Hayes put on a show to breeze past OMT
Ghrial and Sidhu lead the way with bat
HAYES showed their class with the bat to vanquish Old Merchant Taylors in a Thames Valley Cricket League Division 3B derby at the weekend.
Having had quite a few lastminute dropouts, Taylors were under-strength for the short trip to Wood End and the home side took full advantage by claiming a big win.
Having won the toss and opted to put Hayes into bat first, OMT had hoped the pitch would help their seam bowlers.
But in fact it played very flat and true and Hayes batted comfortably throughout their innings.
Pyara Sidhu (80 not out) and Jasraj Ghrial (92) were the pick of the home side’s scorecard on an excellent session at the crease.
OMT kept toiling away and the pick of the bowlers was captain Kavir Vedd, who returned 4-119.
In posting 274-6 as a declaration total, Hayes were confident of wrapping up a valuable victory.
That confidence turned out to be well-placed as OMT never managed to establish a killer partnership that would afford them some stability.
Instead, wickets fell regularly meaning OMT were dismissed for a very disappointing 97, a long way short of the target.
OMT now focus their minds on the next fixture against Wooburn Narkovians CC.
Meanwhile, in Thames Valley Cricket League Division 6A, Taylors’ second-string were beaten by 69 runs against Tring Park as they tasted defeat for the first time this season.
Shorn of several regular batters, OMT elected to bowl first on winning the toss and at 112-7 hopes were high of restricting Tring to less than 150, after debutant Terence Moynihan recorded figures of (4-31).
However, youngster Toby Seagrave (20) supported the Tring captain Nathan Devlin (84) in a fine 8th wicket partnership of around 70 before Rajiv Radhakrishnan (3/19) finally managed to break through for OMT.
Tring’s 213 was a stiffer target than OMT would have liked to chase and they soon found themselves 77-7, although the excellent Moynihan (40) continued to impress. But he was soon run out and Taylors’ were then out of ideas.
EIGHTY NOT OUT: Pyaru Sidhu