A GOOD all-round performance from Steve Hanton was not enough to inspire CRAZIES HILL to victory
A GOOD all-round performance from Steve Hanton was not enough to inspire CRAZIES HILL to victory against LOWER EARLEY on Sunday.
Having won the toss and elected to field, Crazies Hill were unable to gain an early breakthrough as Maynard and Choudhrey put on 41, before Choudhrey drove a full toss straight to Stuart at mid-off.
With Maynard continuing to look in complete control, Crazies gained a slice of luck when Amir edged Simpson on to his stumps with the score on 71.
The turning point in the match occurred when Arjuna, with less than 20 to his name, cut Montgomery and set off for a quick single. Searle pounced at point and his return had Arjuna stranded well short of his ground but Parker was unable to take the ball cleanly and Arjuna escaped. This proved costly as Arjuna added 80 with Maynard, until the latter was bowled by Hanton, before finally being caught in the deep by Martin off Parker for 74.
With both Maynard and Arjuna dismissed, wickets fell regularly and Crazies Hill stemmed the flow of runs such that Earley finished 215-9 with Hanton claiming 4-31.
Crazies Hill’s reply began inauspiciously, as Doughty bowled Martin in his opening over. With Hunt removing Lane in his first over and Doughty dismissing both Montgomery and Simpson in his next over, the scoreboard looked bleak at 4-4.
Despite some stubborn resistance from Parker, wickets continued to fall and Crazies soon found themselves in trouble at 42-7. Stuart then joined Parker and, after some initial hesitancy, began a revival, adding 61 for the eighth wicket before being bowled by Bhoghal.
With the required run rate over 10, Hanton and Parker tried their best to attempt the impossible, but, despite adding an undefeated 61, they could not avoid a heavy 51 run defeat.