Ashford bowled over by King Kelly


By - Tuesday 9th July, 2013

A brilliant and hostile spell by Purley’s young fast bowler Adam Kelly (4-23) secured a crucial win for the Pumas against fellow relegation strugglers Ashford on an intensely hot day in Staines


PURLEY  242-7 dec. (Chaudhry 61*)

ASHFORD  170

Purley won by 72 runs

Savion Lara taking his third catch in the slips.

Some dogged resistance from the Ashford tailend looked like they would save the game but Kelly, well backed up by Razi Khan and Andy Macdonald (4-82), took the last three wickets with just three overs left to bowl.

Purley skipper James Scott won the toss for the visiting side and elected to bat first. Despite losing Stuart Glassington early on, this decision was vindicated by the solid second wicket partnership between in-form Savion Lara (49) and Shane Patel. The score had reached 94 when Patel was caught behind off spinner Richard Mansfield (3-72). Lara once again showed his class with some crisp boundaries after surviving an early drop. However, despite this good start, Ashford worked hard in the heat and took the wickets of Scott, Tauseef Medhi, and Lara in quick succession to leave the visiting side in a bit of trouble with the score on 131-5.

Chaudhry finished unbeaten on 61. His was a classy innings with some particularly brutal hitting towards the end

Nathan Harris (36) and Nav Chaudhry (61*), both fresh from recent good innings, batted superbly to take the score to 193 before Harris was bowled by Mansfield. The pitch, although good to bat on, was starting to turn. Khan was dismissed for a three-ball duck and it was left to Macdonald to bat with Chaudhry and put on 49 off just 6 overs with Scott boldly declaring with the score on 242 for 7. Chaudhry finished unbeaten on 61. His was a classy innings with some particularly brutal hitting towards the end including three fours off the final over.

Ashford were given 52 overs back to score the 243 to win. With a quick outfield and good batting conditions the home side would have been hopeful of chasing this target. The Pumas were confident that on a spinning pitch they themselves were in a strong position with plenty of runs on the board.

Scott took the decision to continue with the old ball and allow spinners Macdonald and Khan to open the attack. Macdonald removed Chris Evans, caught at slip and with Khan bowling accurately at the other end the visitors sensed an opportunity. However, some wayward bowling from Macdonald and some fine hitting from James Berressem and Mansfield looked like nullifying any spin threat. The pair passed the fifty mark with little discomfort.

Nav Chaudhry on his way to a 50.

With Berressem on 38, Macdonald extracted some extra flight and trapped him in front. Khan took the wicket of Trefor Evans shortly afterwards with Patel taking  a fine catch at short-leg. Khan was now bowling with a good rhythm and his battle with Mansfield was absorbing. Mansfield looked to be winning the contest with some particularly meaty blows  but following a drinks break, Khan tempted Mansfield with a well-flighted delivery which Mansfield smashed straight to Kelly at deep mid-on with the score now 90-4.

Paul Frost and Bilal Mohammed worked hard to regain some stability into the Ashford innings until Frost was trapped lbw by Macdonald. Macdonald removed Naveel Khan shortly after with the score on 140-6 but Mohammed was looking in good touch and mostly untroubled.

Kelly finished with 4-23 off 7.2 overs, his first wickets in the 1st XI and an outstanding effort

Kelly, taking the new ball, replaced a tiring Khan and immediately bowled with good pace and aggression. Mohammed was keen to take him on and hit a couple of brutal shots through the leg side. Kelly roared back and had him caught at slip by Lara for a well played 34. Kelly, now in full flow, took the wicket of Langworth.

With ten overs to go and the target out of reach, Robert Evans and Neil Smith attempted to block their way to safety. The pair looked untroubled for five overs until Kelly removed Evans with a brute of a ball that was excellently caught by Lara. Youngster Andrew Tippell survived an over before Kelly ran in and bowled him with an unplayable yorker. Ashford were all out for 170 and Kelly finished with 4-23 off 7.2 overs, his first wickets in the 1st XI and an outstanding effort.

Purley host Pyrford on Saturday 13th July in what should be a tightly contested encounter between two sides both fighting relegation. The Purley Tennis Club finals day is also on Saturday at The Ridge so it will be a fantastic place to be with the sun shining and bar open to all.

Purley Cricket Club

Purley Cricket Club

Purley Cricket Club boast 3 Saturday sides playing in the Surrey Championship, 4 Sunday sides, a colts section which is the envy of the county and an innovative academy. Our ground boasts excellent facilities for playing and socialising. They have recently welcomed Redoubtables WCC, the second oldest women's cricket club in the world, to join with the ladies section as Purley Redoubtables. If you fancy a game of cricket, get in touch with Purley CC as they are looking for players of all standards.

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