Slideshow & Gallery: WGC collapse as Bigley takes five

PUBLISHED: 13:06 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:50 26 October 2009

Paul Woolley claims Keven Whitehead's wicket at Ascots Lane

Paul Woolley claims Keven Whitehead's wicket at Ascots Lane

Saracens Herts League Division Two Hatfield 174-9 WGC 2nds 113-10 WGC 2nds slumped to a 61-run defeat away to Hatfield on Saturday. Despite the best efforts of Chris Stainsby, who took three wickets with the ball and then top scored for the visitors with

Hatfield batsman Keven Whitehead is out

Saracens Herts League Division Two

Hatfield 174-9 WGC 2nds 113-10

WGC 2nds slumped to a 61-run defeat away to Hatfield on Saturday.

Despite the best efforts of Chris Stainsby, who took three wickets with the ball and then top scored for the visitors with 44 runs, the Digswell Park side lost the derby match.

The Ascots Lane club's heroes for the day were youngsters Chris Reid and Billy Bigley.

They turned the Saracens Herts League Division Two tie Hatfield's way at the right time with bat and ball.

Hatfield batted first on a damp afternoon at Ascots Lane and found themselves in trouble when opener Heath Bond was bowled in the first over for six.

Keven Whitehead fell shortly after and at 27-2 the home side were struggling against the WGC seamers.

Paul Woolley claimed 2-18 for the visitors.

However, 17-year-old Reid showed great maturity in taking the game to the bowlers and made them pay for any misdirection in line and length.

Ed Tucker and Stainsby were relatively expensive for WGC, although the latter did take 3-46.

The in-form Ben Golder supported his batting partner as Hatfield made their way to 89 before falling for a tidy 18 runs.

Reid hit the second Herts League half century of his blossoming career before departing shortly after for 53.

Hatfield then found themselves in a spot of bother at 122-6, but the stonewall Barry Phillips made sure the hosts posted a respectable but gettable total by mixing patient defence with some fine strokeplay.

Phillips shepherded the tail with 38 not out as Hatfield reached 174-9 from their 53 overs.

The remaining batsmen couldn't really get Simon Bridgewater away and the WGC slow bowler finished with economical figures of 2-24 from 17 overs.

The visitors got off to a slow start in reply with the miserly Ian Golder giving nothing away on a sticky surface.

He made the initial breakthrough with the score on 18.

However, the real fireworks were supplied by 15-year-old Billy Bigley, who showed some fine pace to blow away the WGC top order.

An experienced batting line-up had no answer to Bigley, who rattled his way through the batting in his six over spells.

Suddenly Hatfield smelt victory as their opponents collapsed to 31-5 with Phil Driver, Tucker, Nolan, Woolley and Dan Beynon all back in the pavilion.

Golder completed his spell with 1-17 from 10 overs, having taken the wicket of Beynon.

WGC found an unlikely saviour in seam bowler Stainsby, who took a liking to the Hatfield change bowlers by hitting a brisk 44 alongside Chris Molyneux.

They put together a stand of 42 before Molyneux slogged Bigley to mid-off and apart from a few good shots from Stainsby the innings then fell away.

Off-spinner David Hughes snapped up his first wicket for the club thanks to a sharp catch from the evergreen Mick Debenham.

Hughes took 2-19 from his short spell as promoted Hatfield headed towards a much-needed win.

Bigley recorded excellent figures of 5-42 and it was left to Steve Brame to take the last wicket as WGC 2nds were bowled out for 113 with eight overs to spare.


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