HARPSDEN’S home Division 2 clash with local rivals HURLEY eventually fell foul of the weather last
HARPSDEN’S home Division 2 clash with local rivals HURLEY eventually fell foul of the weather last Saturday.
On winning the toss home skipper Christian Whittaker had little hesitation inserting Hurley. The impressive pace of the attack saw the ball fly quickly off the bat and Naeem Akhtar plundered 6 from the opening Hancock over.
Dave Simoes steered his second ball through gully for a boundary but the pace of Stevens uprooted his stumps three balls later.
Pav Hunjan slapped Hancock behind square but relishing the pace of the ball on bat then edged to slip. This was to be the theme of the Hurley batting as runs flowed freely but this only seemed to encourage rash batting.
Akhtar chased a wide delivery and Hurley were 25-3 inside six overs. Scott Taylor and Ross Brown batted well, taking control with a fourth wicket stand of 33 in eight overs before Taylor pushed back to the left arm of Birkett, the pick of the bowling with his miserly six overs.
Arshad and Sharma were casual with their wicket and the bright innings of Brown ended when he was bowled by the spin of Whittaker with Hurley teetering on 103-6. The tail had little to add with umpire Mansell standing in at number 11 as Hurley’s profligate innings ended in the 35th over on 120. Fourteen overs were scheduled before tea but only three were possible before the drizzle started and the bowlers could not grip the ball. Tea was called at 3.35pm but as the rain persisted the match was abandoned at 6pm.
N Akhtar, c Ward, b Stevens
D Simoes, b Stevens
P Hunjan, c Bryan, b Hancock
Sc Taylor, c & b Birkett
R Brown, b Whittaker
I Arshad, b Wright
V Sharma, b Wright
P Ridgeway, c Hancock, b Paice
K Northy, c Bryan, b Whittaker
M Basharat, c —, b Stevens
H Mansell, not out
S Imlay, not out
A Bryan, not out
TOTAL (0 wkts)
The Division 4 derby between HURLEY 2nds and LITTLEWICK GREEN 2nds at Shepherds Lane fell victim to the weather with the game well poised.
Mike Cole won his third consecutive toss and invited the visitors to bat first. The opening pair of John Lucey and David Herron made a steady start.
The score ticked along at around four an over and it was Joe Graham opening the bowling in the absence of Dave Pollitt who got the breakthrough, knocking out Lucey’s off stump as he attempted to pull a straight delivery.
Cole could have had a wicket when extra bounce found the edge of Herron’s bat but also deceived the keeper who failed to hang on to the chance.
Despite his frustration, Cole showed exemplary sportsmanship, calling back Marcus Hickman who had been given out caught behind down the leg-side when the ball appeared to come off his pads.
Hickman’s reprieve didn’t last long thanks to a delivery from Henry Graham which seamed away to take the off stump.
Hurley’s veteran spin twins, Nigel Haines and Dave Walton pegged back the run rate as the drizzle started to fall.
With the rain turning heavier the players took an early tea in the hope that conditions would improve. As the rain continued to fall the match was abandoned.