03:47PM, Monday 17 June 2019
Under a thick duvet of cloud Hurley slumped to their fifth league defeat, losing by 95 runs to Pinkneys Green in Chilterns League Division 1.
There was plenty of early optimism for the home side, when Gurdev Singh clipped the stumps to remove Uday Tiko (1) in the third over, but that quickly evaporated as Tim Snapes (72) and Steve Curlews (84) added 111 in 21 overs for the visitors.
A half-hours was lost to a rain delay but Hurley began making up for it when the sides returned, with Snapes driving hard to Phil Ridgeway who clung on inches from his nose. Curlews – who smashed a few balls for sixes – held the visitors’ innings together before falling with the score on 213 and they were eventually bowled out for 225 inside 46 overs.
Mandeep Singh (2-44), Ridgeway (2-42) and Langlands (2-26) finished with the best figures for the hosts after a plucky fielding display.
Hurley’s reply was rocked by the loss of Aekam Singh in the second over. The superb Kelvin Baillie (84) showed the resistance needed to take something from the match, but, unfortunately, a procession of batsmen trumped back to the pavilion, unable to counter the swing of Stokes (4-21), the pace of McDonagh (3-43) and the spin of Curlews (3-26). Joban was the only other batsmen to reach double figures (22) and he and Baillie upped the batting to snatch two batting points with a ninth wicket stand of 23. They were all bowled out for 130 in the 33rd over.
Hurley’s 2nd team claimed a draw from their long trip to Pinner 2nds in Chilterns League Division 2 on Saturday.
The hosts declared having mustered 246-5 from 43.4 overs – with Askshay Dhanda top scoring with 62. Steve Taylor finished with figures of 2-30.
A rain delay meant a result was unlikely, as Hurley had only 30 overs to bat, and a welcome partnership between Zamman (65) and Mo Basharat (19no) saw them finish in an untroubled position of 117-4.
Hurley’s Sunday team beat Hambleden by 14 runs after an impressive bowling display.
Having set their hosts 118-9 from 40 overs, Hurley managed to skittle them for 104 in the 38th over. Mo Basharat was the best of their bowlers with 3-11.
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