League leaders frustrated by record last-wicket stand
A DEPLETED HURLEY side lost out at home to WHITE WALTHAM 2nds last Saturday in Division
A DEPLETED HURLEY side lost out at home to WHITE WALTHAM 2nds last Saturday in Division 2.
Hurley lost the toss and were put into bat first. Openers Imran Arshad and Dave Simoes found the going difficult on a lively wicket with Arshad being caught in the opening over at square leg.
Simoes and Akhtar built a second wicket stand of 23 before Jez Ellis got one to rattle the bat, pad and stumps to dismiss Akhtar.
Varun Sharma was next out lbw before Alan Morgans provided the foil to the obdurate Simoes but inevitably fell to Ellis with Hurley slumping to 57-4.
Ellis then trapped Simoes lbw to leave the hosts on 62-5. Phil Ridgeway hit six boundaries before Javeed Hussain hit the seam and took Ridgeway’s off bail.
Ben Fraser was unlucky to find the only fielder deep on the leg side before Ben Poole produced some strong hitting before Hussain again found a way through.
Hurley lost their last seven wickets for 57 and lasted only 43 overs to post 114 all out.
In reply Akhtar removed Rowley and Nasir with good pace to leave the visitors on 19-2.
Arshad bowled Earl as he hit the ball to leg and Akhtar trapped Parham and his pace took the edge of Mike Chapman, well taken by keeper Simoes.
White Waltham found themselves perilous at 50-6 but Patel and Jeff Brooker added a crucial 20 before Ridgeway rattled Patel’s stumps and followed up in his next over to repeat the feat to dismiss Brooker.
Hurley were on the verge of an unlikely victory as the visitors stared down the barrel at 79-8 but experience told and Mike Salmon poached two sixes and a couple of fours to ease White Waltham home inside 45 overs.
I Arshad, c Din, b Brooker
D Simoes, lbw, b Ellis
N Akhtar, b Ellis
V Sharma, lbw, b Ellis
A Morgans, b Ellis
P Ridgeway, b Hussain
B Fraser, c Brooker, b Hussain
B Poole, b Hussain
R Shah, b Salmon
C Poole, b Hussain
D Walton, not out
WHITE WALTHAM 2nds
C Rowley, c Simoes, b Akhtar
M Nasir, b Akhtar
M Chapman, c Simoes, b Akhtar
M Earl, b Arshad
A Parham, lbw, b Akhtar
Z Patel, b Ridgeway
M Din, run out
J Brooker, b Ridgeway
J Ellis, not out
M Salmon, not out
TOTAL (8 wkts)
Best bowling: N Akhtar 4-28, P Ridgeway 2-15.
HURLEY 2nds frustrated Division 4 promotion-chasing WINCHMORE HILL with a long rearguard action to save the game.
On winning the toss the home skipper opted to bat first with Hurley having a couple of players arriving late.
A wayward first over from Asif Junaid got the hosts off to a flying start but Junaid atoned in his second over, dismissing Mark Dickson with a delivery which straightened to take the off stump via an outside edge.
By the time Hurley were up to full strength Ross Brown had accounted for Winchmore skipper Stuart Banham who chopped on to his stumps.
Colin Massey fell in the same fashion at 107-3 in the 21st over. A good piece of fielding by James Taylor, backed up by a diving take from Mike Walton appeared to have sent Pearce on his way but the square-leg umpire ruled that Pearce had made his ground.
Pearce made the most of his good fortune making 118 before falling to Junaid. Brown returned to pick up the wickets of Mason and Bakkes before Winchmore Hill declared on 280-6 from 50 overs.
The Hurley opening pair of Jeff Dawson and Abdullah Ali found life difficult against Reading and Wilkins.
Ali looked to have found his timing with a cover drive for four but failed to add to this before falling to a catch in the slips by Dickson off the bowling of Reading.
Scott Taylor played fluently with three boundaries in his innings of 16 which was cut short by Reading who produced a fine delivery to take the off stump. James Taylor’s return only lasted three deliveries, one of which he sent flying to the boundary, before falling to a deflected catch in the slips by Banham to give Reading his third wicket.
Jeff Dawson provided some stoical occupation of the crease before being sent on his way by the fickle finger of the umpire to become Reading’s fourth victim.
At 34-4 Hurley had their backs to the wall but Josh Cole showed some dogged determination. Three wickets in two overs saw Hurley staring at a heavy defeat on 59-8.
Once again it was captain Cole and vice-captain Walton who saved their side with an unbeaten ninth wicket partnership of 60 in 21 overs defying everything Winchmore could muster.
A sharp chance spilled by Dickson off Cole at short-extra and a close lbw shout against Walton were the only glimmers of hope for the hosts as the two batsmen played an otherwise faultless innings to finish on 119-8.