Gallery: Jekyll and Hyde show

PUBLISHED: 12:37 27 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:04 26 October 2009

Ryan King bowling for Hatfield Hyde

Ryan King bowling for Hatfield Hyde

Saracens Herts League Division Four Redbourn 174-10 Hatfield Hyde 71-10 IT was a case of Jekyll and Hyde at King George V on Saturday as the hosts crashed to a heavy defeat against unbeaten Redbourn. A depleted Hyde team missing six regulars slumped to

Hyde's players celebrate a fall of a Redbourn wicket

Saracens Herts League Division Four

Redbourn 174-10 Hatfield Hyde 71-10

IT was a case of Jekyll and Hyde at King George V on Saturday as the hosts crashed to a heavy defeat against unbeaten Redbourn.

A depleted Hyde team missing six regulars slumped to a 103-run defeat in the top-of-the-table Saracens Herts League Division Four clash.

Saturday's limp performance was in stark contrast to Hyde's excellent display the previous week.

They seemed to just roll over to the visitors and were all out for 71 chasing 175 to win.

Things were always going to be tough for the home side as they had half a dozen men missing, but skipper Barry Griffith was hoping that the players coming in would rise to the challenge.

Hyde entered the match without wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Maskell, opening bat Jamie Carr, all-rounders Ben Tobin, Mark Catterick and Rashid Ahmed and then lost batsman Simon Frost to illness on the eve of the game.

Griffith elected to bowl first on winning the toss in the hope of keeping the Redbourn total down.

The mood from the side seemed flat from the off, but opening bowlers Malik Hussain and Ryan King put in the effort.

King was rewarded with a wicket when the opener chopped onto his stumps with the score on 33.

One positive from the game was the 1st XI Herts League debut of 16-year-old Saim Rajput.

He replaced Hussain and got his first league wicket almost immediately thanks to a catch from Abi Waqas at point.

Rajput added to that a few overs later with Griffith holding a catch as Redbourn moved to 75-3.

Hyde then enjoyed a rare good period in the game. Shujaat Rajput came on to bowl in tandem with his debutant son.

Rajput senior bowled with good control from the off, picking up his first wicket.

Mohammad Khan replaced the young Rajput, who ended with superb figures of 2-6 from six overs.

Khan got in on the wickets as well, picking up a scalp thanks to a catch from King.

Shujaat Rajput picked up two more wickets to end with figures of 3-32 from 11 overs as the visitors crashed to 100-7.

Hyde looked on top but an eighth wicket partnership took the game away from them.

The Redbourn number nine chanced his arm, swinging through the line regularly and landing some hefty blows as the score moved to 164.

King returned and picked up a crucial wicket. He finished with 3-35 from 14 overs as Redbourn ended on 174 all out.

The KGV pitch has seen a marked improvement this season with a new company working on it, but the old demons returned and the bounce was uneven.

With that in mind, the target was more than Hyde should have allowed the opposition to get.

With a depleted side, it was important for the top four to get a good start.

However, Abi Waqas fell without scoring and captain Griffith departed for a duck soon after having been in good form in recent weeks.

Kevin Gray was then unlucky as he fell in bizarre fashion as the ball cannoned off the head of the wicketkeeper and into the hands of the fielder.

When King was caught, Hyde were toiling on 33-4. That soon became 38-5 as Shujaat Rajput was adjudged lbw.

It was a terrible performance from the top order on a tough track and the game was slipping away from them.

Iain McCann and Jonathan Russell tried to rebuild the innings, but Russell fell and McCann was caught soon after.

The only batsman to show any fight was tailender Malik Hussain, who decided the best form of defence was attack.

He followed the example of the first innings and swung through the line of the ball.

Hussain hit some lusty blows in his 20 but when he was caught Hyde were all out for a woeful 71.

It was by far the worst performance last season's Saracens Herts Division Five champions have put in for some time.


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