Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Taylor’s knock not enough as ICL hold out for draw

A DRY wicket greeted the players of hosts HURLEY and BRITISH AIRWAYS for an end

A DRY wicket greeted the players of hosts HURLEY and BRITISH AIRWAYS for an end of season friendly on Saturday.

Raheem won the toss and opted to bat first for the visitors. Khan and Malik set off at a reasonable rate posting 38 in seven overs before two consecutive wicket maidens for Asif Junaid sent both openers back. Malik was the first to go, falling to a one-handed catch by Scott Taylor in the covers. Khan joined his partner back in the pavilion playing across the line to an in-swinger from Junaid.

Taylor and Norris couldn’t find any consistency but were both unlucky to see catches go down. An 80 run partnership between Danish and Nasir put the visitors in a good position at 122 before a rush of blood saw Danish half way down the wicket before Dave Walton pushed the ball wide of the batsman to give Mike Walton a simple stumping.

Walton and Phil Ridgeway continued to turn the screw with six wickets in eight overs to reduce the visitors to 159-8 after 30 overs. Nothey and Raheem hit an unbeaten 61 for the ninth wicket to take the visitors to 220-8 from their allotted 40 overs.

Hurley’s run chase never got off the ground as Malik and Nothey restricted the opening pair of Imran Arshad and Henry Graham to 16 from the first eight overs. Although both batsmen looked comfortable, runs were hard to come by. Malik picked up the first of his three wickets when Arshad played all round a straight delivery. Graham was bowled off his pads two overs later, with Faisal Ahmed having holed out off Nothey in the previous over.

The loss of five wickets in as many overs for seven runs knocked the stuffing out of the Hurley batting line-up. Ridgeway and Junaid flattered to deceive but by the drinks interval the hosts were staring defeat in the face at 61-7.

Abdullah Ali and Mike Walton showed some determined resistance and a spirited 16 from Dave Walton helped Hurley to pass three figures but the game ended in the 34th over with the hosts bowled out for 120.


A Khan, b Junaid


A Malik, c Taylor, b Junaid


Nasir, b D Walton


Danish, st M Walton, b D Walton


Ishver, lbw, b Ridgeway


Zeeshan, b Ridgeway


Aqib, b D Walton


Geet, c J Graham, b D Walton


Nothey, not out


Raheem, not out




TOTAL (8 wkts)


Best bowling: D Walton 4-46, A Junaid 2-18.


I Arshad, b Malik


H Graham, b Malik


F Ahmed, c Azam, b Nothey


J Graham, lbw, b Nothey


A Ali, c Nothey, b Akeel


Sc Taylor, lbw, b Malik


P Ridgeway, b Geet


A Junaid, c Nothey, b Geet


M Walton, b Ishver


D Walton, b Nasir


A Norris, not out






Best bowling: Malik 3-18, Nothey 2-9, Geet 2-25.

The final match of the season at Shepherds Lane had a thrilling finish between HURLEY and ICL with the result in the balance until the final ball on Sunday.

Hurley batted first and got off to a flying start as Shaan Hussein hit 26 out of an opening partnership of 28 from 20 deliveries. Having lofted Humphreys over the pavilion and losing the ball in the process, Hussein played all around the next delivery and lost his middle stump.

Steve Taylor hit 29 in a 50 run partnership with Yasir Gul before a delivery from Humphreys nipped back to take the off stump. The loss of Gul, caught and bowled Fenn in the next over, saw Hurley pegged back to 80-3 after 15 overs.

Cameron Wright chipped back a return catch to ICL skipper Joe Wyatt at 93-4. Scott Taylor showed a welcome return to form sharing a 107 run partnership for the fifth wicket with his skipper Mike Walton.

Some erratic bowling from the pacy Banergee saw the extras total mounting as Taylor and Walton took full advantage of the keeper’s inability to stop some of Banergee’s more wayward deliveries.

The score had reached 200 when Walton was deceived by the whirling dervish style and double bounce of Patel and chipped back a return catch. Another 14 runs were added by Taylor and Dave Walton as Hurley finished on 214-6.

The ICL reply suffered an early setback with three wickets falling for eight runs in three overs. Junaid was the first to strike after McGowan had edged him through the slips for a boundary; the next ball found the off stump via an inside edge.

John Garret slapped Mo Basharat to Scott Taylor in the covers and Junaid followed up by trapping Banergee in front. A double bowling change saw Dave Walton and Jordan Barradell-Pither introduced and both found success.

Simon Mott played across the line to a straight delivery from Walton and Barradell-Pither struck twice, a return catch to dismiss Haines and Steve Taylor providing a safe pair of hands to account for Patel.

With 125 runs required from 18 overs, and six wickets down the odds were in favour of Hurley, but the batsmen kept chipping away, keeping up with the required rate, forcing the field back. Some poor fielding from the home side didn’t help their cause as several runs were gifted to the opposition.

Cameron Wright kept his nerve with a sharp throw to the keeper to run out Golswell. Humphreys and Fenn swung the game in favour of the visitors with an 87 run partnership. With two overs remaining, 17 runs were required but a tidy over from Basharat, conceding only four runs while picking up the wicket of Fenn, caught in the covers by Scott Taylor, left 13 to get from the last over to be bowled by Junaid.

A dot ball was followed by a head high full toss which the batsmen ran through for a single. Junaid then bowled another dot ball and followed this with a leg-stump Yorker to dismiss Humphreys, leaving ICL requiring three boundaries to win the match with the last pair in the middle. Only three were scored off the remaining two deliveries to leave the visitors short as the match ended in a draw.


S Hussain, b Humphreys


Y Gul, c & b Fenn


St Taylor, b Humphreys


C Wright, c & b Wyatt


Sc Taylor, not out


M Walton, c & b Patel


A Junaid, b Wyatt


D Walton, not out




TOTAL (6 wkts)


Best bowling: S Humphreys 2-40, J Wyatt 2-47.


J Garrett, c Sc Taylor, b Basharat


A McGowan, b Junaid


J Banergee, lbw, b Junaid


R Haines, c & b Barradell-Pither


S Mott, b D Walton


A Golswell, run out


A Patel, c St Taylor, b Barradell-Pither


N Fenn, c Sc Taylor, b Basharat


S Humphreys, b Junaid


J Wyatt, not out


M Stewart, not out




TOTAL (9 wkts)


Best bowling: A Junaid 3-29, M Basharat 2-30, J Barradell-Pither 2-37.

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