Datchworth slump to defeat at Baldock

PUBLISHED: 16:58 29 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:02 26 October 2009

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Saracens Herts League Division Five Datchworth 108-10 Baldock 109-4 DATCHWORTH lost a low-scoring derby against Baldock on Saturday. The villagers were skittled for just 108 at Avenue Park and Baldock knocked off the runs for the loss of four wickets to

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Saracens Herts League Division Five

Datchworth 108-10 Baldock 109-4

DATCHWORTH lost a low-scoring derby against Baldock on Saturday.

Baldock v Datchworth

The villagers were skittled for just 108 at Avenue Park and Baldock knocked off the runs for the loss of four wickets to stay in the promotion chase.

Having won the toss, Datchworth elected to bat first and soon lost Luke Bennett, bowled by Matt Ayre for four in a fiery opening spell.

Despite a good response from Chris Brown and Darren Croucher, Datchworth lost eight wickets for just 49 runs as they collapsed to 108.

Brown was his usual aggressive self, punishing anything full with some booming straight drives in a hard-hit 37 before being removed by Alistair Jones.

Baldock v Datchworth

Croucher and Chris Gordon (13) then patiently accumulated runs before both were out in quick succession straight after the drinks break.

Tim Dean bowled Croucher for 21 and Datchworth's innings then subsided.

Steve Stroomer was the last recognised batsman to fall for only 10, and the tail-enders for once failed to rescue the side as they have done so well this season.

Jones took a rather flattering 8-40 from 18 overs for the hosts.

Both Ayre and Dean took a wicket apiece but bowled with little luck.

Baldock batted steadily in reply, with the Datchworth bowlers making runs hard to come by.

The home side's response was 35-3 before skipper Rob Cant scored an important 22.

Steve Stroomer took 2-41 for Datchworth, whilst Steve Nash, who claimed 1-20 from 13, kept it tight.

However, Julian Muir took a shine to John Wells (1-23) and Matt Budd (0-20) as Baldock reached the target for the loss of four wickets.

Muir finished unbeaten on 30 and Ranjit Rayat scored 28 not out as Baldock got home with six wickets in hand.

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