Datchworth start league campaign in miserable fashion

PUBLISHED: 14:11 14 May 2019 | UPDATED: 14:11 14 May 2019

Skipper Steve Gregory and his Datchworth team suffered a miserable start to the 2019 Herts Cricket League season. Picture: DANNY LOO

Skipper Steve Gregory and his Datchworth team suffered a miserable start to the 2019 Herts Cricket League season. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Saturday was a day to forget for Datchworth's first-team as they got 'that game' out of the way in the first week.

They had won the toss and elected to bat against Dunstable but it was soon apparent that the day would belong to the bowlers on a troublesome pitch.

Skipper Steve Gregory was caught behind on the first ball and Tom Vits was bowled straight after which set the tone for the innings.

At 10-7 five of the top seven had been and gone without troubling the scorers and it took number nine Nitin Sahni's to salvage some kind of total.

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However, he was left on 14 not out as Datchworth were blown away for 26 inside 15 overs.

Joe Thorne came away with seven wickets for less than half of Datchworth's measly total.

In reply, Dunstable found themselves 12-4 as Steve Stroomer (3-8) got to grips with the conditions, but they managed to limp home by six wickets.

The newly-promoted seconds had better fortune, beating Weston by 61 runs on another pudding of a pitch.

Martin Atkinson's 57 at the bottom of the order got the villagers to 177 and Steve Nash's 3-7 saw Weston bowled out for 116.

The thirds also had a comfortable win against Potters Bar IV by 39 runs, Gary Hitch top-scoring on 61, but the fourths lost to Tewin by nine wickets.

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