Monday, 14 June 2021

Bryan hits winning runs as league leaders maintain unbeaten record

HARPSDEN maintained their unbeaten record to stay top of Division 2 as they defeated visitors TAPLOW

HARPSDEN maintained their unbeaten record to stay top of Division 2 as they defeated visitors TAPLOW last Saturday.

On a green wicket Harpsden skipper Christian Whittaker won the toss and put the visitors into bat first.

Toby Stevens and Tom Hancock opened the bowling for Harpsden hitting some good areas. Stevens picked up the two openers, one of which was a catch from Ben Hancock, full stretch low to his right.

With the score being 1-2, Taplow required some strong batting to ensure that the game would not slip away from them. Gerber and Mills provided that solidarity, putting on a 100-run partnership before Whittaker picked up the wicket of Mills.

Gerber continued to play his shots and accumulated runs quickly. Wright tied down the middle and lower order picking up 4-39 off nine overs. Hancock picked up Gerber for 88 and after their allocation of 52 overs, Taplow ended on 198-9.



HARPSDEN maintained their unbeaten record to stay top of Division 2 as they defeated visitors TAPLOW last Saturday.

On a green wicket Harpsden skipper Christian Whittaker won the toss and put the visitors into bat first.

Toby Stevens and Tom Hancock opened the bowling for Harpsden hitting some good areas. Stevens picked up the two openers, one of which was a catch from Ben Hancock, full stretch low to his right.

With the score being 1-2, Taplow required some strong batting to ensure that the game would not slip away from them. Gerber and Mills provided that solidarity, putting on a 100-run partnership before Whittaker picked up the wicket of Mills.

Gerber continued to play his shots and accumulated runs quickly. Wright tied down the middle and lower order picking up 4-39 off nine overs. Hancock picked up Gerber for 88 and after their allocation of 52 overs, Taplow ended on 198-9.



In reply Ben Wilson was dismissed for four off Mohammed. Whittaker came to the crease and immediately played a cover drive on his first ball. An attacking innings was brought to an end with Barton’s first of two unplayable deliveries.

Stevens and Bryan came to the crease and played the ball around the park, putting the pressure back on Taplow. Stevens then misstimed a full toss back to the bowler for 43.

Johnny Wright and Bryan, settled the nerves with some masterful stroke play, before Bryan finished off the game with a clip through mid-wicket winning by five wickets with eight balls remaining.





HOLYPORT held out for a draw at HURLEY’S Shepherds Lane ground in a match that saw the visitors 19 runs short of victory and Hurley just one wicket short of winning the match.

Hurley, having lost the toss, were asked to bat and Dave Simoes and George Lewis faced some difficult bowling with the ball seaming and flying through at good pace. These two added 32 before Maharoof castled Lewis in the 10th over.

Simoes was joined by skipper Naeem Akhtar in a lively partnership of 67 in 15 overs as both batsmen looked fluid. Simoes was finally cut down after several vociferous appeals, lbw by Wessels.

Hurley were reeling at 136-5 as Akhtar was also felled sweeping, lbw by Tim Hayes and then next ball Scott Taylor was run out seeking a risky single. Hurley recovered to add 80 from the last 10 overs as Imran Arshad stroked some fine boundaries, Vik Bhagwani hit three consecutive sixes and the bowling became wayward adding 26 wides. Hurley were bowled out for 240 in the 52nd over.

Holyport fancied the run chase on a good wicket and fast outfield led by Wessels. Phil Ridgeway made the breakthrough as Ali sliced high to cover where Akhtar ran in to pouch the catch. Wessels and Burnett added 36 before Kuldeep Northy had Burnett driving to extra cover where Scott Taylor took a low catch.

Next over the key wicket of Wessels fell to Akhtar to hand the initiative back to the home side. Visiting skipper Will Sennett led the fightback with a fine innings and when he fell bowled by Akhtar, Holyport were 187-7 needing 54 with nine overs remaining.

Mo Basharat removed Saldeen in the 44th over and Akhtar bowled Rafak next over, the last of his 15 overs. Hurley had 23 balls at the last pair but could not dislodge either Francis or Hayes as the match finished a draw.

HURLEY



D Simoes, lbw, b Wessels

35

G Lewis, b Maharoof

8

N Akhtar, lbw, b Hayes

51

V Sharma, c Burnett, b Wessels

2

Sc Taylor, run out

11

R Brown, st Francis, b Hayes

12

I Arshad, c Wessels, b Rafak

40

V Bhagwani, c Wessels, b Hayes

25

P Ridgeway, c Francis, b Maharoof

3

K Northy, c Wessels, b Hayes

2

M Basharat, not out

4

Extras

47





TOTAL

240

Best bowling: T Hayes 4-39, A Maharoof 2-37, D Wessels 2-43.



HOLYPORT



A Ali, c Akhtar, b Ridgeway

8

D Wessels, lbw, b Akhtar

53

C Burnett, c Taylor, b Northy

1

W Sennett, b Akhtar

66

S Miller, c Simoes, b Northy

4

A Maharoof, b Arshad

20

S Mathias, b Brown

5

N Francis, not out

16

M Saldeen, c Lewis, b Basharat

9

M Rafak, b Akhtar

1

T Hayes, not out

5

Extras

25





TOTAL (9 wkts)

222

Best bowling: N Akhtar 3-45.









HARPSDEN 2nds maintained their unbeaten start to league cricket as they triumphed at PINNER 2nds to remain top of Division 4.

Captain Sasha Burgess and fellow opener Justin Bradley were watchful in the early overs with the batsman never truly in as the pitch delivered its fare share of surprises.

A mixture of patience and pouncing on anything short ensured Harpsden got off to a good start with the two openers putting on 106 for the first wicket before Burgess was bowled for 53.

Burgess’ dismissal was soon followed by Bradley who was bowled for 39 which led to a collapse in the middle order with Harpsden wobbling at 127-5.

James Paice and Rod Birkett put on a useful partnership of 23 before Paice was caught in the gully, leaving Harpsden 150-6.

Birkett was keen to ensure Harpsden got up to the 200 mark to ensure maximum batting points and this was earned thanks to 29 from Tom Imlay to leave the visitors on 204-7 declared after 45 overs, leaving Harpsden 45 overs to bowl out Pinner.

With seven bowlers in the side, Harpsden knew that patience was the key to unlocking the Pinner innings.

Pinner started steadily with Fells and Pandian ticking along nicely before Birkett struck in his fourth over leaving the hosts on 18-1. Fellow opening bowler Paice bowled well without any reward before Bevan and Imlay wreaked havoc with the Pinner middle order.

Bevan removed Pandian and then Khan first ball with a fine catch in the gully by Imlay, followed by a run out from Imlay off the bowling of Bevan, leaving Pinner 29-4. With confidence gained from his cameo with the bat and his fine fielding Imlay bowled a good spell of 1-6 from five overs and left the remaining wickets to be taken by James Brooks and Matt Stanley, his first league wickets.

Jon Harris took the last wicket with Pinner bowled out for 57, giving Harpsden a 148-run victory.

HARPSDEN 2nds



S Burgess, b Page

53

J Bradley, b Page

39

T Mitchell, c —, b Pilsbury

13

W Bevan, c —, b D Page

7

J Paice, c —, b M Noel

20

I Brown, c —, b Pisbury

0

J Brooks, b Pisbury

10

R Birkett, not out

34

T Imlay, not out

10

Extras

18





TOTAL (7 wkts)

204





PINNER 2nds



R Fells, b Birkett

9

R Pandian, c —, b W Bevan

9

S Merchant, c —, b J Brooks

9

S Khan, c —, b Bevan

0

A Dabasia, run out

0

D Downer, b Imlay

4

N Lawrence, c —, b Stanley

4

S Pilsbury, c —, b Stanley

0

N Agarwal, lbw, b Brooks

2

M Noel, not out

0

P Page, c —, b Harris

1

Extras

19





TOTAL

57



HURLEY 2nds were made to rue some sloppy fielding as they suffered their first defeat of the season at LITTLE MARLOW 2nds.

For the first time this season Hurley lost the toss and were asked to bat first on a green tinged track. Openers Clive Williams and Abdullah Ali posted 74 for the first wicket but failed to take advantage of some loose bowling.

Mohammed Ramzan bowled a tight spell of nine overs for 11 runs while Neil Lancum and Nicky Marie sent down a lot of full tosses and short deliveries that should have been put away. Louis Redfern made the breakthrough, having Ali caught at extra-cover by Ramzan. Two wickets in an over from Nawaz saw Hurley slump to 110-3 after 31 overs.

Joe Graham played well before Nawaz clipped his off stump in the 39th over. Skipper Mike Walton and Greg Double added 64 runs from the last seven overs to leave Hurley on 207-5 at end of their overs.

The Little Marlow reply got off to a stuttering start, losing Farhan Mahmood to the first delivery of the second over, a short wide delivery from Henry Graham was prodded to gully where Nigel Haines dived to take the catch.

This proved to be only a temporary setback for the hosts as Tinsley and Thistlethwaite added 130 for the second wicket. Some lacklustre fielding from Hurley saw five chances go begging, with Tinsley being the main beneficiary.

By the time Dave Walton trapped Thistlethwaite lbw, Little Marlow were in a strong position, needing 70 for victory with 15 overs remaining. Amir Ali, Dave Pollitt and Nigel Haines all picked up a wicket to give Hurley renewed hope of pulling off an unlikely win, but it was too little, too late as Little Marlow eased to victory with three overs to spare.

HURLEY 2nds



C Williams, c Ramzan, b Nawaz

47

Abdullah Ali, c Ramzan, b L Redfern

20

Y Gul, c Lancum, b Nawaz

15

A Ali, c Ramzan, b Nawaz

4

M Walton, not out

33

J Graham, b Nawaz

20

G Double, not out

36

Extras

32





TOTAL (5 wtks)

207

Best bowling: M Nawaz 4-30.



LITTLE MARLOW 2nds



R Tinsley, run out

56

F Mahmood, c Haines, b H Graham

0

G Thistlethwaite, lbw, b D Walton

86

W Redfern, lbw, b Amir Ali

12

P Kruger, c Williams, b Pollitt

0

N Marie, not out

16

N Lancum, c H Graham, b Haines

10

M Nawaz, not out

1

Extras

27





TOTAL (6 wtks)

208









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