HOSTS STONOR had to settle for a draw in their closely-fought home friendly encounter with PURLEY
HOSTS STONOR had to settle for a draw in their closely-fought home friendly encounter with PURLEY on Sunday.
Stonor chose to field first and, when in his first over, Tom Marshall produced an in-swinging Yorker to dismiss Purley skipper Andy Clarke for a duck, the decision looked a good one.
However, after Ahi joined Priestley in a run-a-ball century partnership for the second wicket, the tables were well and truly turned. Ahi’s wristy aggression appeared to be taking the game away from Stonor when Ian Cripps got a ball to turn sharply past his outside edge for a debut wicket.
Cripps proceeded to take two further wickets in a spell of mainly accurate medium-pace bowling and Stonor’s second debutant, Ed Earl, produced a fine delivery to have Woodhouse caught at the wicket.
Nufail, supported by Barry Carter, hit an aggressive 31 before Earl took a sharp slip catch to dismiss Wheeler off the bowling of James Hunt. Hunt then wound up the innings by clean bowling John Clarke.
Chasing 203 to win, Stonor lost early wickets to the accurate seam bowling of Vikram Kamarth but a well crafted partnership between Tom Marshall and skipper Marc Lovatt put the home side within striking distance of Purley’s total.
However, good spin bowling from Sam Woodhouse ensured that wickets kept falling and that Stonor were never quite up with the required scoring rate.
In an exciting finale, Cripps and Richard Hunt almost saw Stonor across the line with 15 off the final over but the match ultimately ended in a draw.
A Clarke, b Marshall
C Priestley, b Marshall
P Ahi, b Cripps
S Woodhouse, c Allsop, b Earle
I Amal, b Cripps
B Carter, lbw, b Hunt
A Nufail, c Allsop, b Cripps
G Wheeler, c Earle, b Hunt
V Kamarth, not out
J Clarke, b Hunt
TOTAL (9 wkts)
Best bowling: I Cripps 3-37, J Hunt 2-2, T Marshall 2-50.