Datchworth grab first league victory

PUBLISHED: 18:46 20 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:12 26 October 2009

Saracens Herts League Division Five Bayford & Hertford 171-10 Datchworth 171-5 DATCHWORTH kick-started their season with a five-wicket home win against Bayford & Hertford in Division Five of the Saracens Herts League on Saturday. The visitors opted to ba

Saracens Herts League Division Five

Bayford & Hertford 171-10 Datchworth 171-5

DATCHWORTH kick-started their season with a five-wicket home win against Bayford & Hertford in Division Five of the Saracens Herts League on Saturday.

The visitors opted to bat first on a wicket that remained firm despite the showers prior to and during the match.

After the early loss of J Hogg, bowled by Steve Bottomley for five, Wilson (63) and Burgess (34) made good progress against the pace of Bottomley, swing from Matt Akers and accuracy of Steve Stroomer.

Bayford were helped yet again by Datchworth's inability to take their catches.

The introduction of left-arm seamer Matt Budd led to a collapse and the innings slumped to 136-7 as none of the batsmen coped with his excellent line and length.

Skipper John Wells also bowled tightly, although his figures were spoilt by a couple of lusty blows from R Hogg (16).

Kaushal (30) batted sensibly to recover the situation before the late introduction of slow left-arm Steve Nash polished off the tail to leave Bayford & Hertford 171 all out.

Budd was rewarded for his fine spell with figures of 5-27 from 14 overs.

Datchworth's reply started disastrously as Budd ran himself out in the first over.

Darren Croucher and Chris Brown were both bowled soon after and the innings appeared in tatters at 4-3 after six overs.

A solid knock from Nick Webb and a more positive approach from Stroomer recovered the situation.

Stroomer was then bowled for 44 with the score on 72.

John Wells followed for one and the game swung in Bayford's favour.

Webb was joined by Steve Groves, who took the game to Bayford with a run-a-ball half century.

And with Webb also accelerating, they saw Datchworth home with five overs to spare.

Their 87 partnership came in 16 overs with Webb unbeaten on 61 and Groves 56.


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