CRAZIES HILL fell to defeat on Sunday thanks to an unbeaten half century from LOWER EARLEY
CRAZIES HILL fell to defeat on Sunday thanks to an unbeaten half century from LOWER EARLEY opener, Maynard.
On a drying wicket Crazies Hill elected to bat and began slowly, thanks to accurate and hostile bowling from Prakash and Bhoghal. However, a misunderstanding between Simpson and Montgomery led to the latter being run out, and when Bhoghal bowled Anthony for a duck, Crazies Hill were in trouble at 16-2.
Simpson and Scholfield led an initial recovery, until â€“ having added 30 â€“ Simpson edged Chapman to keeper Khan off Chapman. Crazies’ skipper, Margrie, joined Scholfield and continued the recovery, with both batting fluently. Having added 59, Margrie edged to Khan, who took his second catch to remove him.
When Maynard bowled Miller and Scholfield holed out off the returning Prakash, Crazies chances of posting a target of near 200 vanished; and, despite some lusty blows by Mike Simpson, they crept past 150 to leave Lower Earley needing 154 for victory.
Earley began in circumspect fashion with both openers struggling to score off Anthony and Searle. When Neal looked to attack, his lofted drive went straight to Simpson, and with Riley bowled for 1, Searle’s two quick wickets left Earley 13-2.
With Maynard anchoring their innings, Earley began to fight back. Adding 21 with Prakash, who was bowled by Scholfield, and 38 with Rushworth â€“ who skied a drive off Margrie back to the bowler â€“ to take Earley to 74-4. Chapman then joined him and their partnership took the game away from Crazies Hill before Hanton broke it by having Chapman caught at long-off.
With Maynard now batting fluently as he passed 50 and Bhoghal hitting out confidently against a wilting attack, Earley cruised to their target with three overs to spare.