Gallery: Hyde toss away golden opportunity against Hertford

PUBLISHED: 14:36 30 June 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 26 October 2009

Shujaat Rajput bowling for Hyde against Hertford 2nds

Shujaat Rajput bowling for Hyde against Hertford 2nds

Saracens Herts League Division Four Hertford 2nds 159-9 Hatfield Hyde 148-10 HATFIELD Hyde tossed away a golden opportunity to gain ground on the promotion chasers at King George V on Saturday. Hyde let a great position slip against Hertford 2nds in a s

Hyde claim another Hertford wicket

Saracens Herts League Division Four

Hertford 2nds 159-9 Hatfield Hyde 148-10

HATFIELD Hyde tossed away a golden opportunity to gain ground on the promotion chasers at King George V on Saturday.

Hyde's players celebrate the fall of a wicket

Hyde let a great position slip against Hertford 2nds in a sloppy 15-over period and subsequently lost the match by 11 runs.

Barry Griffith's men went into the Saracens Herts League Division Four game on the back of two draws against teams at the top that could so easily have been victories.

They had high hopes against fourth-placed Hertford on Saturday but were missing key player Ryan King and also lost opening bowler Malik Hussain on the eve of the match.

This resulted in them fielding two 16-year-olds in Saim Rajput and Ahmed Mahmood, who was playing his first game for the WGC club.

Ben Tobin bowling for Hatfield Hyde

Skipper Griffith won the toss and knowing the difficult batting track at home asked the visitors to bat first.

Ben Tobin opened the bowling with the young Rajput.

Tobin bowled with consistency and began to pick up regular wickets.

Young Rajput was replaced at the other end by his father, Shujaat, and he almost got a wicket with his first ball as a snick behind went down.

Hyde still put themselves in a strong position as Hertford wickets continued to fall to Tobin.

And when he caught off his own bowling to take his fifth wicket of the match, the visitors had crumbled to 91-8.

However, Hyde then allowed a partnership to develop and could not find a breakthrough.

The remaining Balls Park players all batted very well in tough conditions but the sloppiness of the performance from Hyde allowed Hertford to build two match-winning partnerships.

As chances went down and several misfields gave free runs, Griffith turned to his other young bowler, debutant Mahmood, to replace Rajput (2-20) and he struck instantly by getting a wicket in his first over.

At 125-9, Hyde knew they now had to wrap things up as chasing any more than 140 on the wicket would be testing.

Once again chances went down and Hyde allowed the two young tailenders to keep their wickets and then have a dash in the last two overs.

The visitors managed to get their total up to 159-9 from their 53 overs.

Tobin was the star of the show with 5-58 from 18 overs but Hyde left the field disappointed at letting a strong position slip.

In reply, it was important to get a good partnership going, but Hyde lost wickets at key times and this was to prove their downfall.

Kev Gray and Jamie Carr started well enough before the latter was bowled by a full toss.

Matt Maskell joined Gray at the crease and looked in good form as the score moved to 40-1 before the new batsman was unlucky to be adjudged lbw for 12.

Girish Chavda and Gray then began to build a partnership before Chavda was caught at mid-off.

Skipper Griffith was next in and yet again a partnership was developing when Gray was bowled off his pads for 28.

Ben Tobin joined his captain at the crease and the pair moved the score on to 85-4 before Griffith was bowled from the last ball before drinks.

It was a crucial moment to lose a wicket and put the visitors in the ascendancy.

Shujaat Rajput and Tobin shared a mini-partnership before Tobin chipped one to cover for 24 and Hyde were in trouble again.

Prab Singh, Mahmood and Mark Catterick all came and went and it was left to the Rajput family to try and win the match.

Singh had started to look good before he got a tough delivery and was caught at slip.

Hyde still needed 40 runs at that point with wickets fast running out.

Young Mahmood tried to play his shots but he was then caught as the visitors smelt victory.

Catterick joined Rajput but he didn't last long either as Hyde were still just under 30 runs short of victory.

Saim Rajput batted very well to partner dad Shujaat and the pair took the score to 148 before Rajput junior was caught at slip. Shujaat Rajput ended unbeaten on 15.

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