A maiden hundred in Hatfield & Crusaders win for Gethin-Golder
PUBLISHED: 15:47 30 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:47 30 July 2013
HATFIELD & Crusaders bounced back from defeat with a comfortable win over Preston 2nds, thanks to Ben Gethin-Golder’s maiden century.
Winning the toss, Anil Madduri elected to bat first and that decision seemed incorrect as both he and fellow opener Sukhi Grewal fell inside three overs.
Gethin-Golder and Heath Bond set about building the foundations of a partnership to steer their side away from danger.
With the new ball bowlers seen off, spin was brought into the attack from both ends restricting scoring options as Preston’s field settings put the pressure back onto their hosts.
With the first drinks break of the afternoon in sight, Bond fell top edging to mid-wicket for 27, ending a partnership of 62.
Keven Whitehead joined Gethin-Golder and they kept the scoreboard ticking.
Halfway through the innings Gethin-Golder looked to pick up the pace of the innings.
Whitehead was happy to play the supporting role as he guided Gethin-Golder through to his half-century as well as the 50 partnership.
With the heat getting to the bowlers, Whitehead began finding scoring easier picking off anything that provided a scoring opportunity.
With the score on 178 after 43 overs, Preston brought their opening bowlers back into the attack and they were punished as they were plundered for consecutive fours through point before the batsmen rotated the strike.
It was in the 48th over that Gethin-Golder brought up his personal landmark with a full toss whipped through the leg side to bring up his 100, which immediately brought a declaration with the score on 215-3.
Gethin-Golder finished on 101 with Whitehead unbeaten on 42.
Starting with the old ball, Ian Golder and Deepak Hasiza bowled with accuracy without causing many problems to Preston’s openers
The introduction of the new ball saw Aman Sofat and Fahim Akbar drawn into the attack with immediate effect as Sofat’s bounce drew an edge through to Gethin-Golder in the slips.
Sofat gained the next wicket with a rising delivery that caught the gloves through to Grewal in at gully. Golder was reintroduced into the attack and his full swinging delivery trapped the remaining opener lbw to leave Preston looking less comfortable at 57-3.
The visitors didn’t lie down however, as they counter-attacked Golder and Hasiza, playing more attacking shots and looked to score runs.
Mukesh Kumar was brought into the attack and although economical couldn’t provide the breakthrough that could raise Hatfield & Crusaders’ hopes.
Golder picked up the next wicket as Akbar spectacularly caught a skewed straight drive at mid-off before another lbw left the scoreboard reading 86-5.
The match turned on its head in the 37th over as Akbar claimed three wickets in four balls. His first two beat the batsmen for pace as he bowled them before his hat-trick ball was dug out only to bounce over the top of the stumps. The fourth ball of the over did take a wicket though as an lbw reduced Preston to 99-8.
Ten runs were added before Akbar claimed his next victim as he found an edge through to Whitehead behind the stumps.
Golder wrapped up victory with a swinging delivery that clipped the top of off stump.
Sofat finished with figures of 2-32, Akbar 4-17 and Golder 4-44.
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