Datchworth return to winning ways against Haberdashers

PUBLISHED: 18:37 05 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:24 26 October 2009

Saracens Herts League Division Five Old Haberdashers 171-5 Datchworth 175-3 DATCHWORTH got back to winning ways in emphatic style on Saturday with a seven-wicket victory over Old Haberdashers. The win also rekindled Datchworth s promotion hopes in Sarace

Saracens Herts League Division Five

Old Haberdashers 171-5 Datchworth 175-3

DATCHWORTH got back to winning ways in emphatic style on Saturday with a seven-wicket victory over Old Haberdashers.

The win also rekindled Datchworth's promotion hopes in Saracens Herts League Division Five with the village club moving up to seventh.

They are now only 20 points adrift of the top four.

Despite missing three key bowlers due to injury, Datchworth restricted the visitors to 171-5 from their 48 overs.

The Haberdashers innings was reduced by five overs due to a stoppage for rain.

Habs looked on course for a 200 plus total whilst the prolific Akash Cristian was at the crease.

He was eventually caught by Nick Webb off the bowling of Matt Budd for a cultured 82.

Despite wickets in hand, the other batsmen were unable to get after some intelligent bowling from Steve Groves and Budd and the innings ended on 171-5.

Steve Stroomer had earlier bowled with his usual nagging accuracy to concede just 28 runs from 13 overs.

A rejuvenated Chris Brown, recalled to the side following his splendid century for the 2nds the previous week, led the Datchworth reply with aplomb with the in-form Luke Bennett.

The openers cruised to 100 without loss in just 17 overs with both batsmen striking the ball cleanly.

Brown was joined by Darren Croucher when Bennett was bowled by Nasir for 39 after hitting six fours and one six with the score on 104.

They lifted the total to 142 before Brown was trapped lbw after smashing six fours and four sixes in scoring 73 in just 77 balls.

Croucher (23) and Steve Groves almost saw Datchworth home before Groves was bowled for 10 trying in vain to entertain the crowd, thereby allowing Nick Webb his customary not out innings.

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