Captain Desai leads Hatfield by example

PUBLISHED: 18:39 13 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:02 26 October 2009

Saracens Herts League Division Two Northchurch 215-5 Hatfield 142-9 A DEFIANT innings from skipper Darshan Desai helped secure Hatfield a draw against Northchurch on Saturday. The newly-promoted Ascots Lane side were seemingly heading for a second defeat

Saracens Herts League Division Two

Northchurch 215-5 Hatfield 142-9

A DEFIANT innings from skipper Darshan Desai helped secure Hatfield a draw against Northchurch on Saturday.

The newly-promoted Ascots Lane side were seemingly heading for a second defeat of the season in Herts League Division Two until Desai dug in with an unbeaten 73.

His well-timed innings dragged Hatfield from the depths of 22-4 to a battling 142-9 against a lively Northchurch attack.

Northchurch had earlier elected to bat first and took full advantage of a flat track at Ascots Lane.

Hatfield's opening bowlers toiled in the sun and it wasn't until the score had reached 66 before they made a breakthrough via Steve Brame.

Desai bowled another long spell of left-arm spin but bat dominated ball and Northchurch posted a challenging total.

Hatfield claimed three quick wickets late on but the declaration was made at 215-5 with Desai the pick of the attack with 3-48.

Hatfield's reply didn't get off to the best of starts with Keven Whitehead adjudged lbw for the second week running.

Fellow opener Chris Read was caught shortly after.

Two more wickets fell and at 22-4 the home side were in desperate trouble.

Barry Phillips and Desai then dug in and made good progress.

The pair put on a fine partnership and saw off the opening bowlers with aplomb.

Phillips looked in fine fettle and reached 40 before playing on at 76-5.

Desai was joined at the crease by Brame, who played some fine strokes before being caught behind.

Ben Golder followed shortly after and the visitors were suddenly into the tail.

Desai realised that a draw was the best Hatfield could hope for and made sure they achieved that with some intelligent batting.

Veteran Mick Debenham saw out the last couple of overs with his skipper as the home side closed on 142-9.


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