HURLEY’S Sunday side maintained their unbeaten record for the season with a 78 run victory
HURLEY’S Sunday side maintained their unbeaten record for the season with a 78 run victory against visitors HOLYPORT.
On winning the toss on the hottest day of the year so far, Mike Walton made the decision to bat first.
With 13 runs coming from Ali’s first over the Hurley innings got off to a good start. George Lewis and Walton continued to plunder the opening attack, taking 70 from the first 14 overs.
The replacement of Ali and Iqbal with Collins and Heyes made life a little more difficult for the batsmen but they still managed to keep the run rate up to around five an over with Lewis playing the more aggressive role and Walton turning over the strike.
Having reached 141 without loss in the 26th over both openers fell within the space of four deliveries. Walton was the first to go, beaten in the flight as he advanced to Cox, giving wicket-keeper Gadeke an easy stumping. Lewis followed soon after, bowled by Tim Heyes.
The loss of the openers caused a brief hiatus in the run rate but Yasir Gul, Scott Taylor and Joe Graham ensured that their side posted a decent total. A couple of lusty blows from Graham in the last over before tea saw Hurley declare on 226-3.
The Holyport reply got off to a stuttering start as Mo Basharat and Kuldeep Nothey kept a tight rein on proceedings.
A double wicket maiden from Basharat, trapping Price plumb in front and removing Davies’ leg stump reduced the visitors to 9-2 after six overs.
A poor call from Kevin Hendy left John Ticehurst well short as Graham’s throw was taken by the keeper.
From 17-3, Hendy and Craig Collins staged a recovery with a partnership of 24 for the fourth wicket. Wickets for Nothey and James Calliss left Holyport requiring 127 for victory with five wickets remaining at the start of the last hour.
Hendy continued to attack the bowling and had a life when dropped in the deep by Joe Graham. Henry Graham then got the vital breakthrough, bowling Hendy for 57.
With two more wickets required, Nothey returned to mop up the tail, floating a wide delivery to Chris Cox who edged to the keeper and then having Javed Iqbal caught at cover by Scott Taylor.
M Walton, st Gadeke, b Cox
G Lewis, b Heyes
Y Gul, not out
Sc Taylor, c Ticehurst, b Cox
J Graham, not out
TOTAL (3 wkts)
Best bowling: C Cox 2-35.
P Price, lbw, b Basharat
K Hendy, b H Graham
P Davies, b Basharat
J Ticehurst, run out
C Collins, c J Graham, b Nothey
M Ticehurst, c Gul, b Calliss
A Ali, c Nothey, b H Graham
A Gadeke, b Barradell-Pither
J Iqbal, c Taylor, b Nothey
C Cox, c Walton, b Nothey
T Heyes, not out
Best bowling: K Nothey 3-21, H Graham 2-9, M Basharat 2-21.