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Many a batsman may have let this effect them, but Dawkins has batted throughout the league season without losing his wicket, and on a dry wicket set about repairing the damage with the ever-improving Skelton (14), providing middle order support to rescue Hurley from the murky waters at 17-3. Dawkins retired on 28, the bedrock of the Hurley innings, with some classy drives and sneaky singles.

Contributions later down the order from Calliss (9), Peplow (7) and crucial late boundary from Cooper (4) assisted in Hurley setting a par score of 101. In response, Royal Ascot made a steady start, as Hurley set some tough fields to score on, and with accurate opening pair Dawkins and Hill proving tough to get away, Ascot were always just behind the run rate but with wickets in hand.

Game-changer Arjan Bagri accounted for Dixit (8) and the dangerous Goderski (4) in double quick time to put Hurley in the box seat. Dunnett (25 Retired) once again proved a thorn in the Hurley side, displaying maturity beyond his years, and ably supported by Symons (14*) kept Ascot in the hunt throughout.

However, excellent bowling from Hurley's 2nd line of attack in Patrick (1-12) and Peplow (1-20) ensured wickets began to fall regularly, supported by some keen fielding, resulting in an increasing run rate.

In a calculated risk, Hurley brought on spinner Dyson for two of the final three overs. Dyson held his nerve superbly, bowling his two overs for a miserly 5 runs, including the wicket of Barter in the final over, which Ascot required 11 from. Wild scenes were sparked both on and off the pitch as Hill ran out Alamnaza (1) off the final ball, to secure a tight victory.

In a tremendous advert for U11 cricket, Hurley came out victors by 7 runs ending a superb season and wonderful day at Shepherd's Lane to be crowned U11 Division 2 winners across three regions.

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