Hatfield off to a losing start

PUBLISHED: 12:49 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:21 26 October 2009

Saracens Herts League Division Two Old Finchleians 161-9 Hatfield 97-10 PROMOTED Hatfield started their Herts Division Two campaign with a 64-run defeat at the hands of Barnet-based Old Finchleians on Saturday. New Hatfield skipper Darshan Desai won the

Saracens Herts League Division Two

Old Finchleians 161-9 Hatfield 97-10

PROMOTED Hatfield started their Herts Division Two campaign with a 64-run defeat at the hands of Barnet-based Old Finchleians on Saturday.

New Hatfield skipper Darshan Desai won the toss and elected to field first.

Ian Golder made the first Hatfield breakthrough by having Wynne-Jones caught behind with the score on 11.

The Old Boys lost their second wicket with the total at 32, again to Golder.

Skipper Desai brought himself into the attack and soon found extensive turn.

Finchleians flayed a few boundaries but wickets still tumbled and at 86-5 Hatfield looked to be able to bowl the home side out for less than 120.

Gareth Wynne bowled a teasing spell but Depala struck some mighty blows to keep the home side ticking along.

It was the tail that wagged somewhat, changing the match with Depala hitting a fine 46 not out.

Kunal Shah took 2-8 late on to halt the innings at 161-9.

Desai ended a marathon spell to claim 3-49 from his 20 overs for last season's Division Three runners-up.

Hatfield openers Keven Whitehead and Ben Golder had a first wicket partnership of 22 before Whitehead was adjudged lbw.

Golder was then given out leg before himself and suddenly Hatfield were on the rails.

At 23-4, with Dave Hughes and Desai in the hutch, Hatfield were in disarray.

The damage was done was by another Depala, the older brother of the batsman who had earlier changed the game.

His seaming medium pace did for most of the top order and despite Ian Golder smashing some quick runs, Hatfield were up against it at 41-6.

Steve Brame played an accomplished innings to craft a fine 30 runs to give the Ascots Lane club an outside chance but he was also adjudged lbw to Depala.

Hatfield then attempted to save the game but Gareth Wynne fell with the score on 97.

For Old Finchleians, Depala finished with excellent figures of 7-44.


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