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Hurley's Sunday team struggle against Crazies Hill & Cockpole Green on rain-dampened wicket

Mike Cole

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Hurley’s Sunday team struggled on a wicket dampened by overnight rain as they lost by nine-wickets to Crazies Hill & Cockpole Green at home.

Openers Mike Cole and Yasir Gul struggled on the surface, but Cole could count himself a little unfortunate to depart to a wonderful catch by wicket keeper Newsome off McCook’s bowling.

John Munday made a classy 27 in a second wicket stand of 50 and Josh Cole held the middle order together, however, assistance was in short supply and the hosts slumped to 149 all out.

Mo Basharat and Hamza Zamman initially kept the lid on Hill’s scoring but when Simpson and Tidswell got into their stride the outcome was in little doubt. They shared a stand of 81 for the first wicket. Tidswell went to Liam Cole and Simpson retired hurt, but Tett and Montgomery saw the visitors home to a comfortable win in the 19th over.

Hurley’s hopes of beating Monks Risborough on Saturday were thwarted by the weather.

Their bowling attack of Umar Zamman and Rizwan Shah struggled to make inroads, but, after surviving a controversial not out decision earlier, Irfan Mohammed fell to Raheem dad in the 12th over. With the score on 77-1 the rains came and the captains agreed the game should be abandoned. Hurley lead the way in the Premier Division with 45 points, level with Knotty Green and Monks Risborough who also won their first matches. Coleshill picked up 35 points after Bourne End forfeited their game. Pinkneys Green had Penn & Tylers Green at 94-3 after 20.5 overs when their game was abandoned.

Hurley’s next match is at Penn & Tylers on Saturday.

Elsewhere in the Chilterns League, all the Championship games were abandoned or failed to get started. Peppard Stoke Row 1sts lead the way with 85 points after two weekends. In Divisions 1 and 2 all matches were abandoned due to the weather with the exception of Denham’s game at Phoenix Old Boys which saw the hosts concede the game, handing Denham 35 points.

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