Hyde stumble against Ampthill mob

PUBLISHED: 17:55 10 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:26 26 October 2009

Shujaat Rajput bowling for Hatfield Hyde

Shujaat Rajput bowling for Hatfield Hyde

Saracens Herts League Division Four Ampthill Town 158-7 Hatfield Hyde 139-10 HATFIELD Hyde s inconsistency this season dogged them again on Saturday when they made the trip to Ampthill Town. Having followed up every Saracens Herts Division Four victory

Saracens Herts League Division Four

Ampthill Town 158-7 Hatfield Hyde 139-10

HATFIELD Hyde's inconsistency this season dogged them again on Saturday when they made the trip to Ampthill Town.

Having followed up every Saracens Herts Division Four victory this season with a defeat, Hyde were hoping to put that statistic right and continue to press the league leaders.

However, Hyde's batting demons returned and they were all out for 139 chasing Ampthill's modest 158-7 total.

It was another dismal performance with the bat by the King George V side and Hyde have still only managed to score more than 140 once this season.

Having lost the toss, Hyde were asked to bowl first and Ampthill made a promising start in the first few overs.

Hyde turned things round excellently. Ryan King made the breakthrough with the score on 23 and he soon picked up his second scalp to leave the home side 36-2.

Shujaat Rajput (1-29) replaced the unlucky Malik Hussain and took a wicket almost immediately.

Saim Rajput came on to bowl in tandem with his father and also picked up a wicket as the hosts slipped to 60-4.

Dropped catches were to prove costly for Hyde as the Ampthill captain escaped several times and he went on to score a valuable 57.

Rajput junior ended with excellent figures of 1-9 from six overs and he was replaced by Mohammad Khan (1-21).

Hyde continued to keep the runs to a minimum though, and King (3-49) and Hussain (1-39) returned at the end to pick up a wicket each as Hyde restricted their Bedfordshire opponents to 158-7 from their 53 overs.

This was a target that Hyde should have comfortably made, but with so many batsmen out of form it was key that the top order took some responsibility.

This was not the case, however, and Hyde's top order crumbled with no less than four batsmen getting out stumped.

Matt Maskell was first to go with the score on just three.

Things went from bad to worse as skipper Barry Griffith also fell stumped with the score on just 11.

Kev Gray and Jamie Carr looked to rebuild things and they had moved the score onto 44 before Carr was caught.

Malik Hussain was then promoted up the order to try and release some pressure by playing some big strokes and he did just that.

He hit his first ball for six and continued in that fashion.

Hussain cracked a very rapid 41 before being stumped. Hyde, though, were looking strong at 90-4.

That soon became 90-5 as Iain McCann fell. King joined Gray at the crease but it was then Gray who fell, stumped for 37 as Hyde collapsed to 94-7.

Shujaat Rajput was bowled as Hyde continued to shoot themselves in the foot. King was caught for 26 and Mohammad Khan joined Prab Singh with 25 still needed for victory.

Khan fell without scoring and Singh was the last man out for 15 as Hyde fell short on 139.

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