HURLEY 2nds lost out in a friendly match against PINNER 2nds after both sides’ scheduled Chilterns
HURLEY 2nds lost out in a friendly match against PINNER 2nds after both sides’ scheduled Chilterns League matches were conceded by their respective opposition.
Hosts Hurley won the toss and opted to bat first with regular openers Abdullah Ali and Clive Williams posting a solid opening partnership of 75 in 16 overs.
Williams was the first to fall, missing a straight delivery from Downer. Josh Cole looked to be in good touch until a sharp catch low down at gully by Lawrence gave Downer his second wicket.
Hurley fell away in the middle overs as wickets fell and Nigel Haines kept a tight rein on the runs. Amir Ali and Joe Graham both made double figures before falling to lofted shots leaving Dave Walton and Ali to try and push the score along.
Ali fell to a catch in the deep by Noel in the 34th over at 157-5. Mike Walton joined his brother to add another 10 runs before Dave retired with a shoulder injury.
Mike Cole and Walton added 22 in 22 deliveries before the former advanced down the wicket and was stumped by Carter off Bonneywell in the last over, bringing 11-year-old Liam Cole to the wicket for the first time in a Hurley shirt.
Liam Cole stroked his only delivery confidently to mid-on for a single, leaving Walton to whip the final delivery of the innings to the mid wicket boundary to finish on 19 from 15 deliveries, giving Hurley a total of 194.
The Graham brothers opened the bowling for Hurley, bowling some good swinging and seeming deliveries to beat the bat on occasion, but too many short deliveries allowed Maher and Fells to get the innings off to a flying start.
Maher raced to his 50 at a run a ball while Fells played more circumspectly. A bowling change led to the breakthrough with Mike Cole replacing Henry Graham and trapping Fells lbw with his second ball.
Joe Graham removed Tino Mahendran’s leg stump to bring Hurley back into the game at 73-2. Maher continued to attack the bowling with only Amir Ali whose seven overs only conceded 26 runs exerting any control. Sid Merchant and Maher saw Pinner to an easy victory with nine overs to spare.