Monday, 02 August 2021

Brown breaks bat in pursuit of Reading Lawyers’ target

HURLEY almost pulled off an incredible run chase against READING LAWYERS at Shepherds Lane on Sunday.

HURLEY almost pulled off an incredible run chase against READING LAWYERS at Shepherds Lane on Sunday.

Having been inserted, the Lawyers suffered an early setback when an in-swinging Yorker from Ross Brown uprooted Matt Burrows’ leg stump. Brown and Shaan Hussain continued to bowl well, passing the outside edge on numerous occasions as Ed Nassau-Lake and Baker played and missed.

Hussain thought he had picked up the wicket of Nassau-Lake but the appeal for a catch behind off the bottom edge was not upheld by the umpire.

From an uncertain start the Lawyers gradually pulled things round with a partnership of 57 from 16 overs, broken when Baker  slapped Dave Walton’s first delivery to Scott Taylor in the covers.

Nassau-Lake was joined by De Wet and the pair started to dominate the bowling, smashing 108 off the next 12 overs as the Hurley attack struggled to find any consistency. Brown returned to pick up another two wickets, with ball magnet Taylor taking another couple of catches before the Lawyers declared on 227-5.



Hurley started their reply losing Stephen Wright lbw to Will Nassau-Lake in the second over. A useful partnership of 24 between Hussain and Yasir Gul took the score to 24 before Hussain was caught behind off Nassau-Lake.

Hurley started the last hour on 77-3, still needing an unlikely 151 for victory and the loss of Gul two overs later to a hamstring injury did nothing to help the cause. Taylor made an impressive 34 from 36 deliveries but after he fell to Burrows Hurley lost four wickets for eight runs as Dave Walton, James Calliss and Raff Bowler all failed to make an impact. Brown joined Cameron Wright in the middle with 120 needed from 10 overs and the visitors scenting victory. The batsmen had other ideas and went on the offensive with Brown flaying the bowling to all parts of the ground, breaking his bat in the process.

Wright added support with some good driving and although the required rate was up around 12 an over, the momentum had changed, with the attacking field suddenly spreading to try and protect the boundaries.

With three overs remaining Hurley still required 48 for victory. Twenty-eight runs came from the next two overs to keep Hurley in the hunt.

The final over started with an all-ran four for Brown, leaving 16 required from five balls. Only a single was managed off the next delivery, effectively ending Hurley’s chances leaving Wright to play out the last four deliveries for the draw.

READING LAWYERS



M Burrows, b Brown

7

E Nassau-Lake, c Taylor, b Brown

71

W Baker, c Taylor, b D Walton

15

C De Wet, c Taylor, b Hunjan

91

M Symonds, b Brown

4

B Henderson, not out

8

W Nassau-Lake, not out

5

Extras

26





TOTAL (5 wkts)

227

Best bowling: R Brown 3-19.



HURLEY



S Wright, lbw, b W N-Lake

2

S Hussain, c N Burrows, b W N-Lake

25

Y Gul, retired hurt

17

P Hunjan, b W-Lake

15

Sc Taylor, b M Burrows

34

C Wright, not out

32

D Walton, c Davidson, b M Burrows

0

J Calliss, b M Burrows

0

R Bowler, c N Burrows, b M Burrows

1

R Brown, not out

80

Extras

7





TOTAL (7 wkts)

213

Best bowling: M Burrows 4-58, W Nassau-Lake 3-57.





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