Hatfield Hyde lose out at Abbots Langley

PUBLISHED: 16:28 02 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:28 02 July 2013

James King bats for Hatfield Hyde

James King bats for Hatfield Hyde

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HATFIELD Hyde are still chasing a first win of the league season after being beaten at home by Abbots Langley on Saturday.

Having been adversely affected by the weather in the previous two fixtures, Hyde’s new opening pair relished the opportunity to spend some time in the middle.

They got off to a great start bringing up their half century partnership in no time at all.

James King, newly promoted from the 2nds, was looking at his fluent best and was unlucky to have been adjudged caught behind for 30, in fact brushing his pad with the edge of his bat.

Eddie Mills and Kevin Gray were dismissed in quick succession, falling victim to the superb fast bowling spell from Abbots Langley’s overseas import.

Thushara joined Jonathan Russell to rebuild and together they brought up Hyde’s century before the drinks break.

Soon after, however, Russell was tempted by Langley’s wily slow bowler and he failed to use his feet in any meaningful way and was caught out for 46.

Thushara departed in a similar fashion soon after for 40 and Hyde lost their remaining five wickets for 20 runs, posting a modest 145.

Abbots Langley’s response was kept in check with some good tight early bowling from Tushara and Saim Rajput.

However, Hyde failed to capitalise on an early wicket and never really looked like defending a low total on a very good wicket in near perfect conditions.

Andy Godbold bowled some good lines but was largely unthreatening and despite being backed up by a good display in the field, Ben Tobin was equally unable to make a breakthrough.

A late run out restored some hope for the hosts, but their visitors eventually triumphed with eight wickets and the best part of 20 overs in hand.

Hyde are languishing at the wrong end of the table at the midpoint in the season, being propped up only by bottom side North Mymms 2nds .

On Saturday Hyde travel away to Eversholt.

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