Datch go so close

Datchworth just failed to make it four wins in a row at Old Elizabethans. After being asked to bat, slow progress was made as Matt Budd and Darren Croucher got the innings started. With the first wicket falling on 16, John Wells joined Budd and immediatel

Datchworth just failed to make it four wins in a row at Old Elizabethans.

After being asked to bat, slow progress was made as Matt Budd and Darren Croucher got the innings started.

With the first wicket falling on 16, John Wells joined Budd and immediately tried to up the run-rate.

With the pair putting on 40 runs in 13 overs, Nick Webb was next in line and another 40 runs were added before Budd was bowled for a well-paced 48.

Despite Webb making 38, Datchworth were 145-7 and in trouble before finishing all out on 167.

Alex Akers bowled impressively in his first spell to leave OE's 27-3 and Steve Bottomley joined in making it 36-4.

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A good partnership between Patel and Jadanauth started to develop, before Patel was bowled by Steve Nash for 25 with the score on 80.

Two run outs as the nervous Collins gave his partners no chance left Datchworth needing just one wicket with six overs to spare.

But it was not to be and Datchworth had to be content with 13 points.

The seconds won by 59 runs against Potters Bar fourths.

Stuart Warrington scored yet another league fifty as he made 66 and Phil Nightingale marked his first outing of the season with a fine knock of 80 as Datchworth posted 208-5.

Potters Bar never looked comfortable, with spinner Gary Hyams claiming six scalps as they were dismissed for 149.

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