McCann scalps six as Hatfield Hyde 2nds draw with Northwood

PUBLISHED: 18:05 26 May 2009 | UPDATED: 22:19 26 October 2009

IAIN McCann was the star of the show on Saturday as he collected six wickets but Hatfield Hyde 2nds could only draw with Northwood 3rds. Eddie Mills lost the toss and the visitors decided to bat, they got away to a great start putting on 110 for the first

IAIN McCann was the star of the show on Saturday as he collected six wickets but Hatfield Hyde 2nds could only draw with Northwood 3rds.

Eddie Mills lost the toss and the visitors decided to bat, they got away to a great start putting on 110 for the first wicket.

Hyde's opening pair of Khan and Sheraz Zaman both bowled well and with any sort of luck would have picked up wickets as they tried to apply pressure.

With both having bowled tidy spells Mills turned to the experience of Iain McCann and the youth of Nathan Studholme to take up the attack.

Both kept things tight for long periods with McCann's accuracy and the spin and bounce of Studholme, but it wasn't until the score had reached 110 before the breakthrough came James Robbins took a stumping chance off McCann.

They didn't have to wait for too long before Robbins took another sharp stumping chance once again off McCann's bowling.

This was reward for the pressure created at both ends and before too long McCann had claimed two more victims this with the help of a catch from Khan and clean bowling the other to leave the visitors at 130-4.

McCann didn't have to wait too long to claim his fifth victim,again clean bowled with the score at 140-5.

A little revival was now made by the visitors but with the score at 167 McCann struck again this time with a sharp caught and bowled.

The visitors managed to finish their innings without any further loss as they closed at 178-6 with McCann claiming all six wickets to fall to give figures of 6-51 from his 18 overs.

The Hyde reply got away to a decent start with James Robbins and Eddie Mills ticking the score over, but with the score on 25 Mills was unlucky to be given out to a very woody lbw decision.

Robbins now had teenager Alistair Cooper at the crease with him and both looked good as the kept the scoreboard moving nicely.

They had put on 47 when Cooper was caught for 23 signalling a mini-collapse as they lost four wickets for just two runs.

Robbins was next out for 47 and when both Karim Somani and Sheraz Zaman went cheaply it left the home side reeling at 84-5.

The pairing of Iain McCann and Andy Garrod now had the task of rebuilding the innings firstly and then to set about chasing down the target.

The two batsmen kept the score moving along as they started to take the attack to the visitors.

They were now looking to score at six an over when having put on 71 together McCann was bowled for 31 leaving Hyde at 153-6.

Adam Norris came in next and it now nine runs an over required but thanks to some good running by the pair, and some clean striking by Garrod they had given themselves a chance to win off the last ball with a six.

Unfortunately with light fading due to an incredibly slow over rate from the visitors it was left to Garrod who was bowled trying to hit the six required having reached his 50 the ball before.

Hyde had to settle for the draw in the end and will be ruing some slack fielding earlier in the day as they failed to reach the victory target by just five runs closing their innings at 174-7.

Mills' men will now have to wait to hit the winning trail again as they have a week off due to there being an odd number of teams in the division.


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