Taylor’s knock not enough as hosts settle for share of spoils
IN a late arranged friendly at Shepherds Lane on Sunday, HURLEY and WOODCOTE competed in an
IN a late arranged friendly at Shepherds Lane on Sunday, HURLEY and WOODCOTE competed in an enthralling encounter.
The visitors won the toss and opted to bat first. Scott Taylor and Cameron Wright struggled to find any rhythm and the opening pair of Ryan Lennard and Pat Roberts helped themselves to a feast of runs.
Wright was withdrawn in favour of Bert Simon, but this change did little to slow the run rate.
With 75 coming off the first 10 overs, Hurley looked like they would be facing another large target.
The opening partnership reached three figures inside 13 overs before Simon spurned a chance to dismiss Lennard, dropping a skier off his own bowling.
The opener’s reprieve was short lived as Yasir Gul snapped him up at point two balls later. The introduction of Dave Walton proved to be a master stroke; despite going for a dozen off his first over he returned respectable figures of 4-54 from an 11 over spell.
Roberts looked to take the attack to Walton and paid the price, beaten in the flight to give Mike Walton the first of three stumpings off his brother’s bowling.
Fourteen-year-old Alex Norris picked up his first senior wicket, having Fuller caught at mid wicket by Stephen Wright. Batey never looked comfortable at the crease and it was no surprise when Walton got one through his defences. A good throw from Steve Taylor accounted for Higley who found himself a yard short attempting a quick single. At 168-5, Woodcote were still in a good position and the batsmen continued to attack.
The 200 mark came up in the 31st over but three wickets in 10 balls pegged them back. Steve Taylor found the pitch to his liking, getting turn and bounce to cause the batsmen problems.
Taylor was rewarded when James Worsfold drove him firmly to Alan Morgans who held on to the catch despite falling on his back. The Walton brothers combined twice in an over to dismiss Clark and Bell before Steve Taylor finished off the innings bowling Mattimore and Vijay to set Hurley a target of 236 for victory.
The Hurley reply started in positive mood despite the loss of Pat Hinnell in the second over, caught behind off Bell without scoring.
Stephen Wright was in flowing form with five boundaries in his innings of 22, ended by a leading edge off Bell which looped up to mid wicket.
The highlight of the day was a career best 90 by Scott Taylor who shared in a 101 run fifth wicket partnership with Alan Morgans which put Hurley in an ideal position requiring 103 from the final 20 overs.
The loss of Morgans, run out at 155-5 left the hosts needing another 76 from 16 overs with Taylor and Mike Walton in the middle.
With the scoreboard ticking over too rapidly for comfort as far as Woodcote were concerned, Worsfold brought back his pace bowlers to try and stem the flow.
Despite taking two blows on the forearm, Taylor continued to attack the bowling until Clark produced an unplayable delivery which cut back to take the middle stump.
This was the breakthrough Woodcote needed and effectively ended Hurley’s hopes of victory.
With 29 required off the last three overs, Hurley abandoned the chase although the message didn’t appear to have reached Norris who continued to attack with seven runs at a run a ball.
The game ended with a boundary for Walton to leave Hurley 20 runs short of victory as the match was drawn.