DESPITE removing COLESHILL skipper Dom Spencer cheaply, HURLEY could not prevent a strong visiting side chasing
DESPITE removing COLESHILL skipper Dom Spencer cheaply, HURLEY could not prevent a strong visiting side chasing down their 212-7 with five overs and six wickets in hand during Saturday’s Division 2 clash.
Hurley skipper Phil Ridgeway won the toss and on a good pitch elected to bat. The hosts put on 44 in 17 overs before Alan Morgans was trapped lbw by Bambridge. Naeem Akhtar followed soon after.
Next over Dave Simoes ended his pivotal innings steering Scott into the slips. Phil Ridgeway and Steve Taylor rebuilt with a fourth wicket stand of 47 in 10 overs before overconfidence led Ridgeway to loop to mid-on.
Ross Brown came and went in cavalier fashion as Hurley floundered on 114-5 from 35 overs. Taylor provided the ideal stay to anchor the innings while a blistering 53 from Varun Sharma in 31 balls — losing three balls, hitting four sixes — demolished the bowling of Spencer. Sharma launched Hurley to a respectable 212-7 from their 52 overs.
Hurley had little luck in dislodging the opening pair of Lee Skinner and Dan Stay as these two amassed an opening stand of 107 in 25 overs and put the match beyond the home side.
The drinks break gave Hurley a glimmer when Skinner stepped towards Mo Basherat fourth ball and a quick thinking Simoes threw down the stumps. The run-rate slowed as Stay and Spencer added 36 before Spencer dollied Basherat to gully.
Bambridge hit a quick 17 but Akhtar produced a delivery that left him and was snaffled behind. With the door only slightly ajar at 180-4, Coleshill closed out the match as Bradshaw hit 32 as the visitors eased home and condemned Hurley to defeat.
A Morgans, lbw, b Bambridge
D Simoes, c E Spencer, b Scott
N Akhtar, c Bradshaw, b Bambridge
P Ridgeway, c Stay, b Scott
S Taylor, not out
R Brown, c Taylor, b Edwards
C Williams, lbw, b Edwards
V Sharma, b Edwards
V Bhagwani, not out
TOTAL (7 wkts)
Best bowling: C Edwards 3-40, M Cambridge 2-41, M Scott 2-49.
L Skinner, run out
D Stay, c Brown, b Sharma
D Spencer, c Brown, b Basherat
M Bambridge, c Simoes, b Akhtar
T Bradshaw, not out
C Edwards, not out
TOTAL (4 wkts)
HARPSDEN completed a memorable victory as they chased THE LEE’S 299 with six balls to spare to make it nine wins from nine and maintain their place at the top of the Division 3 table.
The visitors lost the toss and were put into the field. Harpsden made a strong start with the ball as Stevens and Wright bowled with pace and hostility.
The breakthrough came when Channer edged one behind to the waiting Bryan who took a one-handed catch.
Harpsden made another quick breakthrough with Mason edging a flashing drive from Wright to the waiting Hancock at second slip. This brought Line to the crease to join Atkins. The partnership soon passed 50 before Line was removed for 24. From this point on it became the Atkins show as he pummelled the ball to all parts in a majestic 138. Some late order lusty hitting took The Lee to 298-9 from their 52 overs.
Birkett and Imlay made a strong start as they reached 46-0 after 10 overs. Birkett was the first man to fall after he was clean bowled by Perceval for 24. This brought the in form Whittaker to the crease to join Imlay, who was already regularly finding the boundary.
Whittaker was soon into his stride as he smashed Lapham for 16 in an over. This proved to be the turning point as both batsmen managed to up the run rate to put Harpsden on course.
The momentum then swung again, as Hutt removed Imlay for 62, and Bryan for just 1 as Harpsden found themselves on 145-3 with 24 overs left to bat.
Hancock and Whittaker set about taking Harpsden to victory, both batsmen pounced on anything loose as The Lee started to tire in the field. Whittaker passed 50 as Harpsden’s confidence grew but this took a dent as Whittaker was removed for 71.
Stevens and Hancock continued to pressure The Lees fielders, with sharp running and hard boundary hitting. Hancock fell attempting one shot too many as he was well caught at long on for 48.
Despite The Lee sensing a chance, their hopes were soon emphatically crushed as Wright and Stevens guided Harpsden home to a five-wicket win.
M Channer, c Bryan, b T Stevens
J Atkins, c A Birkett, b Wright
F Mason, c B Hancock, b Wright
J Line, c Paice, b R Birkett
M Hutt, b R Birkett
J Hutt, c Imlay, b Brown
M Lapham, c Wright, b Brown
T Line, not out
G Sussum, b Paice
W Young, c A Birkett, b Brown
F Perceval, not out
TOTAL (9 wkts)
S Imlay, b M Hutt
A Birkett, b Perceval
C Whittaker, c J Line, b J Hutt
A Bryan, c Channer, b M Hutt
B Hancock, c T Line, b Young
W Stevens, not out
J Wright, not out
TOTAL (5 wkts)
Best bowling: M Hutt 2-34.
HURLEY 2nds picked up a draw in their Division 4 clash at BRAYWOOD 2nds. The visitors fielded first as Braywood got off to a good start, reaching 31 after four overs. Asif Junaid struck in the fifth over as Moughal chased a wide delivery, edging it to the keeper. Colin Russell and Gufram Ahmed frustrated the fielders, playing and missing on several occasions and with mishit shots falling into spaces.
Joe Graham replaced Taylor and along with Junaid achieved some control over the scoring rate. The second wicket partnership was ended two short of a century by Mike Cole producing a delivery that jagged back to take Russell’s off stump as he tried to cut, precipitating a mini collapse as two wickets in an over from Nigel Haines reduced the hosts to 140-4.
Haines and Dave Walton made things difficult for the batsmen as Ahmed and Hanif looked to rebuild. With wickets in hand the inevitable acceleration came towards the end of the innings with Ahmed reaching his century, consisting of almost exclusively leg-side shots. The declaration came after 51 overs with the total on 263-4.
In reply Hurley sent out their youngest ever opener in 12-year-old Josh Cole with Abdullah Ali to face Moughal and Safwan. Ali was the first to fall, shuffling forward to a Yorker from Safwan with the score on two.
Henry Graham and Asif Junaid both failed to trouble the scorers as Hurley wickets fell quickly. Cole made a valiant 11 runs before swiping across the line to Moughal.
At 17-4 after 10 overs Hurley were deep in the mire as Mike Walton joined Alex Norris at the crease. Another half a dozen runs were added for the loss of Norris and with half the side gone inside 14 overs, the chances of Hurley chasing down another 235 for victory were slim. Scott Taylor hit 31 out of a sixth wicket partnership of 40. Taylor fell trying to loft Jeyarajah over the covers, Safwan taking a one-handed catch over his head.
With four wickets required from 24 overs, Braywood were favourites but Mike Cole and Mike Walton had other ideas. As Walton blocked solidly, Cole played sensibly, punishing anything lose to keep the scoreboard ticking and bring up the first batting point.
Eventually Cole’s patience ran out as Russell tempted him into one big shot too many, Safwan again providing a safe pair of hands. The same combination struck again in the next over to dismiss Joe Graham leaving nine overs to get the last two wickets.
With Hurley’s two most experienced players together it was not going to be easy for the hosts and the frustration built as each over went by. Safwan was brought back and with three overs remaining found the edge of Haines’ bat, but Bobby Hussain failed to hang on the sharp chance at slip. There were no further alarms for Hurley as they finished on 159-8.