Skipper makes opening day century for Hatfield Hyde

PUBLISHED: 13:34 09 May 2013 | UPDATED: 13:34 09 May 2013

Captain Kevin Gray hit a ton as Hatfield Hyde got their season off to a solid start with a draw at home to Ickleford.

After winning the toss, Gray elected to bat and he and Jamie Carr took to the crease.

The pair reached 50 without loss in the 11th over.

Carr then wafted at a wide one outside off stump and was dismissed for a dubious caught behind on 31, signalling the arrival of Girish Chavda.

Chavda was out lbw for 17 with Hyde on 80-2.

Shivankathushara Rupasinghe was next in, he and Gray formed a partnership to take Hyde towards the 200 mark.

Rupasinghe fell for 47 to spark a flurry of Hyde wickets. Debutant Adil Rehman was dismissed first ball with Jonathan Russell following him back to the pavilion soon after. Gray could only watch nervously from the non-striker’s end as he entered the 90s. Ben Tobin was the next in and Gray reached his maiden league ton for the club he has represented at all age groups.

Finally the skipper was dismissed for 108 before declaring with Hyde on 236-6 of 51 overs.

Ickleford’s chase got off to a good start with Hyde’s opening bowling pair of Saim Rajput and Adil struggling to find rhythm.

After reaching 60 without loss, Gray turned to spin kings Carr and Rupasinghe to turn the tide and they did just that, Carr picking up a wicket in his first over LBW.

However, the run rate didn’t subside and Ickleford were on course until a key spell from the spin duo resulted in three quick wickets to give Hyde a glimmer of hope of a victory.

In the end they fell just short and had Ickleford seven down with the away side needing 20 off the last over. A fantastic effort saw them come to within two of winning but in the end a draw was a fair result.

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