Monday, 02 August 2021

Ridgeway’s knock is in vain

THE weather was the only winner as HURLEY took on THE HETAROI at Shepherds Lane on Sunday.

THE weather was the only winner as HURLEY took on THE HETAROI at Shepherds Lane on Sunday.

The visitors won the toss and asked the hosts to bat first on a hard dry track. Father and son opening partnership, Stephen and Cameron Wright made good progress initially with 24 inside five overs before Cameron was beaten by a good delivery from Will Ball. Stephen continued until a shooter from Soundy trapped him in front at 50-2.

Trevor Balchin (25) and Phil Ridgeway (52 not out) kept the scoreboard moving until the rain came after 15 overs.

With prolonged showers in the air the players took an early tea and restarted after nearly two hours’ delay.

Balchin fell to Andrews shortly after the resumption and Scott Taylor (42) was promoted to try and add quick runs, which he did to good effect, adding 88 in 13 overs with Ridgeway allowing the hosts to declare on 166-3, setting The Hetaroi a reasonable target with 30 minutes plus 20 overs to play.



Only nine overs of play was possible in the second innings, much of it in persistent drizzle, before heavier rain forced the players from the field.

James Woodhams made the most of his spell picking up the wickets of John Ball caught behind and Mike Pennington bowled. The game was evenly poised at 59-2 with 20 overs remaining when play was abandoned.



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