Brown shines with the ball as league leaders march on
HURLEY were left frustrated by PENN AND TYLERS GREEN 2nds’ skipper launching a counter that left
HURLEY were left frustrated by PENN AND TYLERS GREEN 2nds’ skipper launching a counter that left Saturday’s Division 2 match drawn.
Light drizzle prompted a half hour delay and the loss of 10 overs. The Hurley skipper lost the toss and the hosts were asked to bat.
Hurley put on 61 in the first 20 overs. The hosts put together useful scores and partnerships but lacked the one big innings that would launch a meaningful chance of victory or exploit the short boundary.
It was only when Imran Arshad came to the crease at 116-5 that Hurley climbed to 182-8 from their 47 overs. His 40 ball stay was an impressive example of some controlled but powerful hitting.
The visitors slumped to 5-2 in the first four overs as Ross Brown, playing his first league game of the season, set Hurley on the ideal start.
Bentley and Waite added 38 before skipper Akhtar made the critical breakthrough in the 18th over trapping Bentley lbw.
A clatter of wickets with five disappearing in seven overs saw Penn and Tylers Green slump to 54-7 with a one-handed catch by Scott Taylor being the highlight.
Morris made batting look easy and his undefeated 57 frustrated Hurley as the home side tried seven bowlers but with little success though a sharp chance behind where keeper Simoes did well to get one glove to the ball would have changed the result. The visitors batted out their 43 overs to finish on 129-8.
S Kayani, lbw, b Larter
D Simoes, b Morris
N Akhtar, b Morris
S Hussain, b Morris
St Taylor, st Godfrey, b Morris
R Brown, b Scott
I Arshad, b Scott
Sc Taylor, b Scott
B Balakrishnan, not out
TOTAL (8 wkts)
PENN AND TYLERS GREEN 2nds
E Scott, c Hussain, b Brown
T Bentley, lbw, b Akhtar
Z Godfrey, b Brown
G Waite, c Simoes, b Akhtar
S Larter, c Hussain, b Basherat
S Mason, b Akhtar
J Godfrey, c Sc Taylor, b Basherat
S Powell, c Akhtar, b Brown
J Morris, not out
C Larter, not out
TOTAL (8 wkts)
Best bowling: N Akhtar 3-6, R Brown 3-43, M Basherat 2-25.
HARPSDEN continued their unbeaten start in Division 3 but were made to work hard to pick up the 10 wickets for victory at HOLYPORT 2nds.
After being put into bat, Harpsden made a steady start as A Birkett and H Cary reached 62-0 after 10 overs. Both batsmen continued to play shots all around the ground as the partnership soon passed 100, and both batsmen reached half centuries.
Birkett was the first man to fall for 50, thanks to a smart stumping from Francis. This brought Imlay to the crease to join Cary and the duo gave the Holyport fielders being the runaround as the ball regularly flew to the boundary. The second breakthrough came as Cary was trapped in front for 81.
Harpsden’s destructive batting continued as Imlay and Hancock pummelled the ball to all parts as Harpsden set the course for a large score. Once Imlay fell for a quick fire 57, the pair had put on 90 in quick time. This partnership allowed Harpsden to declare eight overs early on 300-5, with Hancock finishing on 67 not out.
Harpsden opted to take the new ball, and made a good start with Rod Birkett removing Fowler with the third ball of the innings.
What followed was a spell of hard graft for the bowlers as Holyport opted to shut up shop early and bed down in the hope of a draw. It wasn’t until the 34th over that Harpsden finally opened the floodgates as Cary removed Edwards for 43.
The turning point came as Brown was reintroduced to the attack, as he removed Davies and Griffiths with successive balls, this was followed by a third wicket a few balls later as Dunn was trapped plumb in front.
This brought Head to the crease to join Francis, and he went after the attack while Francis continued his defensive vigil. At this point Harpsden were starting to accept it may not be their day, but this soon evaporated as Wright removed Head, and Hancock tore through Francis and Ward to leave the visitors requiring two wickets with just four overs remaining.
Brown removed H Sulaman thanks to a smart stumping from A Cary, followed by clean bowling M Sulaman first ball to win the match.