Thursday, 24 June 2021

Shepherds Lane loss

HURLEY 15s went down to a 61-run defeat against MAIDENHEAD AND BRAY U15s at Shepherds Lane.

HURLEY 15s went down to a 61-run defeat against MAIDENHEAD AND BRAY U15s at Shepherds Lane.

Having opted to bat, the visitors made a cautious start, with Hill making the early breakthrough, caught Dawkins, to restrict the total to 20 off the first five overs.

Allen (50) and Greatwood (54) both managed the conditions well, despite having the odd lifeline. Callum Kuncher snaffled an outstanding catch at deep mid-wicket off Patrick while the impressive Bagri was rewarded for a consistent line with a wicket and safe catch from Howell. Additional wickets were spread around between Patrick and Norris, despite the visitors racing to 151.

In reply Graham (1) was left trailing in his quest for a sharp single to put Hurley in early trouble. Skelton (8) looked solid during his brief stay, whilst Dawkins (27) provided the foundation with a grafted knock. A good partnership in tandem with Bussell (13) placed Hurley in a competitive position at the mid-way point.

However, the turn to spin put Hurley into confusion as a succession of batters struggled to adapt to the turgid pitch. Hill (11) made a brief cameo, and despite being unable to accelerate, the Lions still fought to the end.



Patrick gained some much needed time in the middle and Calliss (7 not out) had the final say of the match by dispatching the final ball of the innings for four, despite Hurley falling short of their target on 90-8.



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