Thursday, 17 June 2021

Wonderful Whittaker is century hero as hosts maintain unbeaten record

HURLEY suffered a difficult Saturday afternoon as they lost out in Division 2 at PINKNEYS GREEN.

HURLEY suffered a difficult Saturday afternoon as they lost out in Division 2 at PINKNEYS GREEN.

Due to late unavailabilities, injuries and holidays Hurley took to the pitch with just nine players having won the toss and asking the hosts to bat.

The visitors were up to 10 men by the ninth over but by this stage Pinkneys Green had exploited the gaps to race to 54-1.

Simon Duderidge and Nazir both made it to their eighties in an innings that saw the hosts close on 339-7 from only 42 overs. Dave Simoes donned the gloves for Hurley and impressed with two sharp catches.

In reply Scott Taylor was bowled by Snapes while Alan Morgans fended to slip with the score on 39 in the 11th over.



Naeem Akhtar and Yasir Ali gave the visitors hope of batting long adding 39 in 12 overs, but the drinks break heralded the dismissal of Ali.

When Naeem tried to exploit the late cut once too often, Hurley were blown away. From 90-3 the visitors capitulated to 99 all out in 12 overs and losing the final five wickets in three overs.

PINKNEYS GREEN

N Asif, b N Akhtar

13

S Duderidge, c Simoes, b Basherat

83

M Nazir, run out

81

T Butt, c Simoes, b Arshad

53

J Dhillon, c Arshad, b J Akhtar

31

M Basherat, b Arshad

34

C Hayes, b Basherat

8

I Jariq, not out

10

Extras

26



TOTAL (7 wkts)

339

Best bowling: M Basherat 2-54, I Arshad 2-66.

HURLEY

Scott Taylor, b Snapes

8

A Morgans, c Hayes, b Ammed

10

N Akhtar, c Asif, b Dhillon

43

Y Ali, b Dhillon

22

D Simoes, lbw, b Ammed

1

I Arshad, b Ammed

7

I Hussein, c Butt, b Ammed

0

J Akhtar, lbw, b Asif

0

M Basherat, c Dhillon, b Asif

0

R Singh, not out

0

Extras

8



TOTAL

99

HARPSDEN were made to work hard for their 134-run victory, but ultimately had too much class as they made it four wins out of four in their home Division 3 match against THE LEE.

The hosts lost the toss and were put into bat on a good track. They made a fast start, with Imlay pouncing on any loose bowling as Harpsden raced to 29-0 off four overs.

In the fifth over The Lee made the breakthrough with Percival breaching Imlay’s defences to clean bowl him. Harpsden continued to score freely with Bryan and Watson combining smart running with crisp striking.

Bryan was given out lbw with the score on 74, and Watson soon followed for 45. Whittaker and Stevens looked at ease at the crease before Stevens chopped on leaving Harpsden on 128-4 with 28 overs remaining.

This brought Ben Hancock to the crease to join Whittaker. This partnership saw both batsmen picking up regular singles as well as brutally punishing anything wayward. The partnership soon passed 50, and as The Lee fielders started flagging, the batsmen never looked back, as Hancock passed 50 and Whittaker completed his century.

By the time Whittaker holed out for 117, the pair had put on 151 in just 19 overs to leave Harpsden on 279-5 and in a strong position. Harpsden declared seven overs early on 290-5, with Hancock finishing 65 not out.

This left Harpsden with 55 overs to bowl The Lee out for victory. Skipper Stevens opted to take the old ball, and this proved to be a shrewd move, as Wright clean bowled Channer, followed by Rod Birkett taking two wickets in one over to leave The Lee teetering on 15-3.

Swain and Line then set about rebuilding the innings, and despite Tom Hancock and Wright bowling with good pace and aggression with the new ball, the batsmen continued to frustrate Harpsden.

The key breakthrough came as Hancock eventually proved too good, claiming the wickets of both Line and Swain.

From this point on Harpsden always looked in control and despite some lusty hitting from Percival and Lapham, the Harpsden bowlers stuck to their task with Birkett, Wright, and Hancock claiming three wickets apiece as The Lee were bowled out for 156 in the 48th over.

HARPSDEN

S Imlay, b Percival

20

B Watson, b Lapham

45

A Bryan, lbw, b Lapham

10

C Whittaker, c Mason, b Percival

117

W Stevens, b Susson

7

B Hancock, not out

65

T Hancock, not out 6

Extras

20



TOTAL (5 wkts)

290

THE LEE

M Channer, b Wright

1

J Swain, c Bryan, b T Hancock

17

F Mason, b R Birkett

3

J Line, b R Birkett

0

T Line, b T Hancock

23

F Percival, c W Stevens, b T Hancock

27

G Susson, c Wright, b R Birkett

10

M Lapham, c Imlay, b Wright

36

M Line, lbw, b Stevens

0

G Morgan, lbw, b Wright

2

C England, not out

4

Extras

33



TOTAL

156

Best bowling: R Birkett 3-16, T Hancock 3-35, J Wright 3-36.

Following two consecutive defeats, HURLEY 2nds got back to winning ways with a hard fought victory at THE LEE 2nds in Division 3.

Hurley skipper Mike Cole won the toss and chose to bat first but his batsmen struggled against a good bowling attack. After half a dozen overs the visitors found themselves two down with only 12 runs on the board.

Clive Williams missed a straight one from Ben Harris while Asif Junaid was adjudged lbw. Josh Cole joined Dennis Allen and edged the score up to 27 in the 13th over before Cole was bowled by Gibson.

Mike Walton joined Allen and provided the anchor that Hurley needed. All the bowlers kept a tight rein on the run rate as the two veteran batsmen concentrated on occupation of the crease.

By the half way drinks break the score had progressed to 57-3. The first over after drinks saw Allen fall lbw. Mike Cole looked in good form smashing a boundary and a six before hitting a full toss from Sam Smith straight to Gibson at square-leg.

Henry Graham made a useful contribution of 15 in an eighth wicket partnership of 33 to see Hurley into three figures and a first batting point.

Walton’s two hour vigil came to an end in the 42nd over when he edged Walsh to Mike Harris behind the stumps.

Nigel Haines helped nudge his side up to a total of 149 all out when Dave Pollitt hit Price to Gibson at square-leg in the 50th over.

The Lee’s reply started in bright fashion with 16 runs coming from the first two overs before Pollitt and Junaid found their accuracy and gained some control. After nine overs Mike Harris and Rob Walsh had put 39 on the board. Junaid got the much needed breakthrough in the 10th over when Harris chopped on to his stumps.

Jo Graham replaced Pollitt in the 13th over and made an immediate impact having Walsh caught by Williams at mid-wicket off his second delivery. Two balls later he struck again, bowling Sharman. The score of 58-3 became 66-4 two overs later when Ben Harris drove the ball back to Graham who held a sharp chance to leave the game evenly poised. Chris Kettle and Phil Wideson staged a fight back with a partnership of 20 for the fifth wicket.

The Henry brothers combined to dismiss Wideson, Jo taking the catch at mid-off to give Henry a wicket.

Hurley turned to spin with Nigel Haines replacing Jo Graham and this proved to be the turning point. Three wickets in three overs without conceding a run for Haines reduced the hosts to 107-8 and put Hurley firmly in the driving seat.

Woodford-Smith provided some stubborn resistance, surviving 13 deliveries before Haines dragged him forward and Walton whipped off the bales.

Three more runs were added before Dave Walton wrapped up the victory, bowling Matt Price off his pads to give Hurley 27 points.

HURLEY 2nds

C Williams, b B Harris

1

D Allen, lbw, b Smith

23

A Junaid, lbw, b R Walsh

1

J Cole, b Gibson

5

M Walton, c M Harris, b R Walsh

32

J Graham, b Smith

0

M Cole, c Gibson, b Smith

11

H Graham, b Woodford-Smith

15

N Haines, not out

23

D Walton, run out

1

D Pollitt, c Gibson, b Price

1

Extras

36



TOTAL

149

Best bowling: S Smith 3-29, R Walsh 2-21.

THE LEE 2nds

M Harris, b Junaid

12

R Walsh, c Williams, b J Graham

25

P Wideson, c J Graham, b H Graham

23

J Sharman, b J Graham

0

B Harris, c & b J Graham

4

C Kettle, lbw, b Haines

23

S Smith, b Haines

0

F Gibson, b Haines

0

Y W-Smith, st M Walton, b Haines

1

M Price, b D Walton

0

P Walsh, not out

2

Extras

20



TOTAL

110

Best bowling: N Haines 4-6, J Graham 3-13.

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