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  • Mon
    Jul
    24
    2017

    Hurley Tour to Somerset 2017

    The Hurley Tour of Somerset 2017 Tuesday 11th July  The meet-up point: The Hinnell Residence. Pat, playing butler and maid served up a fine selection of bacon butties and filtered coffee to the Taylor's (3), Graham's (2; 1 to follow) and Simoes (1).  Weather forecast offered little hope and lived up to expectations on a long-ish motorway journey, happily supported by Haribo and Maoam sweet selections and sickly sweet pop ballads by DJ Steve FX.  The Stones Hotel in Minehead has catered the touring Hurley-ites on previous occasions, and continued throughout. Pat Hinnell lived up to his commitment for arrival drinks at the hotel - who'd say no to a 7.2% cider? Not me - the first of seven over the course of the evening!  With no expectation of any cricket we headed over to Stogumber CC as they had still offered to run a BBQ. The tourists still enjoyed themselves on the outfield with Frisbee, football and cricket related games offering some kind of activity. Alas, the food offered fell into the sub-10% meat content and numerous visits to the lavatories over the next day or so followed.  Late evening entertainment revolved around 'killer' on both the pool table and darts board - chief targets appeared to be Jeff Dawson and Mike Walton – seen as the main threats by the Graham boys.   All in all great fun.  Wednesday 12th July Pat set the benchmark for fitness with an early morning run, solo. The rest headed for full English fry-ups with commendable service from the waiting team. An enjoyable round of crazy golf, Joe Graham and Mike Walton proving victors on a course needing some serious maintenance. Then it was off to the beach, for keepie-uppies- definitely best to stick to cricket when you can barely make double figures.  With the weather improving, Watchet offered the first competitive game, 40 over a side. With coastal views and a rather large playing field, Watchet posted a competitive 250+ score. Scott Taylor picked up 3 wickets, Malcolm Graham picked up his first Hurley wicket and good spirit was maintained throughout. In response, Hurley struggled to keep up with the required rate. 'Traitor' Nigel Haines used to make up Watchet's full complement of 11, picked up three wickets. James Taylor, showed his ability with a quick fire 30 odd, in support of Veggie as Hurley got themselves back in contention, and despite becoming the first touring Centurion, Veggie was last man out with Hurley 50 short of their target.  A commendable curry was devoured by the hungry squad before returning to base for more bar sports and drinks for many. Minehead officially shuts down for the day at about 8.30pm, where falling leaves can be heard, such is the silence. Mike Walton showed admirable patience, much like we do with his batting, in co-ordinating a poker tournament, with many non-players amongst the ranks, but usual suspects were there for the showdown, with Mike coming out on top.  Thursday 13th July MW headed home after breakfast to manage his team of Berks Over 50s at Wargrave. The seasoned tourers, Pat, Daniel (Masters), Jim (Fenwick) headed for a serious round of golf, while the 'freshers' contented themselves with ice-creams, a 'sold down the river' trip to Butlins, or a steam train journey that frankly went on for days, with questionable singing throughout by Mo, Henry and Jo supported by professional singer, Steve Taylor. There was also questionable sexuality of many folk supporting the train network, but we are in the West Country. By this stage, the 'Bank of Graham' was suffering signs of fatigue. The welcome sight of Bert and Mo swelled the ranks as the team headed off to Minehead for a 20:20 bash. A target of 150+ was set - Henry Graham bowled well for little return, Jeff Dawson bowled less than well for reward, although he thought otherwise - variety it's called, and Mo offered some late respite from some heavy hitters. In response, the Taylor brothers put together an unbeaten 90* partnership but just fell short of the necessary target.  Team Fish 'n' Chips followed in the evening at Tom's Restaurant and a fine selection of wines supplied by Pat Hinnell. Joe Graham, away from the watchful eye of Malcolm was guzzling wine like it was going out of fashion, and falling in love with the waitress, while Bert, with his refined pallet, tasted the wine like on a vineyard in France, before committing.  'Killer' pool professionals Dan Masters and Bert Simon headed back to base for early practice, and for Bert to showcase his skills and adherence to the laws of pool - he even accessed them on Google but reverted to the 'Gentleman's D', which had faded on the table.  The standard was typically poor; Jeff Dawson was not impressed and challenged anyone to a game of skill. No one actually cared tbh.  Bert had brought his guitar, and songs went on long through the night. Those hard of hearing would have benefitted as, despite the effort, no recording contracts will be following in the post.  Friday 14th July  Once again a no-show from the Graham Boys at breakfast - too much singing and heavy heads. A final wander down Minehead High Street - the traditional sweetie shop saw quite a lot of activity - maybe down to the sweets, or possibly the attractive lady - MO's chat up line of 'You've got great teeth for someone working in a sweet shop' didn't have the desired effect.  The majority of tourists headed to the Hollywood Bowl in Taunton for some 10 pin bowling - lots of fun, and more accurate bowling than is often found on the cricketing pitch, with the younger Taylors showing real zest, with Steve T proving reliable line and length.  The Grahams and Mo initially looked as if they had never seen 10 pin bowling before, but improved with experience.  Brompton Ralph offered the final 20:20 game and also the most picturesque setting. Henry Graham blew away the top order with 4-7, Malcolm picked up a further wicket and Bert told Steve Taylor ' you don't know the rules' having been called for a no-ball. Steve replied that there are laws, not rules. Touché.  Having opened up the game, Brompton Ralph scored way too many - 135-ish and showed more ability with the ball. Masters and Veggie offered a patient opening stand, but little else followed until James Taylor provided some quick-fire runs and with Veggie hitting 62*, Hurley just came up a few runs short.  So, despite 0/3 much fun was had by all, talk of the 2018 tour has revolved around Croatia, Ibiza and the New Forest. I'm holding out for India.  Thanks to Pat for his sterling efforts in organising the tour and well done to all those who participated to make it an enjoyable experience. By Dave Simoes.
  • Sun
    Nov
    06
    2016

    AGM

    The 2016 AGM was held at the club on Saturday 5th November. The exisitng committee were all returned unopposed. For the first time in many years there was need for an election for two of the captaincy posts. The following were elected for the 2017 season. President - Colin Ainger; Chairman - Phil Ridgeway; Secretary - Malcolm Graham; Treasurer - Mike Ridgeway; Facilities Manager - Mike Walton; Fund Raising Secretary - Neil Dawkins; Bar Secretary - Jeff Dawson; League Rep - Mike Walton; Colts Manager - Dave Simoes; 1st XI Captain and Vice Captain TBA 2nd XI Captain - Nigel Haines, Vice Captain - Mike Walton; Sunday XI Captain - Mo Basharat, Vice Captain - Scott Taylor (TBC)    
  • Tue
    Aug
    02
    2016

    Hurley Tour to Somerset 2016

    Hurley’s tour to Somerset and Devon got underway on Wednesday 20th July. Originally supposed to be a Kep Doon XI (the team that plays Hurley each August Bank Holiday Sunday and mostly made up of ex-Hurley Sunday 2s) it was re-designated a Hurley Touring XI  - when Kep Doon failed to provide any players! Big thanks are due to those who responded to my email back in May, which produced the extra players needed to make a squad. Unfortunately one of those had to withdraw the day before the tour started due to family reasons but very fortuitously and at the last moment we managed to pick up Jim Fenwick, accomplished keeper/batsman and veteran of previous tours. Also, special mention and big thanks  to Steve Taylor’s brother Mike, one of the most enthusiastic and all-round-talented cricketers, who made a 3-hour journey to join us for the Thursday afternoon game then drove back the same evening. Outstanding. First game was the feature fixture, a T20 evening match against Lynton and Lynmouth played at the iconic Valley of The Rocks ground.  L & L batted first and were restricted to 110 for 9, mostly due to three run-outs (the work of James and Steve) and wickets from Tanvir (2), Steve (2), Mo and Scott.  Hurley’s reply received a set-back in the third over when Tanvir on umpire duty raised the finger against TM on an LBW shout, clearly not having read the Terms and Conditions of Touring. Jim (21), James (26) and Dan (31 not out) then set up victory though a late wobble was righted when Tanvir came out and fittingly pulled his first ball for four to win the match with a couple of overs to spare. Watchet , competitive as ever (played twice before, 1-1)  put out a strong team for the Thursday afternoon 40-over game and racked up 237 in their 40 overs. Mo and Dan took two wickets each and Scott an excellent 4-37, aided by some keen catching in the gulley area where Kuldeep took three and Tanvir two. Steve also held a couple in the outfield and another run-out helped rein in the Watchet batsman. Hurley’s reply centred round a wonderful knock of 94 by James T, off just 66 balls. Jim kept things steady at the other end and went on to a well-played 55, but from James’s departure at 159-4 the innings went in to decline as the light started to fade. Watchet’s quick bowler, saved for this part of the game, made scoring difficult as he ran in through the sea mist and back-drop of pine trees on the top side of the ground and Hurley were all out for 213 in their final over. Bert held firm with 4 not out from 13. The final game, out in the country at Timberscombe, was another T20 and featured a number of Watchet players making up the numbers: four for Timberscombe, one for Hurley!  A wicket apiece for Mo, Steve and Dan, another run-out, and some tidy overs from Bert kept Timberscombe to 148-4. Hurley were always struggling in reply (opening quick bowler running in from the setting sun, slow-bowler bowling too slowly, fielders in all the right places) but Kuldeep had some fun with a well-struck 25. Contributions from TM (17) Dan (12) James (11) and Scott(10) were not enough and the game ended slightly unusually when Steve batting at 11 was stumped off his first ball, reprieved when it was called unfair dismissal (taken in front) then legally stumped next ball. Does that count as a ‘pair’? Highlights away from the cricket included Mo’s surprising finesse on the pool table; Bert finding and persuading a fish restaurant to stay open and serve us at 11 o’clock on the last night – food was very good too (in return they just want 10 recommendations on Tripadvisor); Tanvir in detailed discussion ordering the food on our Asian dining experience (top marks); Dan playing his best-ever round of golf round the Minehead links to comfortably win the three-ball (against Jim and TM); everyone making breakfast each day. Don’t know who won the poker night as a hefty few scotch and drys and a slim wallet suggested it wasn’t me. Bert and TM maintained a Tour tradition of being last up until the final night when TM departed before the morning light, having lost focus on the pool table. So again many thanks to all the Tourists that made this such a success: Steve Taylor, Captain Bert Simon Dan Masters Jim Fenwick Mo Basharat Kuldeep Nothey Tanvir Ahmed James Taylor Scott Taylor Mike Taylor Not forgetting Jim’s wife, Arvind, son Josh and Tanvir’s son Aayan who supported enthusiastically and enjoyed some fine cricket. Lastly, I should mention that we have been invited back again next year by Lynton & Lynmouth and Watchet, so make room in your diaries – families welcome! The Stones Hotel looked after us extremely well, good rooms, pool table, all night bar service, good breakfast, great coffee. TM had to instruct waitress to in future refuse him a second cup of coffee after indulging on the first morning: rather like a good cocktail, one is never enough; two is too many, three is never enough…                  
  • Mon
    May
    02
    2016

    On going investment

    Over the winter, the club committee has once again invested in our facilities to ensure that we remain one of the best places to play cricket in the area. The players' showers have been refurbished and an extra mobile cover has been purchased to enable better protection of the bowlers' run up areas during wet conditions.
  • Thu
    Jul
    10
    2014

    Hurley CC Featured in ECB Video

    An ECB online video has been published, called View From The Middle - Flood Relief, featuring Hurley CC. It gives an overview of the flooding that wreaked havoc on the ground during January 2014 and how we've recovered, with help from the ECB, to enable cricket to be played at Shepherd's Lane in the summer of 2014. Click here for the ECB video
  • Mon
    Jan
    20
    2014

    Hurley Hit By Floods For The Second Time In Three Weeks

    The picturesque village of Hurley on Thames has been devastated by the recent floods, particularly the village cricket club, as you can see from the photos. The club members are now desperately looking for all the financial support it can raise to replace and rebuild.
  • Sun
    Sep
    15
    2013

    Hurley Under 11's Win Berks Youth League Division 2

      101 for 6 beat Royal Ascot 94 for 7 by 7 runs. On a day of nerve shredding tensions, Hurley ended their exemplary season on a tremendous high with a emotional day for kids and parents against Royal Ascot, on a beautiful autumn day at Hurley. Having been inserted to bat, Hurley made a steady start to their innings against an accurate opening attack. The outstanding Dunnett (3-8) accounted for Ballard (1), and immediately sent back prolific batsman Hill 1st ball. When calm was required, Dawkins called a suicidal run and Dyson was run out for 0, again Dunnett with the accurate throw. At this point, the Hurley changing room resembled an X-Factor audition night with disappointment aplenty.
  • Fri
    Jan
    20
    2012

    Tots Cricket Section Launched

    After a very successful 2011 season which saw several boys and girls selected for county squads, 2012 will see the club entering teams in the Berkshire Junior League at Under 9, Under 11 and U13. In addition, the club is delighted to be launching a Tots Cricket section in 2012 for 6-7 year olds, who are keen to try cricket for the first time in a fun environment. The fun introduction to cricket sessions will start Sunday February 19th and be coached by Dean Nye. For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak68246b16eb1be45c54a2007ec2aa09b0').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy68246b16eb1be45c54a2007ec2aa09b0 = 'dave.forrest' + '@'; addy68246b16eb1be45c54a2007ec2aa09b0 = addy68246b16eb1be45c54a2007ec2aa09b0 + 'hurleycc' + '.' + 'co' + '.' + 'uk'; var addy_text68246b16eb1be45c54a2007ec2aa09b0 = 'dave.forrest' + '@' + 'hurleycc' + '.' + 'co' + '.' + 'uk';document.getElementById('cloak68246b16eb1be45c54a2007ec2aa09b0').innerHTML += ''+addy_text68246b16eb1be45c54a2007ec2aa09b0+'';
  • Tue
    Jan
    10
    2012

    Congratulations on Junior County Selections

    Congratulations to Olly Dawkins who has been selected for the Berkshire U10 County squad and David Morgans for the U12 District squad, fine achievements. Chris Dawkins and Olly Wardell should also be congratulated on participation in the U12 winter squad training sessions.
  • Sun
    Nov
    20
    2011

    AGM

    The club Annual General Meeting was held on 12th November
  • Tue
    Nov
    15
    2011

    2011 Awards

    The 2011 Hurley Club Supper was once again held at Birds Hill Golf Club on Saturday 22nd October. Those present enjoyed a good evening during which the annual awards were presented.
  • Wed
    Jul
    13
    2011

    Big hitting Lewis smashes Hurley CC record books

    Congratulations to George for his maiden and record breaking hundred against Sonning 2nds. George struck 130 from just 63 balls, reaching 3 figures off just 52 balls. During the knock, George broke several club records, including the youngest player to score 100 and also recording the fastest ever century by a Hurley batsman. He eventually fell for 130 including 22 fours and 1 six!
  • Mon
    Nov
    01
    2010

    Fred Furneaux wins Windsor & Maidenhead Borough 2010 "Lifetime Achievement" Award

    At the 9th Annual Celebration of Leisure and Cultural Achievement 2010 in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Fred was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award. He is pictured with the 2 guest speakers Campbell Walsh (winner of an Olympic silver in slalom canoeing at the 2004 Athens Olympics) and Will Hodgkinson (the Times rock music critic and author).
  • Mon
    Nov
    01
    2010

    Val Forrest and Fred Furneaux win Berkshire Cricket Board OSCAs

    Congratulations to Val Forrest who won the Berkshire Cricket Board OSCA for "Behind the Scenes" contribution and Fred Furneaux who was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award.
  • Fri
    Sep
    10
    2010

    Saturday 2nd XI get promoted

    Congratulations to the Saturday 2nd XI who were promoted into the 1st division of the Chiltern league after winning 8 out of their last 9 fixtures and finishing as runner up to Wargrave.
  • Thu
    Apr
    01
    2010

    ECB Coaching Qualifications

    Coaching Qualifications Congratulations to Neil Dawkins, Darryn Wright and David Simoes who recently qualified for their ECB Level 2 coaching badge. Hurley is now lucky enough to have 4 ECB qualified coaches helping out as part of the Youth Programme:
  • Sat
    Mar
    27
    2010

    NatWest CricketForce Weekend - 27th March 2010

    Read the Hurley blog on CricketForce published on the ECB website In connection with the NatWest CricketForce 2010 initiative Hurley CC will be holding a weekend of volunteering at the club to smarten up the clubhouse and the ground in preparation for what will be an exciting season of cricket as the club develops its status as a Berkshire County Cricket Focus club. This important event takes place on Saturday 27th March 2010 and Hurley CC is just one of over 1500 cricket clubs nationwide that will be involved.
  • Sat
    Sep
    12
    2009

    50 Years at Shepherds Lane...

    Fifty years of cricket were celebrated in style at Hurley on Saturday with over 70 members and guests gathering for a festival of nostalgia and vague recollections. Over 20 past members made it back to the club and their numbers were swelled by wives, girl-fiends, burgeoning prodigy and in some cases ex wives (not burgeoning I hastily add – Laura), all of which made for a terrific atmosphere under blazing blue skies and verdant rural surroundings.
  • Sat
    Jul
    11
    2009

    The Times To Cover Hurley Match

    On Saturday July 11 2009, we'll be lucky enough to have a journalist from The Times down at Hurley writing an article on cricket at grass roots level. Let's hope the sun shines for the 2nd XI game against Littlewick Green.

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