HURLEY suffered a first defeat in three matches this season after a one-wicket loss at home to Great Kingshill on Saturday.

For the second week running, Hurley had their opposition nine wickets down but failed to deliver the final strike.

The hosts won the toss and opted to bat first on a track of uneven bounce. They made 22 runs before Dave Simoes (9) fell to a low one-handed return catch to Ian Talmer (1-26).

Naeem Akhtar (126*) is so often to go-to man for Hurley and he was the engine behind their total of 207-7, carrying his bat and breaking a clubhouse window in the process.

Akhtar and Shabob Riaz (18) added a measured 43 in 11 overs before the latter took a wild swipe and was bowled out with Hurley on 65-2.

Phil Ridgeway (21) joined Akhtar to add 70 runs for the fourth wicket and leave the home team on a sound platform to accelerate at 136-4 from 37 overs.

However, Henry Graham (0) fended to point and Imran Arshad (2) was called for a suicide run so Hurley were stalling at 146-6.

Akhtar then went belligerent as 60 runs were added and one broken window from the final 10 overs.

Hurley finished their allotted 47 overs on a challenging 207-7 but with a fast outfield.

Akhtar (3-27) and Riaz (4-50) finished the opposition to rubble at 118-7 inside 27 overs after tea.

The pace of Riaz and the uneven bounce had Nick Hallett (1) edging to slip where Ridgeway pouched a smart catch, before Matt Free (4) ballooned to short cover.

Great Kingshill required 90 runs from 16 overs so Alex Dashwood (94*) picked up the pace and, aided by some leg-side bowling, he swept monotonously to the boundary.

Dashwood and Jason Talmer (19) then added 61 runs in seven overs as Riaz and Jonathan Langlands (1-47) were punished.

Langlands bowled Talmer with the visitors requiring 29 runs with two wickets and nine overs remaining.

Akhtar returned to the attack after cramp and it took him three balls to bowl Mark Crangle (5) with the away side at 198-9.

Langlands bowled the 40th and final over where Dashwood took a single before Ian Talmer (5) squeezed a boundary.

The next two balls were dot balls and a half chance as Talmer edged to the keepers right. Simoes got a hand to the ball but it spilled and one run was taken.

Great Kingshill needed four more and Dashwood swept another boundary for the victory.

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