Hatfield Hyde second-string pick up a big win away to Letchworth

PUBLISHED: 16:30 07 June 2018

Sashi Fernando, along with Dan Whitton, got Hatfield Hyde seconds off to a great start at Letchworth. Picture: Danny Loo

Sashi Fernando, along with Dan Whitton, got Hatfield Hyde seconds off to a great start at Letchworth. Picture: Danny Loo

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Hatfield Hyde Cricket Club's second team travelled to Letchworth and returned with a big 152-run success.

Sashi Fernando, along with Dan Whitton, got Hatfield Hyde seconds off to a great start at Letchworth. Picture: Danny LooSashi Fernando, along with Dan Whitton, got Hatfield Hyde seconds off to a great start at Letchworth. Picture: Danny Loo

Captain Colin Luke lost the toss and Hyde were asked to bat but the visitors got off to a flyer as Dan Whitton and Sashi Fernando put on 74 for the first wicket before the latter fell in the 11th over.

Letchworth tightened up following that scalp and took wickets at regular intervals but despite this Whitton continued to dominate.

With the help of Luke, he put on a final-wicket partnership of 49 before the skipper was out for 20, leaving Whitton unbeaten, but six short of his century, and Hyde on 211-9.

In contrast the hosts’ reply was in trouble from the off with Towfiq Mannan striking in the first over and Tom Whitton in the second.

Adam Boland came in and took two wickets but the star bowler was Kapila Samarakoon with 5-13.

There was no luck for the first team though as they lost to Knebworth Park 2nds.

The derby between Hatfield Hyde thirds and Welwyn Garden City 5ths is always an eagerly anticipated contest – and this year’s game was as hotly contested as ever.

It brought a victory for Hatfield by six wickets after a superb showing by the bowlers.

Played at King George V, Hyde won the toss and elected to field and from the very first ball, it was evident it was swinging away with wicket keeper, Jamie Ralph having to dive for any off the edge.

Luke Wells opened the bowling with a maiden over and kept the momentum going with a partnership with James Thake.

He eventually took an incredible 5-7 off his eight overs, Thake chipping in with 3-22, as WGC were all out for 58.

And although a wicket fell quickly in the reply, Hyde recovered despite the excellent fielding from the young WGC side.

Wells and Thake got back in tandem to steer Hyde over the line in what was an excellent win but a great indication of the upcoming talent in junior cricket within the borough from both teams.

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