Whittaker’s six earns side promotion at first attempt
A DEPLETED HURLEY side lost out in a crucial Division 2 relegation clash away at TAPLOW
A DEPLETED HURLEY side lost out in a crucial Division 2 relegation clash away at TAPLOW 2nds on Saturday.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first but were soon in trouble as they lost Steve Wright to an inside edge and skipper Naeem Akhtar to an undisciplined swipe with the score on 29.
Dave Simoes and Phil Ridgeway then came together with a third wicket stand of 111 to set the visitors up for a competitive total. Both played good innings in the face of some pacey bowling, but it was the introduction of 13-year-old Khan bowling slow left arm round that surprised Simoes with a quicker delivery to bowl the opener with Hurley 140-3 from 38 overs. Ridgeway fell four overs later lbw to Khan.
Scott Taylor hit a fluid innings as Clive Williams hit two straight boundaries before getting out to cover. Ben Fraser then fell lbw to Khan as Hurley’s innings closed on 185-6.
Hurley got off to a good start with the ball reducing Taplow to 4-2. The first ball of the innings surprised Dale Barton as Ridgeway took the old ball and the outside edge and Simoes took the catch behind.
Naeem Akhtar also employed his spin to bowl Nick Heaton in the fourth over. Sam Jordan and Matt Newman slowly turned things round, at first against the spin, but then more confidently as pace was introduced with the new ball. These two added a match winning 139 for the third wicket as Hurley’s fielding became sloppy.
Cameron Wright saw his dad spill Jordan at long off from his second delivery and two overs later could have had the same batsman at point. He was finally rewarded with the wicket of Newman driving at extra cover with the score on 143-3.
This breakthrough brought two more quick wickets as Mills lofted Ridgeway and Callum Stay fell to a catch by Colin Ainger at slip who fell to his right and grasped the one-handed catch.
With the score on 146-5 Matt Roberts was in a hurry smashing his brief innings in 19 balls and although Ridgeway picked him up caught and bowled, Taplow ran out victors by four wickets in 43 overs.
S Wright, b Barton
D Simoes, b Khan
N Akhtar, c Mills, b Jones
P Ridgeway, lbw, b Khan
Sc Taylor, not out
C Williams, c Roberts, b Newman
B Fraser, lbw, b Khan
St Taylor, not out
TOTAL (6 wkts)
D Barton, c Simoes, b Ridgeway
N Heaton, b Akhtar
S Jordan, not out
M Newman, c Ridgeway, b Wright
A Mills, c Sc Taylor, b Ridgeway
C Stay, c Ainger, b Akhtar
M Roberts, c & b Ridgeway
J Sohata, not out
TOTAL (6 wkts)
HARPSDEN clinched promotion as they maintained their 100 per cent Division 3 record with victory at PINNER.
The visitors won the toss and invited the hosts to bat first. This proved to be a useful toss to win as the damp pitch provided both Tom Hancock and Johnny Wright plenty of assistance.
However, the pitch was so helpful that although the score wasn’t moving, neither was the wickets column as time and again the Pinner openers groped at thin air. As the shine came off the ball Fells started to get the scoreboard moving with some hard straight hitting.
This flurry of runs was swiftly cut off by the introduction of Rod Birkett, who picked up three wickets in his spell of seam and swing bowling. His 15 overs went for just 44 runs. Jack Brown chipped in with a couple of wickets at the other end.
The return of Wright and Hancock was too much for the Pinner middle order as Wright picked up two wickets and Hancock three.
Some late resistance from Xetenarvencar got Pinner to 152 which although below par would still be a challenge on a helpful pitch.
Harpsden started well through Sam Imlay who struck three early boundaries but was to be bowled by the Pinner skipper with the score on 20.
After this early setback Adam Birkett and Ben Watson provided stability to the innings as Harpsden built solidly towards the target. Both were to fall just short of a half century.
Any nerves in the Harpsden camp were quickly settled as the big hitting pairing of Andy Bryan and Christian Whittaker quickly advanced Harpsden to a seven wicket victory.
The win was sealed with a six from Whittaker over the adjacent trees, a result of which saw the villager side promoted during their first season in the league.
R Fells, c Hancock, b Birkett
N Williams, b Birkett
R Pandian, lbw, b Brown
A Majeed, c Whittaker, b Wright
S Khan, c Imlay, b Birkett
K Mistry, b Wright
O Xetenarvencar, c Wright, b Hancock
R Pandya, c Whittaker, b Hancock
I Gahunia, c Brown, b Hancock
H Poovaiah, c Wright, b Brown
D Langan, not out
Imlay, b D Langan
Birkett, st R Pandian, b K Mistry
Watson, c K Mistry, b I Gahunia
Bryan, not out
Whittaker, not out
TOTAL (3 wkts)
HURLEY 2nds’ young side were put to the sword by Division 4 promotion-chasing BRAYWOOD 2nds at Shepherds Lane.
On losing the toss, the hosts were invited to bat first and 13-year-old Josh Cole was pressed into service as an opener with the experienced Mike Walton. Both batsmen struggled to score against some accurate bowling by Amir Moughal and Rauf Safwan. The opening partnership had only managed eight runs in as many overs when Cole edged on to his stumps off Safwan.
Two more wickets in the over, with Asif Junaid trapped in front and Henry Graham bowled playing back to a full length delivery saw the hosts in trouble at 8-3.
Three more runs had been added when Safwan Yorked Joe Graham. While the carnage was going on at the other end Walton stood resolute. At 11-4 Hurley were in danger of being rolled over but Ali and Walton dug in to add 46 for the fifth wicket.
Walton’s vigil was ended by a one handed catch from Colin Russell at slip, diving to his left to take a deflection off the keeper’s glove.
Three wickets in 14 deliveries from Hanif saw Hurley slump again to 68-8. A spirited rearguard action by Nigel Haines and Dave Walton saw Hurley to 113-9 with Walton stumped off the penultimate delivery of the innings.
Defending a small total on a good batting track was always going to be a big ask for the hosts who opted to open the bowling with Nigel Haines and Alex Norris, both bowlers bowling without reward.
With the batsmen gaining in confidence and Rizmy showing his full repertoire of leg side slogs, Braywood were more than half way to their target when Mike Cole replaced Haines to strike with his first ball as Rizmy chopped on to his stumps. Rackley-Hayes hit an unbeaten 31 to see his side home without further alarm.
M Walton, c Russell, b Jeyarajah
J Cole, b Safwan
A Junaid, lbw, b Safwan
H Graham, b Safwan
J Graham, b Safwan
A Ali, b Hanif
M Cole, c Craig, b Hanif
N Haines, not out
A Norris, b Hanif
D Walton, st Craig, b Jeyarajah
J Barradell-Pither, not out
TOTAL (9 wkts)
Best bowling: R Safwan 4-21, S Hanif 3-9, J Jeyarajah 2-32.