Hatfield Hyde fall to narrow defeat
PUBLISHED: 16:41 14 May 2013 | UPDATED: 16:41 14 May 2013
IN A battle of the promoted sides in Division Three of the Saracens Herts League this season, Hatfield Hyde slipped to a three-run defeat against Waltham X Rosedale.
On an overcast day, with intermittent heavy showers forecast, Waltham Cross Rosedale won the toss and batted first.
They got off to a flying start, furthered in part by three dropped catches in the opening overs, all off the bowling of the unlucky Godbold.
Hatfield Hyde pulled it back with some patient and canny bowling on a pitch that offered movement to all bowlers and restricted their opposition to 148, bowling them out inside 41 overs.
Humail bowled intelligently throughout, picking up four wickets; Rajput bowled a superb, tight opening spell; and Carr and Rehman followed up their success in the last week by knocking over the tail.
In response, the top order struggled to deal with the slope and metronomically accurate bowling as Hatfield Hyde faltered to 40-4.
Thushara fought back well then Russell and Godbold steadied the ship before in consecutive balls as Hyde drifted to 90-9.
Batting for the first time this season, the final pair of Humail and Rajput did brilliantly to reduce the deficit to single figures but fell at the final hurdle when the target was just one scoring shot away.
Waltham Cross Rosedale won by three runs and move to the top of the table; and while there were many positives for a young Hatfield Hyde side, they are still chasing their first league win of the season.
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