08:30PM, Wednesday 23 June 2021
Hurley lost their last eight wickets for only nine runs as they lost by 157 runs against Chilterns Premiership leaders Cadmore End.
The game took place 24 hours after one of the wettest ever days in South East England and Cadmore were invited to bat in dank, post monsoon conditions.
However, they didn't allow the conditions to bother them, rattling along at around five an over, and, while there was no one dominant innings or big partnership, the runs soon piled up.
Debutant Sunny Singh came on from the Farm end for the 12th over and had Kadoos Hussain caught behind before bowling Abdul Manan.
In the second half of the innings Hassan Gul took two wickets courtesy of catches by Sunny and Jagdeep Singh, and Aman Singh returned and had captain Mansoor Hameed caught by Ibraz Hussain. Sunny also returned and took the final two wickets to take his haul to four, but not before Malik Usman and Mohammed Ayaz had added 45 for the ninth wicket.
The arithmetic for the second innings was 230 runs needed in 48 overs, but the strain of chasing a 200 plus total showed early as their innings disapeared faster than the Conservative majority in the Chesham and Amersham by-election.
Faisal Mahmood (1) was bowled in the third and in the fifth, Baillie (5) fell to a catch at gully.
In the seventh Jagdeep Singh (9) was bowled, and later in the same over Aman fell to the first of two catches taken by Abrar Khan at mid-off. The greatest resistance was provided by Ibraz Hussain (15, who batted for eight overs from 3-1 to 52-6, and was the only batsman to reach double figures.
Hurley eventually finished more than 150 runs and 30 overs adrift. Malik Usman’s 8-29 haul is likely the best against Hurley since Rod Willis took all 10 wickets for Littlewick Green in 2011.
The one positive for Hurley was the debut of Sunny Singh: in addition to his four wickets, he showed good hands and a great arm in the field. The next fixture is against Monks Risborough on the same ground in two weeks.
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