Datchworth beaten with victory in sight

PUBLISHED: 16:29 08 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:24 26 October 2009

Saracens Herts Cricket League Division Five Northwood 2nds 135-10 Datchworth 122-10 DATCHWORTH S Herts League season got off to a losing start against Northwood 2nds on Saturday. Despite Matt Budd hitting 42 and Steve Nash claiming 4-28, Datchworth lost

Saracens Herts Cricket League Division Five

Northwood 2nds 135-10 Datchworth 122-10

DATCHWORTH'S Herts League season got off to a losing start against Northwood 2nds on Saturday.

Despite Matt Budd hitting 42 and Steve Nash claiming 4-28, Datchworth lost by 13 runs.

The village side had done well to bowl out their visitors for 135, but on the whole their batsmen failed to put their opponents to the sword.

Northwood elected to bat first on what was expected to be a slow wicket after the Friday showers.

With the ball not coming on, accurate bowling from Steve Stroomer (2-68), Matt Budd (1-17) and Steve Nash (4-28) saw the away side struggle to 135 all out from 51.5 overs, with Lewis top scoring with 27.

Datchworth started their chase badly, with new captain John Wells falling for just six in the second over.

With wickets falling, Datchworth were soon reeling at 56-4.

Budd dug in and ground out 42 before being bowled by Nandiraju.

Stroomer on 19 and Allan Carolan with 14 had looked comfortable, but were soon heading back to the pavilion.

The rest of the run chase was left to Rob Nash and Tom Bennett.

After Bennett fell cheaply, older brother Luke came and went for just one, so Nash was left protecting the tail.

Scott and Nash (15 no) put pressure on the fielders with some aggressive running, and the total was within their reach.

However, Scott was bowled and slow left-armer Steve Nash was deemed lbw with two overs remaining and Datchworth just 13 runs short of the winning line.


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