Shepherds Lane visitors fail to find a decisive outcome
THE annual fixture between HURLEY and READING LAWYERS ended with honours even at Shepherds Lane on
THE annual fixture between HURLEY and READING LAWYERS ended with honours even at Shepherds Lane on Sunday.
The Lawyers opted to bat first and struggled to make headway early on against the seam bowling of Asif Junaid and Ben Fraser with both bowlers beating the bat on several occasions without success.
Scott Taylor replaced Fraser at the river end and soon got the breakthrough with an off cutter that took out Cripps’ middle stump.
Another wicket for Taylor thanks to a low catch at square-leg by Junaid reduced the visitors to 73-2.
After a wayward first over, Cameron Wright bowled opener, Matt Burrows without further addition to the score.
Chris de Wet and Will Baker regained the upper hand for the visitors with a partnership of 79 in a dozen overs. The loss of Baker, lbw to Bert Simon did little to slow the run rate as Lake and De Wet continued to go for their shots. Two late wickets for Fraser and one for Jordan Barradell-Pither helped to slow the onslaught as the visitors declared on 202-7.
Hurley’s reply started cautiously as Alan Morgans and Pat Hinnell struggled to score against the accuracy of Seymour and Lake.
The score had reached 25 in the 10th over when Morgans was trapped in front by Lake. Two wickets in as many overs saw Hinnell and Masters depart reducing the hosts to 54-3.
Scott Taylor continued to show his potential with some impressive cover drives as he and Ben Fraser added 24 for the fourth wicket before Fraser became the second of Burrows’ three victims.
The loss of Taylor, caught by Tom Meyer off Burrows at mid-off, put a dent in any hopes Hurley had of chasing down the total.
The visitors seemed reluctant to try and entice the remaining batsmen to go after an ever increasing run rate and it was left to Junaid with a career best 53 not out and Wright to save the game and take Hurley to a respectable 151-6 at the close.