Hurlingham Himalayas prove too steep

Hurlingham 307-7 dec (55 overs), Buccaneers 225

A sunny day greeted the Buccaneers at Hurlingham and, with a gorgeous-looking pitch in the middle of the square offering the prospect of a feast of runs, the Buccaneeers opted to chase rather then set a target.  A good game at Hurlingham sets up a target of 160 off the last 20 overs and this was exactly what the Buccaneers required  but with only 3 wickets in hand.

With the home side filled their boots in the morning with Marlborough schoolboy Logan  reaching a fluent century well before lunch which was taken at a mountainous 179 when Razvi was acrobatically caught by Dave West for 48.

Logan fell for an impressive 136 soon after the interval when a Herculean effort from Andy Owen (19-3-109-2) and controlled economy from Simon Woolfries (15-0-53-3) kept tthe Buccaneers in the game. After their top 3 had gone, Hurlingham’s batting cupboard looked a tad bare but they were able to set a fair declaration at 307-7 after 55 overs.

Nick Cross (32) and Will Noble (42) were going nicely but when their stand ended, the Buccaneers stumbled from 86-1 to 152-7 before skipper Ed Cunynghame (40) and Sathish Subbiah (52) mounted an inspirational revival which reduced the target to double digits. But once this paid were parted, the end came quickly and the Buccaneers were done for a disappointing 225.

However, the result couldn’t entirely overshadow another glorious day at The Hurlingham Club where the sumptuous hospitality and relaxing ambience was enjoyed as much as th spirit in which the game was played.

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