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Priors caught on a crumbling track

Priors caught on a crumbling track

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Mottisfont v Hurstbourne Priors.

The toss was a crucial decider in the game between Hurstbourne Priors and Mottisfont.

Priors were put in on a damp track which broke up early causing batsman no end of problems. Mottisfont bowled tight lines and Priors struggled to cope and wickets fell at regular intervals, exacerbated with a calamitous run out between Ashok Nautiyal (27) and Mark Matthews.

With all failing to get going Priors the limped to 129 all out with all Mottisfont bowlers picking up wickets.

Their response was positive from the off and with the pitch drying fast Priors needed their bowling to stand up.

Matthews bowled with aggression and pace but was hindered by no balls and problems with his big toe. Barnes and Trant both reached 37 before Richard Carter and Stewart Samways removed them but Mottisfont reached their total with 13 overs to spare.

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