Monday, 14 June 2021

Two from two as Harpsden ease to victory

HARPSDEN made it two wins from two as they defeated visitors CHALFONT ST GILES in their

HARPSDEN made it two wins from two as they defeated visitors CHALFONT ST GILES in their Division 2 clash on Saturday.

Captain Christian Whittaker won the toss and put nine-man Chalfont into bat. Opener Patel was dismissed in the opening over to Tom Hancock padding up to a straight one.

Next in Turner didn’t stay for long being after being bowled by Toby Stevens for a duck. Lancaster stuck around for most of the Chalfont innings but none of his team members were able to do the same. Hancock picked up another wicket before the first change bowlers, Johnny Wright and James Paice bowled well, allowing them to clean up the remaining Chalfont batting as the visitors were all out for just 41.

In reply Sam Imlay and Wright hit the required runs in just five overs to wrap up victory for the hosts.

CHALFONT ST GILES





R Patel, lbw, b Hancock

0

S Lancaster, c W Stevens, b Paice

20

F Turner, b Stevens

0

A Powell, b Hancock

5

S Payne, c Imlay, b Wright

6

A Gordan, b Wright

0

P Piestro, lbw, b Wright

0

S Kapadra, c Watson, b Paice



C Ayres, not out

1

Extras

9





TOTAL

41

Best bowling: J Wright 3-7, T Hancock 2-13, J Paice 2-13.

HARPSDEN



S Imlay, not out

17

J Wright, not out

27

Extras

0





TOTAL (0 wkts)

44



Elsewhere in the division HURLEY slipped to defeat for the second week running as they went down by seven wickets at home to AMERSHAM HILL.

Despite Hurley only having one fixture, skipper Naeem Akhtar was still left struggling to field a full side as he included colts Joe and Henry Graham into the side.

Akhtar and Dave Simoes opened with circumspect but lost Simoes with the score on 15 just as he had clipped Netarajan for a four off his legs. Imran Arshad impressed with some powerful driving as 47 was added for the second wicket.

Varun Sharma continued in similar vein while Akhtar crashed two sixes. The third wicket added 50 in nine overs as Hurley looked to push on but three wickets and the retirement of Brown with a reoccur of a knee injury pegged back the home side as the spin of MacKenzie showed that pace off the ball was the way forward. Phil Ridgeway, playing with fluidity driving with authority hit a 47 run partnership with 16-year-old Joe Graham. Ridgeway was bowled with Hurley on 187-6. Brown limped back into the fray to steer the home side past 200 as Hurley closed on 204-9.

In reply MacKenzie and Jim Oldfield eased to 68 in 14 overs before Oldfield played too early to Basharat and drove to cover where 14-year-old Henry Graham pouched the catch with confidence.

Ridgeway bowled Etheridge as Akhtar switched to spin. Ridgeway took the impressive slip catch next over as the match teetered in the balance with the visitors on 107-3. However, with the ball coming on nicely and the fast outfield, MacKenzie ticked on and Richardson-Hill hit out as they added 98 in 15 overs.

Basharat flapped at a late chance off the bowling of Henry Graham late on which would have squeezed and extra point for the home side, but Hurley slumped to a second successive defeat with eight points from two matches.

HURLEY



N Akhtar, c R-Hill, b Bugden

50

D Simoes, c Collins, b Natarajan

4

I Arshad, b Richardson-Hill

23

V Sharma, c Collins, b MacKenzie

26

R Brown, retired

22

P Ridgeway, b Richardson-Hill

34

E Hussain, c Etheridge, b MacKenzie

4

J Graham, c Wood, b Evans

16

H Graham, b Richardson-Hill

0

J Dawson, b Netarajan

1

M Basharat, not out

5

Extras

19





TOTAL (9 wkts)

204

Best bowling: J Richardson-Hill 3-50.

AMERSHAM HILL



G MacKenzie, not out

67

J Oldfield, c H Graham, b Basharat

46

C Etheridge, b Ridgeway

5

N Collerson, c Ridgeway, b Akhtar

12

J Richardson-Hill, not out

55

Extras

19





TOTAL (3 wkts)

205





Ed Birkett took five wickets as HARPSDEN 2nds triumphed in their Division 3 clash at GREAT KINGSHILL 2nds.

Harspden stand-in skipper Mark Cooper won the toss and elected to field. Birkett took two early wickets to leave Great Kingshill struggling at 18-2 in the seventh over although a good partnership between Sisma and Webb turned the match firmly in favour of the home team.

A rapid piece of work behind the stumps by Jon Stanley off Alfred Cary gave Harpsden encouragement although a couple of partnerships moved Great Kingshill up to 116-5 before a catch by Justin Bradley, running back at mid-off, disposed of free-scoring opener Cam Webb. Birkett and Will Bevan cleaned up the lower middle order and the tail with the former ending up with figures of 5-22 off his eight overs. On a pitch that was showing increasingly variable bounce, the top order struggled against some good tight bowling with wickets falling regularly and Harpsden only scoring just ahead of the required rate.

Mick Greenwood hit some lusty blows before he fell to a good catch at deep mid-off. At 57-4 Birkett came in to join Jon Stanley. After a vigilant start to the partnership, Birkett started to accelerate with some powerful drives through the off side.

With Stanley being bowled when the score was on 93, the game looked to be back in the balance but with Will Bevan coming in, Birkett found a supportive partner. Some lusty blows from both Bevan and Birkett helped 10-man Harpsden reach their target with nearly 18 overs to spare.

GREAT KINGSHILL 2nds



C Webb, c Bradley, b Cary

61

E Jacobson, b Birkett

9

R Thorburn, b Birkett

0

R Sisma, st Stanley, b Cary

22

M Free, c Bradley, b Cary

12

J Hinde, b Bevan

7

M Colebeck, b Bevan

6

D Thomson, b Birkett

6

D Lewis, b Birkett

0

J Talmer, b Birkett

1

I Talmer, not out

1

Extras

8





TOTAL

133

Best bowling: E Birkett 5-22, A Cary 3-36.



HARPSDEN 2nds



M Cooper, c Webb, b I Talmer

0

J Bradley, c Colebeck, b Free

17

M Greenwood, c Free, b I Talmer

26

A Cary, c Hinde, b Colebeck

1

J Stanley, b Lewis

16

E Birkett, not out

31

W Bevan, not out

18

Extras

27





TOTAL (5 wkts)

136





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