Classy Khan show in vain for struggling Purley
PURLEY continue to find things difficult in Division One and were outdone by a superb performance by Valley End lower-order batsman Alex MacQueen.
Coming to the crease at 71-6 the Surrey second XI all rounder hit a brutal 109 off just 84 balls before taking three late wickets as the Pumas succumbed to another consecutive defeat.
Using the damp conditions to their advantage John Fry asked Valley End to bat first on a damp track. An excellent spell from Stan Somerford and then spinner Razi Khan put Purley in a fantastic position at lunch with Valley End struggling at 71-6.
Following a sunny lunch break, MacQueen, ably supported by skipper Keith Fisher (56) took on the Purley attack and hit them to all parts. It was a quite phenomenal innings that completely changed the match.
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MacQueen hit eight huge sixes, finally departing with the score on 247-9.
Khan was the pick of the bowlers for Purley with 4-42.
Given 62 overs to bat the Pumas had plenty of time to chase down the score. However, they got off to a disastrous start as Fry was run out for one and Fuaad Syed lbw shortly after.
Kapilan Balusubramaniam and Sid Lahiri battled well for the third wicket but when both batsmen were dismissed the rest of the Purley side were dismissed fairly cheaply.
The spinners Calum Pitcher and MacQueen did most of the damage picking up three wickets apiece as the Pumas had no answer to their disciplined bowling eventually dismissed for 95 with almost 20 overs still left to bat.
Purley host local rivals Old Whitgiftians tomorrow, which is now a must-win game for both.