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Hurley CC slip to five-wicket defeat away from home

Shobab Riaz.

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Hurley 1st XI travelled to Knotty Green for their second away match of the 2019 season but came away without a win as the hosts triumphed with a five-wicket victory.

Knotty Green captain Ross Kemp invited Hurley to bat on a bright but windy day as Kelvin Baillie (20) continued the fluent stroke-play of previous Saturdays, while Clive Williams (2) found scoring more difficult and was adjudged lbw in the tenth over.  Williams’s departure brought in Shobab Riaz (66), who did the bulk of the damage for Hurley, as he played a solid knock, taking guard outside the crease, hitting the ball hard and straight.

Riaz was eventually caught in the deep on the leg side at the bottom of the hill, with only Phil Ridgeway (13) making any noticeable additions to the Hurley total of 129.

Riaz opened the bowling from the pavilion end for Hurley and found the thin edge of Tom Mason in the fifth over, before taking the wicket of Ashish Patel in the first over after tea. Baillie caught Premal Patel off his own bowling, but not before the ball had been parried by Amir Iqbal.

 From sixty-one for three Knotty Green advanced towards their target, helped by Hurley’s inability to take their chances.  The home side found the necessary shots, and once hit, the ball raced away to the boundary.  Mike Widdowson (52), a man-mountain, scored a half-century relatively comfortably as Knotty Green eased towards their target with plenty of overs in hand.

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