Sunday, 13 June 2021

Hurley’s Walton brothers keep their nerve to deny visitors victory at Shepherds Lane

HONOURS were even in the annual fixture between hosts HURLEY and HARROW WAYFARERS at Shepherds Lane on Sunday.

HONOURS were even in the annual fixture between hosts HURLEY and HARROW WAYFARERS at Shepherds Lane on Sunday.

Mike Walton won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first in the humid conditions. Sam Buckfield started his innings with 29 from 12 deliveries but with so many aerial shots it was inevitable that it wouldn’t last and he was caught by Jordan Barradell-Pither off the bowling of Scott Taylor to leave the visitors on 45-1.

Hurley then regained some control as the run rate tumbled dramatically. David Croft ground out a half-century before falling to Dave Walton who claimed his wicket for the fifth time in six innings.

Jeff Dawson and Barradell-Pither combined to run out Morgan McGhee, with the latter pouncing on Dawson’s deflection to effect a direct hit at the bowler’s end.

Father and son Andy and Enzo Gorrie made a useful fifth wicket partnership of 37. Howard Mansell ended the partnership as Andy picked out Scott Taylor in the deep. Walton’s 14 overs for 47 runs helped keep the score in check with Alex Norris and Barradell-Pither both putting in a good shift with the ball.

A flourish at the end from Ally Jeal and Will Buckfield saw The Wayfarers declare on 218-6 at tea.

The Hurley reply started in much more sedate fashion with only a dozen runs coming from the first five overs for the loss of Pat Hinnell.

Ben Fraser soon followed, failing to keep out Dewart. Scott Taylor could only chip a Will Buckfield delivery, which stopped in the wicket, to Andy Gorrie at mid-off and Hurley were in trouble at 17-3 after eight overs.

A fourth wicket partnership of 73 between Jo Simon and Jeff Dawson got the innings back on track and with 20 overs remaining 134 more runs were required.

Simon fell straight after the drinks break, lbw to Andy Gorrie. Dawson and Yasir Gul continued to go for their shots until Gorrie struck again to dismiss Dawson with 15 overs left and 107 still needed.

A sharp piece of fielding from Jeal to run out Gul put paid to the hosts’ chances of victory and with Barradell-Pither and Norris both departing with a single to their names it was left to the Walton brothers to survive the last half a dozen overs as Hurley settled for the draw, finishing on 160-8.


S Buckfield, c Barradell-Pither, b Taylor


D Croft, c Gul, b D Walton


S Sodha, b Barradell-Pither


M McGhee, run out


A Gorrie, c Taylor, b Mansell


E Gorrie, b D Walton


W Buckfield, not out


A Jeal, not out




TOTAL (6 wkts)


Best bowling: D Walton 2-47.


P Hinnell, c McLaughlin, b Dewart


J Simon, lbw, ble A Gorrie


B Fraser, b Dewart


y Sc Taylor, c A Gorrie, b W Buckfield


J Dawson, c McLoughlin, b A Gorrie


Y Gul, run out


M Walton, not out

- 9

J Barradell-Pither, b W Buckfield


A Norris, b McLaughlin


D Walton, not out




TOTAL (8 wkts)


Best bowling: W Buckfield 2-17.

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