Thursday, 17 June 2021

Findlay and Connolly frustrate visitors

HOSTS STONOR held out for a draw against a strong PURLEY side on Sunday.

HOSTS STONOR held out for a draw against a strong PURLEY side on Sunday.

The visitors chose to bat first and showed their intent early doors with clean hitting and aggressive running between the wickets. Opener Peter Rackley’s luck ran out when he chanced a quick single to Stonor’s Richard Hunt at cover, who swooped to run out partner Wheeler for 19.

This brought James Denton to the crease and the batsman pulverised the Stonor attack to top-score with 58. Rowan Austin was the pick of the bowlers, first dismissing Rackley, then enticing two more into wild swings, misjudging his intelligent variations in flight and pace at the cost of their wickets.

When Denton looped a simple return catch for Austin to finish with 4-36 off 11 overs, Purley were rocking at 156-6. However, a spirited rearguard action from Poulter (25) and Clarke (17 not out) made the most of tired fielding to add 50 quick runs before tea.

Set a mammoth 207 to win, Stonor never fully emerged from their shell. Opening the batting, keeper Noel Williams smashed a straight six before he was caught at point next ball. From that point, spectators witnessed Stonor park the bus, although Purley’s enthusiastic fielding led to regular breakthroughs, setting up a dramatic finish. With eight overs remaining, Purley introduced the pace of Robbie Jeffrey, and it was left to the resilient Dave Connolly and debutant Jamie Findlay to see Stonor safely to 71-6 at close of play.

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