Thursday, 24 June 2021

Spree lets Hurley off the hook

HURLEY took 85 out of a possible 90 points in their final three games to avoid

HURLEY took 85 out of a possible 90 points in their final three games to avoid the drop to Division 3.

They visited PENN & TYLERS GREEN still needing a win to be assured of safety and were put in to bat on a damp wicket.

Openers Scott Taylor (4) and Dave Simoes (72) began cautiously before Taylor went in the seventh.

Simoes and Naeem Akhtar (51) added 115 before Tayab (4-47) ended the partnership with his second ball, beating Akhtar’s forward defensive.

Tayab threatened to derail Hurley as the visitors declined from 115-1 to 158-5.

Ross Brown (37) produced another classy innings, while Imran Arshad (21 not out) and Vik Bhagwani (10 not out) eased Hurley past their goal, setting Penn & Tylers Green 237 to win.

Khan (26) and Tayab (34) hit 43 in eight overs before Khan gloved Brown (2-37) and was caught by Simoes.

Tayab and Royce (12) lifted Penn & Tylers Green to 73-1 with only 13 overs consumed.

Skipper Akhtar (3-20) then brought himself on and immediately bowled Royce and Dickinson in the 14th.

Phil Ridgeway (2-8) helped clean up the tail but it was Ross Brown generating good pace who took out Latta’s leg stump to give Hurley victory by 86 runs and 11 overs to spare.

HARPSDEN completed an unprecedented feat against LITTLE MARLOW as they finished the season with 16 wins in 16 league matches.

Harpsden made a solid start, reaching 24-0 after four overs before Birkett was bowled by Goss.

Whittaker (155) joined Imlay (95) for what proved to be the match-winning partnership, with Harpsden declaring on 302-6.

Harpsden made a tight start with the old ball as Little Marlow reached 0-10 off six overs at tea.

Hancock and Stevens then bowled with good pace and movement, with the former flattening Ryan’s off-stump before removing Yakoob and having danger-man Rashid caught, as Little Marlow teetered on 30-3.

Ali and Hussain then rebuilt the innings with some hard hitting before both batsmen fell in quick succession.

With Little Marlow six wickets down Harpsden appeared to be cruising to victory, but Holmes had other ideas as he regularly found the boundary as well as occupying the crease.

Bradley bowled Goss to leave Harpsden needing just one wicket from the final five overs.

Off-spinner Brown proved to be the man as Holmes chopped on for 90 to spark jubilant scenes for the Harpsden fielders.

The match between HURLEY 2nds and GREAT KINGSHILL 2nds at Shepherds Lane saw more than 360 runs scored for the loss of only four wickets.

Mike Walton (54, not out) top-scored for Hurley, with Alan Morgans (53, not out), as the hosts made 183-2.

But with the wicket and outfield drying out during the day following heavy rain in midweek Great Kingshill managed 184-2, with Selby 74 not out and Prothero hitting 79, also not out.

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