Run King Ryan hits stunning ton for Hyde

PUBLISHED: 19:08 23 June 2008 | UPDATED: 22:22 26 October 2009

Ryan King scored a cracking unbeaten century for Hyde at County Hall

Ryan King scored a cracking unbeaten century for Hyde at County Hall

Saracens Herts League Division Four Hatfield Hyde 294-6 County Hall 216-8 RYAN King continued his excellent current form with a blistering innings against County Hall on Saturday. The Hyde batsman produced a performance that will rank as one of the best

Saracens Herts League Division Four

Hatfield Hyde 294-6 County Hall 216-8

RYAN King continued his excellent current form with a blistering innings against County Hall on Saturday.

The Hyde batsman produced a performance that will rank as one of the best played for the King George V club.

King cracked 20 fours and three sixes in a tremendous unbeaten 140 as Hyde piled on nearly 300 runs.

After a terrible season so far from Hyde's batting line-up, the County Hall skipper had no hesitation in asking the visitors to bat first on winning the toss.

But Hyde had a fresh attack going into the game and playing on a good batting track despite the rain downpour, Kev Gray and Jamie Carr got the visitors off to a much better start.

So often this season Hyde have lost the top order in the early stages but the two batsmen played fluently, yet solidly, to build a platform for the later fireworks.

The pair put on 56 for the first wicket before Carr was caught for 20 in the 15th over.

Simon Frost came into the side at number three, but he received an excellent delivery from Hall bowler Graves and was removed for one.

Matt Maskell came in at a different position for him and he tried to be positive but an under-edge was well caught behind as he fell for 13 and Hyde slipped to 79-3.

With so few runs as a team all season, the nerves could easily have set in but Gray and, especially King, well and truly put the ghosts to rest.

King came to the crease in the 22nd over, which makes his mammoth total all the more impressive.

The pair batted superbly together as the Hertford side toiled in the field at Leahoe.

Gray and King were simply sublime as they added 146 in just 20 overs for the fourth wicket.

The stand was broken when Gray was stumped for an excellent 80 in bizarre fashion.

With the keeper standing back, Gray played and missed but remained standing out of his ground and the wicketkeeper threw the stumps down from distance.

Girish Chavda joined King at the crease as Hyde pushed for a declaration.

King was simply brutal as he brought up his ton but he didn't stop there.

Chavda chipped in with an important 19 before he was caught just inside the ropes as he and King put on a partnership of 53 in just five overs.

Malik Hussain was promoted up the order to try to get some more quick runs but he was bowled for a duck.

Skipper Barry Griffith ended four not out as Hyde declared after 50 overs on a massive 294, with almost half the runs coming from King's bat.

Despite the score, Hyde knew it was not going to be plain sailing against a side who have amassed some big totals themselves this season.

Hyde made a great start when Mark Catterick had the dangerous Andrew Szemiako caught behind by Maskell for four.

But the home side then took the game to Hyde as they looked to make inroads into the huge target.

Griffith turned to off-spinner Chavda to try and stem the flow and also the influential King from the other end.

County Hall had raced to 95-1 from just 16 overs when King got the all-important breakthrough.

The score was quickly moved onto 124 when Griffith caught at short leg to give King his second wicket.

With the run rate remaining high, the match remained in the balance until Chavda got the wicket of the dangerous Andy Bartlett for a well-made 65 thanks to a catch from keeper Maskell.

The home side's 154-4 soon became 161-5 as a mix-up and good work from Jamie Carr in the field saw a run out.

Chavda then picked up his second wicket as the home side collapsed to 162-6.

That soon became 167-7 as Mark Catterick (2-37) replaced King (2-38) and picked up his second wicket of the day.

Chavda finished with figures of 2-64 from 15 overs.

He was replaced by Paul Tindle, who caused problems with the extra bounce and took his first wicket for the 1st XI thanks to an excellent catch from youngster Andrew Godbold.

Tindle took 1-20 as Hall played out the final few overs.

Griffith mixed up his bowlers to try and get a wicket, but they couldn't get the breakthrough and Hall finished on 216-8 from their 50 overs.

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