Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Visitors dig in to take a share of the spoils

THE first ever meeting between HURLEY and SYDENHAM ended with honours even on Sunday.

THE first ever meeting between HURLEY and SYDENHAM ended with honours even on Sunday.

Play got underway at Shepherds Lane an hour late due to rain where the visitors won the toss and asked Hurley to bat first.

Ross Brown and Yasir Gul looked to have the upper hand racing to 30 inside five overs before Brown spooned a catch to mid-off to give Nick Barker the first of three wickets.

Gul soon followed, shuffling across his stumps as Barker swung a full length delivery into his pads. With the pitch offering some assistance to the bowlers, the incoming batsmen took time to adjust and the run rate inevitably slowed.

Scott Taylor continued to show why he is Hurley’s leading run scorer in Sunday cricket this season with some exquisite shots before being undone by a delivery which stopped in the pitch and offering up a catch to Reading at extra cover.



Steve Taylor and Ben Fraser both got in but failed to convert their starts into a significant score. Joe Graham showed patience, grafting for 47 minutes for his five runs.

At 104-6 Hurley were still some way off a competitive total but the lower order dug in against some tight bowling from Matt Reading with the Walton brothers adding 39 for the eighth wicket allowing a declaration at 159-8.

In reply Sydenham struggled to make headway with Brown making the most of the bouncy pitch and finding the edge on a couple of occasions without success.

It was James Woodhams who made the breakthrough when Schurch slapped a long hop to Scott Taylor at extra-cover in the fourth over.

Paul Reynolds and Dan Bradley staged a recovery with a partnership of 32 for the second wicket with Bradley looking to attack whenever possible. This proved to be his downfall as he sliced a wide delivery from Scott Taylor to gully where Gul took a catch above his head.

A sharp piece of fielding from Henry Graham was too good for McKee, who was short of his ground when Graham scored a direct hit from cover-point.

Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals with Joe Graham doing most of the damage aided by some good catching from the Taylors.

Reynolds battled his way to 49 and was on course for a half-century when he skied a Joe Graham delivery and Scott Taylor made no mistake with the catch.

The visitors were reduced to 92-7 with six overs remaining and Hurley sensed victory, however Reading and Sydenham skipper Toby Roe had other ideas, dropping anchor against the combined efforts of Brown and Ahmed.

Steve Taylor was brought into the attack for the penultimate over. He succeeded with his fourth delivery, finding the outside edge for Brown to flop forward at silly point and take the catch.

With two more wickets required from the final over Brown changed to spin but Reading stood firm to earn his side the draw.

HURLEY

Y Gul, lbw, b Barker

13

R Brown, c Schurch, b Barker

19

Sc Taylor, c Reading, b Barker

13

J Graham, c Reading, b Lang

5

St Taylor, b Lang

21

B Fraser, b Lang

16

M Walton, not out

19

H Graham, b Reading

9

D Walton, run out

16

Extras

28



TOTAL (8 wkts)

159

Best bowling: N Barker 3-36, R Lang 2-33.

SYDENHAM

P Reynolds, c Sc Taylor, b J Graham

49

C Schurch, c Sc Taylor, b Woodhams

6

D Bradley, c Gul, b Sc Taylor

19

L McKee, run out

2

R Lang, c J Graham, b D Walton

1

J Ward, c St Taylor, b J Graham

1

N Barker, b J Graham

6

M Reading, not out

6

T Roe, c Brown, b St Taylor

5

F Howarth, not out

2

Extras

10



TOTAL (8 wkts)

107

Best bowling: J Graham 3-10.



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