HISTORY

Established in 1850, although the roots of the Club can be seen in the first recorded game of cricket in Hatfield Park in September 1789.

Hatfield Cricket Club played matches in Hatfield Park until 1922. At this point the local towns people's Club was moved out of the Park. The Hatfield Estate teams continued to play in the Park with the Estate workers and the newly named Hatfield Town CC started playing at the "Showfield" St Albans Rd East (that became the now closed Hatfield Magistrates Courthouse) from 1922 to 1927. In 1928 the Town Club moved to the United Athletic Club's new ground at the Stonecross Road "Oval". In 1946 the two Clubs amalgamated as Hatfield Estate (& Town) CC playing cricket in Hatfield Park.

In 1979 the Club moved to its current home at Ascots Lane, having in 1976 decided to revert to its original and ancient title of Hatfield Cricket Club.
On Nov 5th, 2012, Members of Hatfield Crusaders Cricket Club were elected members of Hatfield Cricket Club. The Club will now play cricket under the title of Hatfield AND Crusaders Cricket Club.

THE CLUB

Member of the Hertfordshire Cricket League, in 2015 the Club's four elevens compete in Divisions 5A, 6A, 10A & 10B, in the vertical League structure introduced in 2000 and altered in 2015. The Club's 1stXI was runners up in Division 3 in 2000 and 4th in Division 2 in 2001, suffered relegation in 2002 & 2003 but became Division 4 Champions in 2005 (see team below after final league match). In 2007 the 1stXI were runners up in Division 3 and the 2ndXI & 3rdXIs were promoted. 2008 saw the 1stXI relegated back to Division 3.

 

On Sundays the Club competes in the North Herts Cricket League being promoted from Division 2 in 2005 when they finished runners up with equal points to the leading team. In 2007 Hatfield CC were Champions of the North Herts Cricket League. (see team below after final league match)

In 2004 the Club was awarded Community Amateur Sports Club status by the Inland Revenue. The Club was awarded the ECB Clubmark status and has implemented the ECB 'Safe Hands' Safety of Young People in Cricket policy. The Club was one of Hertfordshire's Focus Clubs.

Under the name Hatfield And Crusaders "The Club" endeavours to fields four elevens on Saturdays and one on Sundays. The Club also plays occasional mid-week games.

Colts teams for ages ranging from 8 to 16 years of age with coaching facilities including winter nets at the Herts Sports Village in Hatfield and junior nets at Stanborough School. The Colts team was winners of the 1988 Under 15 Hertfordshire Competition & runners up in 2002.

 

Young players both boys and girls have represented Hertfordshire County Cricket at all age levels.

In 2005 Hatfield set up formal links with one Secondary and five Primary schools as a part of the Welwyn Hatfield Cricket Schools Partnership. The Welwyn Hatfield District Kwik cricket competition for local primary schools has been held on the ground at Ascots Lane.

The Club Cricket week was held at the end of July.

The Cricket Club is situated in pleasant surroundings with the Mill Green Golf Club as neighbours preserving the rural aspects.

Well-appointed clubhouse with all modern facilities including bar, kitchen, spacious dressing rooms, showers and toilets.

Full range of social activities including quiz nights, discos and barbecues.

Associated clubs using the Cricket Club's facilities include a Darts Section that competes in the Hatfield Darts League.