Duo smash centuries to help side maintain promotion charge
HURLEY crashed to their seventh Division 2 defeat of the season last Saturday, but not before giving high flying PINKNEYS
HURLEY crashed to their seventh Division 2 defeat of the season last Saturday, but not before giving high flying PINKNEYS GREEN a nervous few overs at the end of a long match.
Visiting Pinkneys Green won the toss and opted to bat. The fifth over saw Naeem Akhtar knock over Ben Peck’s off-stump without scoring but with Asif in fine form the visitors’ score moved to 58 before a change of bowling saw Mo Basherat cut short Asif’s innings.
Chris Hayes survived an early shout for caught behind while Jags Dhillon fell to Basherat as the batsman attempted to pull but only succeeded in dragging the ball to mid-on where Ridgeway snaffled a comfortable catch.
A partnership of 82 in 13 overs came between Hayes and Mehmood before Scott Taylor trapped Mehmood lbw with the score on 154-3. A big score loomed, but Hurley chipped away with a run out by keeper George Lewis throwing down the stumps at the far end to leave Jacobs stranded and Akhtar and Phil Ridgeway ensuring Pinkneys were bowled out in 46.1 overs for 228.
In reply Asif dismissed Imran Arshad in the fifth over before Akhtar was bowled by Mark Peck. Varun Sharma hit 53 before he was bowled by Ahmed with the score on 83-2 in 20 overs.
Hurley’s middle order wa blown away as 83-2 became 86-6 in four overs. Scott Taylor left one that arched into him, Lucas pushed to cover and Steve Taylor had no answer to Peck.
A bright partnership between the Poole twins added 20 before Charlie was bowled by Asif and Ben top edged to where Hayes ran round to pouch the looping catch. Hurley had collected one batting point at 119-8 and looked defeated with still 22 overs in hand and 110 needed.
Ridgeway took an instant liking to skipper Tariq taking 16 off the 32nd over. With measured driving and favoured clips to leg aided by a fast outfield, the deficit dwindled with Mike Walton applying resolute defence at the other end. These two added 50 forcing the visitors to shuffle their pack and bring back Peck who found a lifting delivery at the river end to clip Walton’s glove with Hurley on 169 and the last pair standing. Next over Ridgeway flayed hard at a wide delivery and fell to the one slip fielder to leave Hurley 60 runs short with 12 overs remaining.
N Asif, b Basherat
B Purchase, b Akhtar
C Hayes, b Ridgeway
J Dhillon, c Ridgeway, b Basherat
B Mehmood, lbw, b Scott Taylor
T Butt, c Walton, b Ridgeway
R Jacobs, run out
M Nazir, c Steve Taylor, b Akhtar
I Tariq, b Akhtar
M Peck, b Ridgeway
S Ahmed, not out
Best bowling: P Ridgeway 3-25, N Akhtar 3-29, M Basherat 2-27.
I Arshad, b Asif
V Sharma, b Ahmed
N Akhtar, b Peck
Sc Taylor, b Peck
G Lucas, c Butt, b Ahmed
C Poole, b Asif
St Taylor, b Peck
B Poole, c Hayes, b Asif
P Ridgeway, c Asif, b Dhillon
M Walton, c Mehmood, b Peck
M Basherat, not out
HARPSDEN continued their unbeaten record in Division 3 as they proved far to strong for a relegation-threatened COLESHILL.
After losing the toss and being put into bat, Harpsden made a strong start, as they reached 49-0 after 10 overs. Stevens and Birkett continued to find the boundary with regularity before Stevens fell for 45 with the score on 93-1 after 18 overs. With Bryan joining Birkett there proved to be no let-up to the scoring with any loose bowling being punished, Birkett eventually fell attempting one shot to many as he was bowled for 58.
This dismissal proved to be a catalyst for Harpsden as Bryan and new batsmen Imlay further upped the run rate with some brutal boundary hitting combined with sharp running.
No matter what Coleshill threw at them, the batsman continued to punish the bowling in what was one of the most destructive partnerships ever seen at Harpsden. Bryan soon completed his second century in as many league matches and Imlay soon followed with his century. By the time Harpsden declared on 323-2, the batsmen had put on 176 in just 15 overs.
This gave Harpsden 60 overs to bowl Coleshill out for victory. They made a good start with Paice removing Ullman thanks to a one handed diving catch at short cover from Whittaker.
What followed proved to be a frustrating period for Harpsden, as they struggled to make inroads into the Coleshill line-up on an increasingly flat wicket.
Brown removed Amar for a dogged 14 before the Edwards duo put on 97 for the third wicket. The breakthrough proved to be key as Brown and A Birkett formed a formidable spin partnership to start chipping away at the Coleshill line-up.
A mixture of poor batting and tight bowling proved to be the batsmen’s downfall as Harpsden tore the middle and lower order to shreds to take the last seven wickets for just 39 runs. Brown’s eventual figures of 14.5-1-52-6 proved to be match winning, but A Birkett’s 10-3-25-2 also proved crucial as Harpsden made it 12 wins from as many matches to cement their place at the top of the table.