Victory – thanks to a labour of bruv
Inspired performances from brothers Steve and Greg Hooley helped Hatley & Arrington to an 82-run victory over visitors Guilden Morden on Sunday. Batting first, Hatley lost two early wickets to the lively seam bowling of James Wilson and Tom Walton. Tim D
Inspired performances from brothers Steve and Greg Hooley helped Hatley & Arrington to an 82-run victory over visitors Guilden Morden on Sunday.
Batting first, Hatley lost two early wickets to the lively seam bowling of James Wilson and Tom Walton.
Tim Davenport, who defied a rib injury to steady the innings with 32, and Phil Hastings shared a third-wicket stand of 33.
Luke Knibbs followed with a brisk 21 before all-rounder Steve Hooley came in to smash a quickfire 67, which included four sixes and seven fours. Andrew Knibbs added an unbeaten 18 late on to boost Hatley's total to 228-8.
Neil Dolby (23) and Walton (13) got the Morden innings off to a brisk start and Wilson carried on the good work with a quick 24.
Matt Knibbs then steadied the scoring rate by taking 3-31 before Greg Hooley ripped through the second half of the batting to finish with 5-29 from eight overs of lively seam bowling.
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Mark Newland (42) and Sam Ingrey (29) tried to launch a late fight-back by the visitors but they were dismissed for 146.
The previous week saw Hatley survive a late batting collapse to scrape home to a two-wicket victory at Bassingbourn.
Batting first, the home side started well, with young openers James Robinson (26) and Ben Allen (14) putting on 35 for the first wicket in good time.
Nick Lenton then hit back for Hatley, again demonstrating his potential to eventually fill the boots of absent regular strike bowler Matt Knibbs by dismissing both openers and going on to take 3-25 from eight overs.
The pendulum of the match swung again, though, as Matthew Andrews struck a fine 40 for Bassingbourn and he got good late-order support from Ricky Sykes, who made 17 to help boost their side's total to 153.
Hatley's other main wicket-takers were off-spinner Steve Hooley (3-30) and seamer Andrew Knibbs, who rolled back the years during one of his rare appearances to finish with 2-34.
In reply, Hatley recovered from the early loss of two wickets through brothers Shaun and Tim Davenport, who put on 61 for the third wicket to take their side's score to 105 after 25 overs.
The former was dismissed for 37 and the latter followed shortly afterwards for 30.
Hatley's middle order then collapsed and it took a late cameo flurry of runs from Will Perry to see them home.
Robinson (3-18) and Paul Bryant (3-25) were Bassingbourn's most successful bowlers.
Bassingbourn ran out narrow winners in their annual game against Liverpool University Staff Tourists.
This game, in its 42nd year, started with Liverpool batting first, in a timed game as opposed to a limited number of overs.
Liverpool had a stand of 36 for the first wicket, but then wickets fell steadily, throughout their innings, finally declaring on 153-9 at tea.
The main scorers were Steve Briggs (28) and Malcolm Singh (25), with the wickets evenly spread, but Bill McInulty managed 2-15 in his five overs.
Bassingbourn lost James Robinson when the score was only 11, but then had a stand of 65 between Paul Pousland (40) and Gant Thompson (25), thanks to some powerful hitting from Pousland and some fine strokes by Thompson, which included a huge six.
Wickets then started to fall, but steady knocks by John Thompson (25) and Ben Allen (15) kept Bassingbourn in the run chase.
Bassingbourn scored the decisive runs in the last over with eight wickets down, winning by two wickets. Liverpool's Mike Roberts finished with 5-45.