09:00PM, Friday 04 June 2021
Hurley’s season resumed after a four-week hiatus, and there was palpable relief at the arrival of sunnier weather, as well as the visitor’s huge 171-run victory over The Lee, writes Mike Walton.
With players arriving at the Chilterns ground in dribs and drabs, Yasir Gul opted to bat through necessity rather than shrewd tactical insight and, following the early dismissal of Faisal Mahmood, who was bowled for one in the third over with the score on eight, Hurley found some form.
Kelvin Baillie (25) and Ibraz Hussain (31) compiled a second wicket stand of 45, with the latter hitting four sixes on the leg side at both ends. Hussain rode his luck a little before eventually top edging to the keeper Mike Harris off Ganesh Balan (3-40). Ian Dawkins (54) added 66 in 11 overs for the sixth wicket with Aman Singh (34) and there were also useful cameos from newcomers Jagdeep Singh (22), Ankush Sharma (11) and Fayyaz Kayani (12). Guy Morgan finished with 5-39 and cleared up the Hurley tail in the 42nd over to leave the visitors with a decent but potentially chaseable 212.
However, starting their run-chase at 4.30pm The Lee weren’t able to get anywhere near Hurley’s score. Kayani started the bowling at the far end and took the wickets of Harris (0) and captain Jamie Line (0) in successive deliveries to leave them floundering.
David Tossell and Young steadied the ship for five overs, adding twenty-five, until Tossell was bowled by Aman Singh. From there The Lee disappeared faster than Donald Trump’s Twitter account, and – in HS2 country – their batsmen were transported at high speed back to the pavilion.
Hutt was bowled by Kayani in his sixth and final over.
Top scorer Young was caught on the leg side by Jagdeep off Aman. Sharma replaced Aman at the near end and continued the rout with two caught-and-bowleds, a sharp Kayani catch and an lbw. With the hosts now 39-9 after 20 overs, Hassan Gul’s gentle leg spin was introduced, and he took the final wicket to leave Hurley emphatic winners.
The Lee had poor availability, but this should be remembered as one of Hurley’s great away wins. The next match is Penn & Tylers Green at Shepherds Lane this Saturday.
In Chilterns League Division 2, Hurley’s 2nd team claimed a comfortable 5-wicket win over The Lee 2nds at Shepherds Lane.
Having restricted The Lee to 184-9, Hurley got to their target in the 45th over with Naeem Akhtar retiring on 63.
Billy Presbury, 21, of Moray Drive, and Kai Warwick, 19, of Whiteford Road, targeted a trio of teenage boys in Farnham Park on June 1, 2019.