SCOTT TAYLOR hit an astonishing 177 not out as HURLEY defeated FIDDLERS in a closely fought
SCOTT TAYLOR hit an astonishing 177 not out as HURLEY defeated FIDDLERS in a closely fought match on Sunday.
On winning the toss, Mike Walton opted to bat first on a good track. The early loss of Stephen Wright, bowled by Dave Woodworth for four set the scene for one of the finest innings seen at Shepherds Lane.
Eighteen—year—old Scott Taylor set about the Fiddlers bowling with a flourish, posting the fourth highest score by a Hurley batsman. Taylor’s unbeaten 177 from 140 deliveries included 27 fours and two sixes without offering a chance to the browbeaten fielders. Taylor was ably supported by Alan Morgans, Yasir Gul and his father Steve.
For Fiddlers Mike Salmon was the only bowler to exert any control over the scoring rate with 1—39 from 12 overs as Hurley declared on 252—3 after 44 overs.
The Fiddlers’ reply started in circumspect fashion as openers Richard West and Raul Mohindru looked to build a platform.
Mo Basharat had Mohindru caught by Stephen Wright at backward point with the score on 24. West and Hamza Din pushed the score on to 104—1 at the start of the final hour.
With the required rate slowly rising, West looked to be more aggressive and paid the price, beaten off the pitch by Dave Walton to be stumped by a distance, giving Mike Walton his 250th stumping for Hurley.
Simon Jessup replaced West and together with Din continued the chase. The Hurley field was hit by injuries with Steve Taylor (Achilles) and Mike Walton (back) playing through the pain barrier while Yasir Gul (hamstring) was replaced by his son Hassan in the field.
Steve Taylor got the vital wicket of Din, advancing down the track as Taylor turned one past the outside edge and Walton did the rest.
When Basharat removed Kalirai’s leg stump, Fiddlers were left needing 39 from the last four overs with Jessup and Salmon at the crease. The task proved just too much for them, falling eight runs short at the finish.