IN A reversal of the corresponding match earlier in the season, HURLEY fell to a disappointing
IN A reversal of the corresponding match earlier in the season, HURLEY fell to a disappointing 120 run defeat at BRAYWOOD in Division 2.
Despite the humid heat, Hurley, who have triumphed just twice all season, won the toss and elected to field despite being short of players.
A full team was eventually assembled and two early wickets saw the home side reduced to 38-2 with the returning Ross Brown and Naeem Akhtar taking a wicket apiece.
An 80 run third wicket stand between Jathavedan and skipper Raza swung the match back to the home side. Jathavedan then slapped a full toss to cover where Raj Singh took a comfortable catch and the fluent Raza was snaffled at long off by Akhtar as Mo Basherat claimed the crucial wicket.
However, nearly all of the Braywood batters contributed and a final flourish from Vijayan ensured the hosts declared after 51 overs on 242-8. Phil Ridgeway picked up late wickets thanks to some fine keeping from stand-in keeper Dave Simoes with two sharp stumpings and conceding only one bye.
A solid start from Alan Morgans and Simoes laid a good foundation of 38 in 15 overs before Morgans got frustrated and pulled Vijayan to mid-wicket with Braywood starting with spin and the old ball.
Akhtar was unlucky with one that failed to get high while Bhagwani lofted to mid-off and Steve Taylor drove hard but at a nice height to fall in the same area.
Ross Brown hit some majestic shots but as the field spread to the boundary he failed to clear at deep mid-on who juggled the ball before completing the catch.
At 113-6 only Simoes stood sentinel but with only Ridgeway to come and a long tail, the game was up. Hurley folded to Shah, dismissed for 122 in 40 overs. Simoes was the eighth wicket to fall after his long vigil and Mo Basherat was out third ball.
Y Ahmed, c Singh, b Brown
D Cox, c Simoes, b Akhtar
N Jathareden, c Singh, b Bhagwani
A Raza, c Akhtar, b Basherat
M Waheed, c Brown, b Bhagwani
N Akhtar, st Simoes, b Ridgeway
F Shah, st Simoes, b Ridgeway
R McDermott, c Basherat, b Ridgeway
P Vijayan, not out
S Bennett, not out
TOTAL (8 wkts)
Best bowling: P Ridgeway 3-33, V Bhagwani 2-65.
A Morgans, c Ahmed, b Vijayan
D Simoes, c Murthy, b Vijayan
N Akhtar, b Vijayan
V Bhagwani, c Waheed, b Bennett
S Taylor, c McDermott, b Bennett
R Brown, c Shah, b McDermott
J Woodhams, b Shah
P Ridgeway, c Jatharedan, b Shah
R Singh, b Shah
D Walton, not out
M Basherat, c Ahmed, b Shah
HARPSDEN made it eight wins out of eight as they maintained their lead at the top of Division 3 after winning at LITTLEWICK GREEN.
The hosts won the toss and elected to bowl on a slow pitch and immediately saw their decision rewarded as the in-form Adam Birkett attempt a run in the third over which saw him depart for 5.
Harpsden captain Will Stevens looked to recover the innings with a fluent 22 before being bowled by Allum, and when Paice was caught off the same bowler in the same over, Harpsden were struggling at 32-3 off 10.
A partnership of 130 between Bryan and Whittaker, who scored his second hundred in as many league games, rescued the Harpsden innings, after a gesture of good sportsmanship from Littlewick reprieved Bryan after being given out caught behind.
After Bryan fell for his half century important knocks from Imlay and Hancock helped aid Whittaker to hit 103 allowing Harpsden to declare on 256-7 off just 42 overs.
The Littlewick Green reply started well for the hosts as Fuller and Lucey started steadily, in the face of a fine opening spell from Bradley.
The openers put on 33 before Brown bowled Lucey in the ninth over. Another partnership between Fuller and Hickman kept Littlewick Green in with a chance of a draw, as 16 overs passed without a wicket.
Chances were also being dropped by the visitors, and it took a fine catch at gully from A Birkett to remove Fuller for 22 off the bowling of Hancock.
Three wickets in two overs from Wright seemed to be the catalyst to take the match away from Littlewick as the score plunged from 88-2 in the 33rd over, to 129 all out in the 48th as Paice and Brown entered to rip through the middle and lower order.
Paice’s introduction brought immediate impact as good catches from Brown and Wright, along with a fine catch at short-leg by man-of-the-match Whittaker rewarded Paice’s tight bowling.
Three wickets apiece for Brown, Wright and Paice along with Hancock’s crucial wicket of Fuller displayed an outstanding team effort as they extended their advantage at the top of the table.
J Paice, c â??, b Allum
A Birkett, run out
W Stevens, b Allum
A Bryan, c â??, b Leakey
C Whittaker, c â??, b Lane
S Imlay, c â??, b Herbert
T Hancock, c â??, b S Ali
J Wright, not out
TOTAL (7 wkts)
Best bowling: M Allum 2-24.
S Fuller, c â??, b Hancock
J Lucey, b Brown
M Hickman, c â??, b Paice
C Leakey, b Wright
Z Ali, b Wright
M Allum, c â??, b Wright
B Green, b Brown
S Lane, c â??, b Paice
D Herron, c â??, b Paice
C Sethi, b Brown
F Herbert, not out
A good all round team performance saw HURLEY 2nds complete the double over THE LEE 2nds in Division 2 at Shepherds Lane.
Mike Cole won the toss and influenced by the green tinge to the wicket, invited the visitors to bat first.
The Lee’s father-and-son opening partnership of Mike and Ben Harris struggled against the new ball sent down by Scott Taylor and Dave Pollitt with only two scoring shots in the first four overs.
Taylor made the initial breakthrough with the score on 23, an in-swinging full toss thudding into the base of Ben’s off stump.
Phil Wideson joined his skipper and played the supporting role in a 57 run partnership. Hurley temporarily lost the services of Clive Williams who deflected the ball on to his nose and had to leave the field to get patched up. Williams returned to take a sharp catch in the gully to dismiss Mike Harris for 54 off Cole. Wideson played a ramp shot for four off Cole but followed it up by whipping a leg-stump half-volley into the hands of the diving Henry Graham at square-leg.
Alex Norris picked up his first league wickets to leave The Lee on 110-5 after 27 overs. Michael Stark, playing his first match of the season, was largely responsible for the visitors posting a competitive total. Coming in at 99-4 he scored 83 out of the remaining 125 runs. As the fielders started to wilt in the heat, runs started to flow more easily, but Hurley kept to their task.
Henry Graham chipped in with the wickets of Francis and Boyd while Nigel Haines, the veteran slow left arm spinner, finished off the innings with 3-25. Stark was the last wicket to fall, edging to the keeper as The Lee finished on 235 all out from 44.5 overs, their highest total of the season.
The Hurley reply started in similar circumspect fashion to The Lee’s innings, reaching 20 in the seventh over for the loss of Paul Todd, run out attempting a risky second.
Williams showed no ill effects to his bang on the nose, playing some good shots in his innings of 22 before chipping Felix Gibson to Wideson at mid-off.
Josh Cole could only manage a single, lofting Gibson to square-leg where Ben Harris held a simple catch. At 66-3 Hurley needed to consolidate and a 30 run partnership between Scott Taylor and Mike Walton in eight overs steadied things down.
Taylor looked in good form until an indeterminate shot outside the off stump saw him edge to the keeper off Rob Walsh. With the required rate hovering around four to five an over, Hurley kept up with the pace; Henry Graham added 24 as he and Walton added 32 in five overs.
When Graham missed a straight delivery from Wideson the match was evenly poised with the hosts requiring another 106 from 24 overs with five wickets remaining.
Mike Cole joined Walton in the middle and the batsmen gradually started to take control with Cole punishing anything wayward from the tiring bowlers. Harris chopped and changed his bowlers to no avail although Ben Harris returning to bowl off-spin did exert some control despite being pulled for a rare six by Mike Walton.
With Cole in flowing form, Walton was happy to play the supporting role as the match slowly turned in favour of the hosts.
The penultimate over saw Cole dropped off consecutive deliveries from Gibson as he tried to finish the match in a hurry but 13 runs from Walsh’s next over saw Hurley home with eight overs to spare.
THE LEE 2nds
M Harris, c Williams, b M Cole
B Harris, b Taylor
P Wideson, c H Graham, b M Cole
H Rice, b Norris
S Pain, b Norris
M Stark, c Walton, b Haines
J Francis, b H Graham
C Boyd, c Taylor, b H Graham
R Walsh, c Pollitt, b Haines
R McDavitt, b Haines
F Gibson, not out
Best bowling: N Haines 3-25, A Norris 2-28, M Cole 2-30, H Graham 2-48.