Gallery: Hatfield tame Middlesex Tamils

PUBLISHED: 13:37 27 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:23 26 October 2009

Hatfield against Middlesex Tamils

Hatfield against Middlesex Tamils

Middlesex Tamils 162 Hatfield 163-6 HATFIELD batsman Darshan Desai hit a brilliant 80 not out as his side claimed a fine seven-wicket friendly win over Middlesex Tamils on Saturday. Desai brought his excellent form from 2008 into the new season and looke

Hatfield batsman Darshan Desai

Middlesex Tamils 162 Hatfield 163-6

HATFIELD batsman Darshan Desai hit a brilliant 80 not out as his side claimed a fine seven-wicket friendly win over Middlesex Tamils on Saturday.

Desai brought his excellent form from 2008 into the new season and looked in great touch from the very first ball of his innings.

The opposition had earlier won the toss and decided to take advantage of a pacy track at Ascots Lane.

The Tamils opening pair set off at a really tremendous rate.

From the start the pair hit a flurry of boundaries to take the score to 45 after just six overs.

New Hatfield opening bowler Chintan Patel looked lively but suffered as the ball came nicely onto the bat.

It was not until change bowlers Desai and Steve Brame, who went on to claim 3-12, were introduced into the attack that Hatfield make their breakthrough.

Both claimed wickets to slow down the run rate and put Hatfield back into the game.

Brame bowled an excellent spell to claim three victims, but the Tamils continued to put bat to ball and the runs flowed at fare rate.

At 120-5, Andy Foster was brought onto bowl and claimed two wickets for just one run leaving Hatfield in charge of the game.

The final pair put on a stand of 28 runs to take the visiting Tamils score to 162 all out.

Sean Edge took the last wicket.

Hatfield's innings got off to a poor start.

Andy Ashley-Smith played on in the second and Keven Whitehead was run out for a duck.

The bowling was wayward to start and Hatfield had 10 runs on the board without a run off the bat!

Barry Phillps and Desai repaired the early damage picking and choosing their runs carefully.

Desai started to find the middle of the bat and took advantage whilst the field was in.

The pair took the score to 65 before Phillips was caught behind for 18.

Ian Golder joined Desai at the crease.

He began to take advantage of the Tamils second string bowling.

The quality of the wicket began to show.

Both batsmen were able to play their shots in a sparkling stand.

Golder was particularly bruising on the seam bowlers and hit 40 runs before being caught.

By this time the game was all but over.

It was left to Steve Brame to hit the winning runs.

Desai had dominated the Hatfield score and finished on a fine 80 not out.

HATFIELD begin their Saracens Herts Division Three campaign on Saturday.

They start the league season by facing rivals North Mymms 2nds away.


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