Bury give Hatfield a good Hyde-ing
By Roy Newman
Langleybury III 176-10 (44.2) v Hatfield Hyde II 107-10 (31.2)
Langleybury 3s travelled to Hatfield Hyde 2s on an overcast day following a convincing home win the previous week. The wicket was a difficult one to call – not the most consistent in terms of grass covering but rock hard. Bury won the toss and decided to have a bat. Opener Chris Currie chased a wider one in the fourth over and snicked it behind without troubling the scorers. However, 16 year old fellow opener, Sulaimaan Manzoor started well, punishing anything on his legs and during his partnership with Alex McLachlan the run rate was going at 5.5 runs per over and a big total looked on the cards. However, Sulaimaan Manzoor was unfortunate to fall on 29 when some unexpected bounce saw him top edge a short arm pull to backward square leg. That was a shame, as he was looking increasing comfortable in the middle. Alex McLachlan fell six overs later when he was bowled by the change bowler when on 27. The middle overs then proved challenging indeed, the wicket started misbehaving somewhat with occasional extravagant bounce from one end, and occasional daisy cutters from the other. Teenage seamer Owen Thake also started to get some exaggerated late inswing, which saw him rip through Bury’s middle order. 15 year old Dan Roberts was bowled following a patient 13; left handed Rob King (11) was undone by an absolute pearler that started on his legs and then swung past the outside edge, hitting the very top of middle stump; and then Gavin Mawn received the type of delivery that nobody wants first up, a perfect length inswinger that took the top of leg stump. Only Paul Crawley had offered any resistance, and when he was joined by Dave Baker in the 28th over with the score 94-6, the experienced pair needed to re-build the innings. Dave Baker’s first job was to see out the hat-trick ball, and that itself was something you don’t see everyday. Hatfield surrounded the bat, but Owen Thake over-pitched and Baker pushed through the line. Owen Thake chased the ball himself, all the way to the extra cover boundary, albeit in vane as the timing of the shot was enough to see it past the boundary. The pair added 54 in 9 overs before Dave Baker over-balanced on a wide yorker and was unable to get back into his crease in time to prevent being stumped on 16. 13 year old Dan Hansard then joined Paul Crawley at the crease for his first innings in senior cricket, and the youngster did an admiral job holding up one end, which allowed Paul Crawley to reach his second fifty of the season. Alas, Paul Crawley was bowled the ball after reaching the feat, and the returning Owen Thake cleaned up the veteran tail of Kevin Kelly and Mike Dobner. Langleybury completed their innings for 176. It was difficult to tell at the interval how that compared with par given the conditions and the wicket.
Sulaimaan Manzoor was given the honour of opening both the batting and the bowling and he generated decent pace with his accuracy, which saw him start with three successive maidens. Youngster, Dan Hansard opened from the other end and he bowled with some good shape and decent lengths. Everybody was absolutely delighted for the young lad when he bowled left handed Samarakoon middle stump to record his first senior league wicket. Home skipper, Michael Burson seemed quite comfortable against the pace of Salaimann Manzoor in fairness and after he had hit young Dan Hansard for a few boundaries, it was obvious that Bury would need to remove him if they were going to defend their total. Paul Crawley replaced Dan Hansard after he had bowled his allotted five overs and he bowled Michael Burson with his second delivery – a beaut that pitched on middle and hit the top of off. Sulaimann Manzoor clean bowled Alan Carter to register a more than deserved wicket. His first spell saw him return one wicket for five runs from his six overs and apart from the wickets column, that reflected how well he bowled. When Dan Jones (No. 4) was undone by Paul Crawley – Mike Dobner’s eighth stumping of the season – the hosts were reeling at 53-4. Brothers Omar and Ozzie Zahan put on 37 runs before the introduction of evergreen Kevin Kelly changed the game completely. His very first ball was chipped to Sulaimann Manzoor at cover. His second ball was hit for four, his fourth ball was chipped straight back to him for a caught and bowled and his sixth ball was played all around for a plumb lbw. 1-0-4-3 off his eventful over. 15 year Dan Roberts was brought into the attack and his flight and guile was too much for the lower order. The young leggie clean bowled Hatfield’s last three batsmen to finish with remarkable figures of 3-4, whilst Kevin Kelly also finished with average boosting figures of 3-7. 90-4 suddenly became 107 all out and a convincing victory for Bury whilst only conceding 10 points in what is becoming a very tight Division.
There were plenty of positives from the victory as well with decent displays from all three of Bury’s teenagers.