Depleted Hatfield slump to defeat against bottom club Abbots Langley

PUBLISHED: 16:17 25 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:38 26 October 2009

Hatfield captain Darshan Desai

Hatfield captain Darshan Desai

Saracens Herts League Division Two Abbots Langley 187-9 Hatfield 86-10 A SERIOUSLY depleted Hatfield side lost to bottom club Abbots Langley on Saturday. The Ascots Lane side travelled to Abbots for a crucial Saracens Hertfordshire League Division Two ma

Saracens Herts League Division Two

Abbots Langley 187-9 Hatfield 86-10

A SERIOUSLY depleted Hatfield side lost to bottom club Abbots Langley on Saturday.

The Ascots Lane side travelled to Abbots for a crucial Saracens Hertfordshire League Division Two match missing five regular first team players and suffered a crushing 101-run defeat.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first.

Opening bowlers Ian Golder and Bill Bigley restricted the Abbots' batsmen to just 22 runs from the first 10 overs.

However, the batsmen took a liking to change bowler Steve Brame, hitting 21 runs off three overs before Brame had Warner lbw for 22 with the score at 50.

Smith kept up the attack on the new bowlers with Golder taken out of the attack after eight overs for 16 runs.

They took a particular liking to Gareth Wynne's bowling, hitting 27 runs from his first four overs as the total passed 100 in the 24th over.

It was the introduction of Lewis Wynne that brought the next wicket of Chellow for 33.

The third wicket came in the 37th over and fell to Paul Ward, who had just replaced skipper Darshan Desai.

Abbots kept making steady progress to 170 before losing two wickets in quick succession to a couple of run outs.

The dismissal of opener Smith for 78 runs by Mrunal Desai came four runs later.

Skipper Darshan Desai then took two dismissals and Mrunal Desai held a stunning caught and bowled as Abbots Langley closed their innings at 187-9.

Hatfield's run chase got off to a disastrous start with Ben Golder being bowled by Watson in the first over for one.

Chris Reid was also bowled by Watson for seven with the score on 19.

Just two runs later Keven Whitehead was bowled by Nightingale for five and Hatfield were 21-3 after 10 overs.

Things didn't get any better as four overs later Hatfield lost skipper Desai lbw for 10 and Ian Golder was caught without scoring.

The Ascots Lane club then slumped to 86 all out.

Five overs after Golder's dismissal it was 46-6 with Steve Brame trapped lbw for seven.

Bill Bigley gave Hatfield some relief but when he was caught for 20 in the 24th over to make it 67-7, it was all over for Hatfield.

The tail, shepherded by Lewis Wynne, who scored 12, took the total to 86 before Hatfield were all out for a crushing 101-run defeat.

Abbots Langley's Watson took 4-26 and Nightingale 3-7.

The defeat leaves struggling Hatfield second from bottom and 23 points from safety with games fast running out.

* Hatfield's Sunday match was rained off.

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