Friday, 25 June 2021

Whittaker shines as Harpsden remain top

HARPSDEN maintained their unbeaten start to Division 2 as they triumphed on their first ever visit

HARPSDEN maintained their unbeaten start to Division 2 as they triumphed on their first ever visit to BINFIELD on Saturday.

After losing the toss and being put into bat the visitors made an electric start with Cary plundering two sixes off the second over of the innings. Harpsden kept the scoreboard ticking over before Imlay was trapped in front for 13, Bryan followed soon after to leave Harpsden stuttering on 35-2.

This brought Whittaker to the crease to join Cary and what followed was a memorable partnership, as both batsmen pounced on any loose bowling as the ball flew to all corners of the ground.

When Cary fell for a chanceless 74, Harpsden were well on top and on course for a big score. Whittaker completed his century, hitting four sixes in a row, twice clearing the pavilion, before falling attempting a fifth as he was caught for 124.

Harpsden set about rubbing salt into the Binfield wounds as Stevens, ably supported by Wright and Hancock, ran the fielders ragged before Harpsden declared on 267-5 from 45 overs.



HARPSDEN maintained their unbeaten start to Division 2 as they triumphed on their first ever visit to BINFIELD on Saturday.

After losing the toss and being put into bat the visitors made an electric start with Cary plundering two sixes off the second over of the innings. Harpsden kept the scoreboard ticking over before Imlay was trapped in front for 13, Bryan followed soon after to leave Harpsden stuttering on 35-2.

This brought Whittaker to the crease to join Cary and what followed was a memorable partnership, as both batsmen pounced on any loose bowling as the ball flew to all corners of the ground.

When Cary fell for a chanceless 74, Harpsden were well on top and on course for a big score. Whittaker completed his century, hitting four sixes in a row, twice clearing the pavilion, before falling attempting a fifth as he was caught for 124.

Harpsden set about rubbing salt into the Binfield wounds as Stevens, ably supported by Wright and Hancock, ran the fielders ragged before Harpsden declared on 267-5 from 45 overs.



This left Harpsden 55 overs to pick up 10 wickets for victory. Hancock and Wright made a strong start with the ball with Hancock picking up the first wicket with Simmonds edging behind for 0.

This started the onslaught as Harpsden never let any Binfield batsman settle as Birkett and Stevens bowled with good pace and control to leave Binfield reeling.

By the time Paice and Whittaker were introduced to the attack, Harpsden could sense victory, and aided by some good catching, including a running catch by Imlay, Harpsden wrapped up victory as Binfield were bowled out for 100 in 33.4 overs.

HARPSDEN



S Imlay, lbw, b Jones

13

H Cary, b Boad

74

A Bryan, lbw, b Lee

1

C Whittaker, c Wright, b Lee

124

W Stevens, not out

26

J Wright, c Simmonds, b Lee

10

B Hancock, not out

6

Extras

13





TOTAL (5 wkts)

267



BINFIELD



J Simmonds, c Bryan, b Hancock

0

R Higginson, b Hancock

17

J Sculley, c Cary, b Wright

3

J Sackley, c & b Whittaker

6

H Lee, b Birkett

25

J Wright, c Bryan, b Stevens

10

M York, c Whittaker, b Birkett

1

N Jones, c Imlay, b Paice

4

T Baod, b Hancock

14

C Jones, c Stevens, b Paice

1

I Goddard, not out

14

Extras

7





TOTAL

100





HURLEY&rsquoS second league win of the season was lit up by a 90-run innings from George Lewis who mixed some powerful batting with driving as the home side bullied 155 in 22 overs against TAPLOW 2nds.

A second wicket stand of 141 with skipper Naeem Akhtar after Andy Mills had lulled Imran Arshad into a loose slash to point put Hurley firmly in the driving seat.

Lewis fell to a tired drive to long on but Hurley&rsquos push continued as Varan Sharma joined Akhtar to add 83 in 16 overs. From 238-2 Hurley tailed off to 277-7 declared from 48 overs.

Taplow started brightly on the green wicket and the early breakthrough came as Phil Ridgeway had Harrison-Smith driving to mid-on where Jordan Barrad-Pitt took a good catch moving to his right.

Ben Dalglish and Sam Jordan added 55 for the second wicket before Jordan lofted Arshad to mid-off. Hurley took control as the visitors slipped to 116-5 just after drinks.

Lewis swapped his gloves with Greg Double who pouched the edge from the dangerous Andy Mills. Suliman Merchant, Quereshi and Mo Gulivur turned the match around and looked to save the visitors if not challenge the home score. Steve Taylor took a one handed catch at slip to remove Quereshi but with 10 overs left, the visitors still had four wickets remaining.

Gulivur&rsquos 15 ball onslaught ended with a sharp catch at mid-on by Lewis. Scott Taylor generated good pace to remove Merchant and Akhtar returned to force Barny Stay to play-on. Captain Akhtar trapped Khan lbw in the penultimate over to seal victory.



HURLEY



I Arshad, c Quereshi, b Mills

1

G Lewis, c Dalglish, b C Stay

90

N Akhtar, b Gulivur

86

V Sharmar, st McLindon, b Khan

57

Sc Taylor, c & b Khan

2

P Ridgeway, c Quereshi, b Khan

13

St Taylor, not out

15

G Double, b Gulivur

2

K Northy, not out

1

Extras

10





TOTAL (7 wkts)

277





TAPLOW 2nds



B Dalglish, c Lewis, b Arshad

42

N H-Smith, c B-Pitt, b Ridgeway

5

S Jordan, c Northy, b Arshad

15

A Mills, c Double, b Basharat

30

C Stay, lbw, b Basharat

8

S Merchant, c Northy, b Taylor

41

F Quereshi, c St Taylor, b Ridgeway

16

M Gulivur, c Lewis, b Taylor

25

B Stay, b Akhtar

8

C McLindon, not out

0

F Khan, lbw, b Akhtar

6

Extras

21





TOTAL

217



The last two unbeaten sides in Division 4 met at Harpsden on Saturday. With HARPSDEN 2nds&rsquo batsmen, Nick Wright being a late injury withdrawal hopes rested heavily on the broad shoulders of skipper Sasha Burgess who took a blow to the face in the warm-up meaning that when he lost the toss and HURLEY 2nds put the hosts into bat he was unable to take the field until later in the innings.

Harpsden&rsquos regular opener Justin Bradley opened with Jonnie Howorth who hit his first ball for six. A swift 28 from Howorth was not supported by the rest of the top order and Harpsden at 89-6 in the 13th over looked in a precarious position.

Burgess was then joined by James Brooks and with some judicious batting the pair put on 71 for the seventh wicket before Burgess fell to Dave Walton.

With Brooks following almost immediately, Harpsden looked to be well short of the necessary runs at 160-8. A few lusty blows from Rod Birkett got Harpsden up to 192 all out before he ran out of partners. Given that this was achieved in only 36 overs, Hurley would have 54 overs to get the runs.

For the visitors Henry Graham bowled a strong opening spell while Jo Graham bowled an economical six overs for 20 runs but it was Wadsworth (4-44 in six overs) and Dave Walton (3-30 in six overs) who picked up the majority of the wickets.

Hurley started watchfully and although they lost the early wicket of Clive Williams, it wasn&rsquot until the 24th over, with the score on 50, that they lost the next one.

Harpsden made a bit more progress in the second half of the innings but the obdurate defence of the Hurley batsmen continued. A careful 32 for Abdullah Ali and a measured 16 not out from Mike Walton were the critical innings that ensured that Hurley maintained their unbeaten start to 2016.

Harpsden bowled nine bowlers, all of whom bowled economically, so much so that Hurley finished on 110-6 at just over two an over.

HARPSDEN 2nds



J Bradley, b Wadsworth

17

J Howorth, c Williams, b Wadsworth

28

A Bradley, c & b Wadsworth

0

W Bevan, c M Walton, b Graham

12

J Stanley, b Wadsworth

4

T Imlay, lbw, b Griffiths

4

S Burgess, b D Walton

55

J Brooks, c Fernando, b Haines

26

T Ham, b D Walton

0

R Birkett, not out

32

M Stanley, st M Walton, b D Walton

0

Extras

14





TOTAL

192



HURLEY 2nds



C Williams, b Birkett

2

A Ali, lbw, b Howorth

32

N Fernando, lbw, b Bevan

9

J Graham, b Ham

14

M Walton, not out

16

D Smith, lbw, b Imlay

9

H Graham, c Brooks, b Birkett

0

N Haines, not out

6

Extras

18





TOTAL (6 wkts)

106



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