1st XI CONTINUE UNDEFEATED
Ley Hill 286-6 (44 overs declared); Hurley 135-10 (35 overs)
Ley Hill skipper Craig Peterson won the toss and decided to bat. A wise decision on one of the hottest days of the summer so far. He and fellow opener Ollie Runswick put on 85 between them before the former was caught out on 48. Peterson himself followed the next over for 47. Richard Clarke had replaced Runswick at the crease and he stayed put to score 62 but number 4 Lewis Thompson departed fairly quickly for only 16. Enter Ben Ford who played a steady innings before being given out LBW for 41. With a contribution of 27 from Justin Hutchins followed by the not-out batsmen Max Lee (16) and Suranga Daluwatta (9), Ley Hill declared after 44 overs having scored 286 runs for 6 wickets. Pick of the Hurley bowlers was P. Ridgeway who ended up with figures of 15 overs – 4 maidens – 67 runs – 5 wickets.
Peterson opened with Surange Daluwatta and Lewis Thompson – a decision which paid off when Hurley opener C. Williams was out caught and bowled for a duck from Daluwatta’s third ball. His partner D. Simoes stayed put and by the time Hurley lost their fourth wicket, Simoes had been caught by Daluwatta from the bowling of Craig Ottaway for 18 runs, S. Riaz bowled Daluwatta for 32 runs and V. Sharma caught Justin Hutchins, bowled Chris Morris for 28. Hurley 89-4. This quickly turned into 89-5 with the rapid departure of J. Graham for a duck, closely followed by I. Arshad which brought the Hurley total to 92-6. H. Graham (16) and P. Ridgeway (21) then brought the score to 135 before the eighth wicket fell, but with the remaining three batsmen all getting ducks, this turned out to be the Hurley total for their innings. 135 runs for 10 wickets from exactly 35 overs. Pick of the Ley Hill bowlers was Morris with figures of 5 overs, 2 maidens, 6 runs for 3 wickets, closely followed by Ottaway who had figures of 6 overs, 3 maidens, 15 runs for 3 wickets.
Peterson has now scored over 900 runs so far this season (including three centuries) with Daluwatta having taken in excess of 40 wickets (including 6 wickets in an innings on three separate occasions). A detailed score card can be found if you navigate to “Information – Documents” and scroll down to “Score Cards – Saturday 1st XI”.