Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Akhtar is century hero as visitors triumph

OPENER Naeem Akhtar hit 107 runs as HURLEY triumphed by eight runs at HAMPTON HILL on

OPENER Naeem Akhtar hit 107 runs as HURLEY triumphed by eight runs at HAMPTON HILL on Saturday.

Nally Fernando won the toss and asked his former team to bat first on a slightly damp track.

Phil Ridgeway and Akhtar started cautiously, managing only nine runs from the first five overs. The sixth over, bowled by South African left armer Matt Palmer ripped the heart out of the Hurley upper order with three wickets in four deliveries. Ridgeway was the first to go, chipping up a catch to Cadogan. Mike Walton only lasted two deliveries as a booming in-swinger took his off stump and Scott Taylor fell first ball to another catch by Cadogan. Joe Graham survived the hat-trick ball and went on to make a valuable 22 runs in a fourth wicket partnership of 67 with Akhtar.

A tidy spell of 1-19 in six overs by Fernando culminated in the wicket of Graham. Abdullah Ali continued the rebuilding exercise along with Akhtar who looked to attack the bowling at any opportunity.

A return catch by Cadogan to dismiss Ali left Hurley on 150-5 with eight overs remaining. Akhtar brought up his century before falling for 107 in the penultimate over. Fifty-two runs in the final eight overs saw the visitors to 202-8 at the close.



Ahmed and Bhatti set about chasing down the five an over required as if they were playing a Twenty20 match with Ahmed in particular going for his shots at every opportunity.

The opening partnership had reached 63 in the 12th over when a misdirected Arshad slower ball was tickled down the leg side by Ahmed and Mike Walton dived to his left to claim the 699th victim of his Hurley career. The 700th came soon after with Dave Walton tempting Bhatti down the track, allowing his brother to whip off the bails and leave the batsman stranded.

Rob Fullicks left a delivery from Walton which jagged in to take the off stump and tt was the Hurley spinners who provided the key to unlock the Hampton Hill innings.

Walton and Ridgeway reduced the hosts from 104-1 to 117-5 in the space of five overs while only conceding 58 runs between them in their combined 16 overs. With the required rate rising steadily the batsmen had to take risks which led to the run out of Adam Fahey who was left well short by the throw of Henry Graham.

Ian Exworth and Jamie Cadogan did their best to try and force the pace but Nigel Haines and Akhtar did enough to leave the hosts requiring an unlikely 20 to win from the final over.

HURLEY

N Akhtar, c Oliver, b R Fullicks

107

P Ridgeway, c Cadogan, b Palmer

1

M Walton, b Palmer

0

Sc Taylor, c Cadogan, b Palmer

0

J Graham, b Fernando

22

A Ali, c & b Cadogan

29

A Junaid, c Fahey, b Palmer

16

H Graham, b R Fullicks

3

I Arshad, not out

8

N Haines, not out

2

Extras

14



TOTAL (8 wkts)

202

Best bowling: M Palmer 4-39, R Fullicks 2-23.

HAMPTON HILL

S Ahmed, c M Walton, b Arshad

30

A Bhatti, st M Walton, b D Walton

48

M Bhardwaj, c Junaid, b D Walton

27

A Oliver, c Akhtar, b Ridgeway

1

I Exworth, not out

52

J Cadogan, b Haines

20

A Fahey, run out

1

M Palmer, not out

2

Extras

13



TOTAL (7 wkts)

194

HURLEY went down to a seven wicket defeat away at WELFORD PARK on Sunday.

Mike Walton opted to bat first on winning the toss due to several player arriving late and the damp track didn’t make for an easy life as far as the opening pair of Naeem Akhtar and Phil Ridgeway were concerned.

Ridgeway misjudged a delivery from Deshpande in the second over, leaving the ball only to see it graze the off stump. Akhtar who started the day requiring 48 runs for 1,000 in the season, decided attack was the best form of defence and together with Mike Cole added 98 for the second wicket.

Akhtar duly reached his target of 48 and went on to 54 before being trapped in front by Will Herrington. The loss of Akhtar precipitated the beginning of the end for the Hurley innings with the incoming batsmen finding it hard to make headway.

With Yasir Gul, Dave Walton and Henry Graham all failing to get off the mark there was only one further partnership in double figures as Josh Cole and Mike Walton added 26 for the fifth wicket, thanks mainly to extras.

Only 42 runs were scored from the last 14 overs as Hurley struggled to 147-8 from their 40 overs.

In reply Alan Davis and Will Herrington started cautiously against some accurate bowling from Joe Graham and Asif Junaid. Graham only conceded three runs from his first three overs but once Herrington got into his stride there was no stopping him. A flurry of straight sixes took him past 50 and the total into treble figures.

Jordan Barradell-Pither replaced Junaid and struck in his first over with a yorker to end Herrington’s carnage. By this time the game was more or less over as a contest with only 46 more needed from 23 overs.

A couple of wickets for Ridgeway, trapping Deshpande lbw and bowling Verna helped ease the pain for the visitors but Davis and Uday saw their side home with a dozen overs to spare.

HURLEY

N Akhtar, lbw, b W Herrington

54

P Ridgeway, b Desphande

0

M Cole, b I Herrington

52

Y Gul, lbw, b W Herrington

0

M Walton, st Jurgens, b Carter

9

J Cole, c Cole, b Uday

6

A Junaid, not out

2

H Graham, c Carter, b Uday

0

D Walton, st Jurgens, b Carter

0

J Graham, not out

4

Extras

20



TOTAL (8 wkts)

147

Best bowling: W Herrington 2-3, Uday 2-5, H Carter 2-15.

WELFORD PARK

A Davis, not out

43

W Herrington, b Barradell-Pither

61

U Desphande, lbw, b Ridgeway

22

G Verna, b Ridgeway

2

Uday, not out

0

Extras

20



TOTAL (3 wkts)

148

Best bowling: P Ridgeway 2-13.



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