Hatfield Hyde’s Chavandura and Tobin star with the ball

PUBLISHED: 16:17 22 August 2013

Jamie Carr bats for Hatfield Hyde

Jamie Carr bats for Hatfield Hyde


COURAGE Chavandura and Ben Tobin took four wickets each to help Hatfield Hyde take a step towards survival in Division Three with a 33-run victory over Harpenden 2nds.

On a cold and blustery August afternoon at The King George V ground Hyde were put into bat by Harpenden.

Kevin Gray and Jamie Carr opened up for Hyde on a surface that would clearly favour the bowlers rather than the batters.

Gray was first to go lbw with the score on 15 before Jonathan Russell joined Carr at the crease and the pair batted with good intent and purpose in a stand of 50 before Carr holed out to mid-off.

Shivanka Thushara Rupasinghe joined Russell at the crease and his partner was batting nicely until a ball stopped on the wicket and he was caught for 41.

A collapse ensued and Hyde were all out for 126 with Russell top scoring on 41.

A bowler short and with a low total on the board it looked an uphill battle for Hyde in what was a crucial game.

Andrew Godbold opened the bowling and went 10 in his first over initially relieving pressure on the chase for the opposition.

Rupasinghe applied good control from the other end and in tandem with Godbold really tightened the runs and put a lot of pressure on the opposition chase resulting in Godbold taking a smart caught and bowled to remove the opposition opener.

From that point Hyde were really in control. Tobin came on at the bottom end and results followed almost immediately when he bowled the opener with Harpenden 20-2.

Godbold then took another wicket in what was a fantastic opening spell of 2-13 off his seven overs.

Chavandura took over at the top end and Harpenden went from 32-3 to 38-8 - Chavandura bowling a triple wicket maiden and almost snaffling a hat-trick.

Tobin then took another scalp resulting in Harpenden being 39-9 and the game looked done.

However, some sensible batting and shepherding of strike meant Harpenden crept up to 93-9 before Tobin took the final wicket lbw.

Key bowling figures were Godbold 2-13 off seven overs, Chavandura 4-36 off nine and Tobin 4-28 off 12. But Chavandura was the star of the show.

The result leaves Hyde two places, and 40 points, above the relegation zone with three games of the season remaining.

On Saturday, Hyde travel to Stevenage 2nds.

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