Hatfield skipper Desai's efforts in vain against Cockfosters

PUBLISHED: 15:39 21 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:25 26 October 2009

Hatfield skipper Darshan Desai bowling

Hatfield skipper Darshan Desai bowling

Saracens Herts League Division Two Hatfield 154-10 Cockfosters 155-3 A HALF-century from Hatfield skipper Darshan Desai proved to be in vain as his side slipped to a seven-wicket defeat to Cockfosters on Saturday. The defeat sees the Ascots Lane club loo

Darshan Desai

Saracens Herts League Division Two

Hatfield 154-10 Cockfosters 155-3

A HALF-century from Hatfield skipper Darshan Desai proved to be in vain as his side slipped to a seven-wicket defeat to Cockfosters on Saturday.

The defeat sees the Ascots Lane club looking like strong contenders to be relegated from Division Two of the Saracens Herts Cricket League, occupying second-bottom place.

Next week's match against similarly threatened Abbots Langley looks to be a huge fixture.

Hatfield's batting never really got going on Saturday after the loss of Barry Phillips to the second ball of the match.

Heath Bond fell shortly after and it took another prosaic effort from Keven Whitehead to dig them out of trouble.

Skipper Dashan Desai proved to be the epicentre of all his side's runs.

He and Whitehead slowly put together a decent looking partnership.

The duo took the score to a respectable 90-2 before the latter was dismissed for 28.

Desai completed another league half-century, eventually falling for 55 and the home side were bowled out for 154.

Hatfield struck early to have Fosters at 29-2 with Ian Golder and Desai taking a wicket apiece.

At 30-3, there was a real chance for Desai's men.

However, opener O'Leary had other ideas and started to work the ball into the gaps. He was joined by Potter, who played some handsome shots.

The pair started to dominate and despite the best efforts of Desai, runs started to come at two a penny.

Hatfield's score began to look well short of par as Cockfosters passed the century mark and no further wickets fell.

O'Leary showed what a prolific batter he is and hit a fine unbeaten 64 to lead Fosters to a seven-wicket success.

Desai was the pick of the attack with 2-32.

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