins 2-41.



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