Hatfield lose by nine wickets to Leverstock Green

PUBLISHED: 17:46 17 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:09 26 October 2009

Saracens Herts League Division Two Hatfield 243-10 Leverstock Green 244-1 HATFIELD rattled up a healthy 243 runs on Saturday and still lost by nine wickets. The Ascots Lane club piled on the runs against Leverstock Green in their latest Saracens Herts

Saracens Herts League Division Two

Hatfield 243-10 Leverstock Green 244-1

HATFIELD rattled up a healthy 243 runs on Saturday and still lost by nine wickets.

The Ascots Lane club piled on the runs against Leverstock Green in their latest Saracens Herts League Division Two match.

But the visitors failed to match their batting with their bowling and fielding and were ultimately well beaten.

Put into bat at Leverstock, Hatfield were in real trouble early on when opener Chris Reid was caught pulling to deep fine leg and Ben Golder followed shortly after, leaving them struggling at 6-2.

Darshan Desai and Dave Hughes did their best to pull the innings back together with a useful partnership for the third wicket.

Hughes fell lbw with the score on 54, but it was skipper Desai who took the game to the home side bowlers with some sparkling shots all round the park.

Captain Desai was particularly aggressive against the prolific Brad Klosterman, who failed to spark into life on his favoured bowling track.

Barry Phillips fell for a duck and Desai, despite hitting a superb half century, was stumped with the score on 83.

Ian Golder and Heath Bond then put together an excellent middle order partnership to boost the Hatfield total. Bond, who had been out of touch with the bat, punished some loose bowling from the Leverstock change bowlers.

Golder supported Bond in typically belligerent fashion and the duo scored effortlessly to take Hatfield to 151-6.

Bond reached his first Herts League 50 for over a year with some fine strokeplay before he fell for a superb 52.

Andy Ashley-Smith and Mark Golder then joined forces to keep the run rate going and ensure that Hatfield were able to continue their early momentum.

Both looked in good touch and Hatfield passed the 200 mark with some ease. Ashley-Smith fell for a fine 38, whilst Golder hit 29 to maintain his recent run of form as Hatfield managed to score an excellent 243 all out.

In reply, Hatfield knew they had to make the most of any chances that came their way.

Skipper Desai made the initial breakthrough to bowl the Leverstock opening bat with the score on 32.

Hatfield then had an early chance to take a second wicket when Aussie Brent Mullet was dropped before he had score.

This proved to be a costly mistake.

Mullet and skipper Dave Tyson then realised that the wicket was as good as it looked and decided to take the attack to the Hatfield bowlers.

Tyson smashed some quick boundaries and Desai quickly had to make bowling changes to stem the flow of runs.

This proved to be fairly fruitless as the change bowlers were taken to task and Tyson in particular had decided that the run chase was very much on.

Despite his scratchy start, Mullet supported his captain and became the dominating partner as the game went on.

Tyson showed just how much he has improved over the years with the bat to smash a superb ton.

Mullet mixed sound defence with some belligerent hitting to crack a 100 for himself.

Hatfield failed to take another wicket as the home side reached the required 244 with six overs remaining.

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