Gallery: Ryan is King for Hyde
PUBLISHED: 13:03 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:54 26 October 2009
Saracens Herts League Division Five Hatfield Hyde 136-10 West Herts 2nds 119-10 RYAN King picked up where he had left off at the end of last season as promoted Hatfield Hyde made a winning start to their Herts Division Four campaign on Saturday. King s
Saracens Herts League Division Five
Hatfield Hyde 136-10 West Herts 2nds 119-10
RYAN King picked up where he had left off at the end of last season as promoted Hatfield Hyde made a winning start to their Herts Division Four campaign on Saturday.
King scored a half century and claimed a five-wicket haul as last year's Division Five champions beat West Herts' 2nd XI.
Despite being bowled out for a disappointing 136, Hyde managed to skittle their visitors for 119 to open the season with a 17-run win.
After a lot of rain in the week, the KGV wicket was still damp and runs were always going to be hard to come by on a slow track.
The visitors won the toss and had no hesitation in asking Hyde to bat first. Although missing three key players, Hyde still thought they had enough strength in depth to force a result.
They made a decent start in the first few overs with home skipper Barry Griffith and Jamie Carr getting settled.
However, the opposition quickly introduced their spinner into the attack and the runs dried up.
Hyde lost their first wicket on 24 as Griffith was adjudged lbw for nine.
Shujaat Rajput joined Carr at the crease but the slow wicket meant the runs still did not flow.
Rajput edged behind for five as Hyde fell to 36-2.
King instantly looked to get the scoreboard moving, hitting a four followed by a mammoth six.
This made the West Herts skipper think and the visitors immediately went on the defensive, posting fielders on the boundary to stem the flow of runs.
A frustrating but massively important partnership between King and Carr followed.
The pair added 58 before opener Carr was hit on the back leg sweeping and was out lbw for a well-made 39.
Prab Singh gave King some back up and the score moved onto 122-3 before Singh fell for 11, sparking a calamitous period for the home side.
King was finally out for 59, caught on the boundary as he tried to clear the ropes.
The middle and lower order completely capitulated and Hyde went from 122-3 to 136 all out in just a few overs.
Despite the collapse, Hyde knew that they had a score that wouldn't be easy to overhaul on a tough early-season wicket.
They got off to the perfect start as Malik Hussain, playing his first game for the club, picked up a wicket in his opening over thanks to a catch at gully from Carr.
The second wicket for the visitors provided strong resistance and they moved the score onto 40 before King picked up the all-important breakthrough.
When he bowled the opposition skipper to leave West Herts 58-3, the game was finely balanced.
King did it again an over later, picking up a caught and bowled as the visitors stuttered.
Mark Catterick had been bowling brilliantly with no luck at the other end.
He was beating the bat regularly and it seemed like it was just not going to be his day until he got a deserved wicket, trapping a batsman lbw.
It was a case of London buses for Catterick as two balls later in the same over he picked up his second wicket as the visitors stumbled to 70-6.
This was quite a turnaround but there was still plenty of drama to come.
King picked up his fourth wicket of the innings to peg the visitors back to 86-7, but all the while Dalrey was the dangerman.
He had more than ridden his luck throughout the innings, but his positive approach meant the visitors were always in with a chance of victory while he was at the crease.
King snapped up his fifth wicket to leave the Stags 88-8, completing the fifth duck of the innings for the visitors.
With victory in sight, Hyde then had two crazy overs and nearly threw the game away.
Hyde managed to drop Dalrey three times in five balls as he tried to smash his way to victory.
Coupled with several misfields, Hyde looked like they were self-destructing but Catterick got them out of jail by bowling the West Herts dangerman for 56.
The visitors were all out for 119 with Hussain finishing with impressive figures of 2-11 from 7.1 overs on his debut.
However, it was Catterick and King who earned the plaudits.
Catterick took 3-37 from 12 overs and King 5-43 from 11 and both deserved their wickets.
King also managed to take a wicket from a no-ball twice in the match, including the dangerous Dalrey early in his innings. Thankfully for the home side, this did not prove too costly in the end.
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