Gallery & Slideshow: Big derby win for promoted Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 13:53 18 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 26 October 2009

Action from the match

Action from the match

Saracens Herts League Division Two Hatfield 174-9 WGC 2nds 113-10 HATFIELD kick-started their cricket season with a fine 61-run win over near neighbours WGC 2nds on Saturday. Teenagers Chris Reid and Billy Bigley were the Ascots Lane club s heroes on the

WGC players celebrate the dismissal of Hatfield batsman Keven Whitehead

Saracens Herts League Division Two

Hatfield 174-9 WGC 2nds 113-10

HATFIELD kick-started their cricket season with a fine 61-run win over near neighbours WGC 2nds on Saturday.

Teenagers Chris Reid and Billy Bigley were the Ascots Lane club's heroes on the day.

They turned the Saracens Herts League Division Two derby Hatfield's way at the right time with bat and ball.

Hatfield batted first on a damp afternoon at Ascots Lane and found themselves in trouble when opener Heath Bond was bowled in the first over for six.

Keven Whitehead fell shortly after and at 27-2 the home side were struggling against the WGC seamers.

However, 17-year-old Reid showed great maturity in taking the game to the bowlers and made them pay for any misdirection in line and length.

The in-form Ben Golder supported his batting partner as Hatfield made their way to 89 before falling for a tidy 18 runs.

Reid hit the second Herts League half-century of his blossoming career before departing shortly after for 53.

Hatfield then found themselves in a spot of bother at 122-6.

But the stonewall Barry Phillips made sure the hosts posted a respectable total by mixing patient defence with some fine strokeplay.

Phillips shepherded the tail as Hatfield reached 174-9 from their 53 overs. Phillips finished on 38 not out.

The visitors from Digswell Park got off to a slow start in reply with the miserly Ian Golder giving nothing away on a sticky surface.

He made the initial breakthrough with the score on 18.

However, the real fireworks were supplied by 15-year-old Billy Bigley, who showed some fine pace to blow away the top order.

An experienced batting line-up had no answer to Bigley, who rattled his way through the Welwyn batting.

Suddenly Hatfield smelt victory as their opponents collapsed to 31-5.

Golder completed his spell with 1-17 from 10 overs.

WGC then found an unlikely saviour in seam bowler Stainsby, who took a liking to the Hatfield change bowlers by hitting a brisk 44.

Off-spinner David Hughes snapped up his first wicket for the club thanks to a sharp catch from the evergreen Mick Debenham.

Hughes took 2-19 from his short spell as newly-promoted Hatfield headed towards a much-needed win.

The returning Billy Bigley picked up another victim to record excellent figures of 5-42.

It was left to Steve Brame to take the last wicket as WGC 2nds were bowled out for 113.


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