2018 Season
Match Reports

Weekend May 19th

Hatfield & Crusaders 266-5, Watford Town II 217
H and C Sat 1stXI v Watford

Hatfield & Crusaders maintained their strong start to the cricket season, with another impressive win over Watford Town II on Saturday taking them joint top of Division 5A. Skipper Gareth Wynne won the toss and elected to bat in glorious sunshine, in a marked contrast to last week's abandonment.

he side produced an excellent team performance, with every batsman contributing at least 20 in a competitive total of 266/5 from their 50 overs. Openers Yugal Kalaskar (36) and Heath Bond (26) combined for a fluent 85-run partnership for the first wicket, before falling in quick succession. That merely heralded the arrival of the middle order, who maintained the innings' impetus. The outstanding Amit Singh (82*) provided the backbone to the innings, with able support provided by Chandan Rao (20), Preet Singh (22) and Lewis Wynne (22). Singh took the attack to the bowlers, striking 7 fours and a six in a characteristically belligerent innings which continued his impressive form.

The strong collective effort continued in the field, as opening bowlers Sam Edge (2/59) and Aman Sofat prevented Watford Town from making a fast start. That pressure was maintained by Amit Singh (1/44), Deepak Hasiza (1/32) and Gareth Wynne (3/36) who claimed wickets at regular intervals to dent Watford's hopes of an unlikely run chase. A determined fielding performance, best exemplified by two superb run outs and a calm catch under pressure from Ben Clark, ensured that Hatfield & Crusaders ran out the victors by 49 runs, dismissing Watford Town II for 217 in 45 overs.

The 2nds slipped to a 55-run defeat to Hemel Hempstead Town III at Ascots Lane. Hemel Hempstead batted first, and reached 229/8 from their 50 overs with some powerful late hitting, despite good spells from the returning Andy Foster (2/26), Tony Jakes (3/25) and Swetang Khambatwala (2/43). Hatfield & Crusaders made a strong start as openers Anil Madduri (38) and Barry Phillips (14) contributed 51 before the first wicket fell. However, some disciplined bowling saw the side slip to 107/5 in the 35th over, with the target looking increasing remote. Despite defiant knocks from Khambatwala (28) and Amit Shamal (39), Hatfield & Crusaders were ultimately all out for 174 in the 45th over.
The 3rds won for the first time this season, securing an emphatic seven-wicket victory over Hitchin IV. Hitchin were bowled out for just 63, with Chandan Mahanthesh and Asif Ghafoor claiming three wickets apiece. Hatfield & Crusaders raced to their target in the 15th over, as Ben Pulham made 30*.

The Sunday XI were crushed in a 60 run defeat by Datchworth in their North Herts League fixture as thety were bowled out for 135 chasing 195-9 that Datchworth had set. Only Yugal Kalaskar, Everton Wilson and Saad Butt with 30s made anymeaningful contribution with the bat.

Weekend May 5th

Youth shines as Hatfield & Crusaders edge to narrow opening day win at Preston

The Hatfield And Crusaders
                                      first team who opened their season
                                      with victory at Preston 2nds.
The Hatfield & Crusaders first team who opened their season with victory at Preston 2nds.

Hatfield & Crusaders Cricket Club made a winning start to their Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Division Five A campaign – claiming a narrow win away to Preston 2nds.The two-wicket victory was set-up in part by fine performances from young all-rounders, Ben Clark and Sam Edge, heralding a great deal of promise for the season to come.

After H&C won the toss and elected to field under the auspices of new captain Gareth Wynne, Edge made a flying start, dismissing each of Preston’s top four within the first 12 overs on his way to 4-38. All this was before the score had reached 30 and combined with economical spells from Sean Edge, Deepak Hasiza and Clark, Preston struggled to rebuild. They reached 71-8 after 30 overs and only dogged resistance of Catlin (44*) and Mercer (29) prevented Hatfield & Crusaders getting them out sooner. They eventually reached 133, with Amit Singh (2-25) and Gareth Wynne (2-11) claiming the final wickets.

The run chase was not straightforward though as Hatfield & Crusaders slipped to 25-4 in the 11th over. Lewis Wynne (18) and Hasiza (29) restored some stability, before another flurry of wickets saw the team on 82-7, still 52 runs short of their target required. But with the pressure on and the result in the balance, it was time for the youngsters to step up to the plate, and an impressively mature innings from both Clark (35) and Sam Edge (15*) saw the team home with two wickets remaining.

After finishing fourth last season, and missing out on promotion, this was the perfect start and they will be looking to carry that on in their first home game of the year against Ickleford 2nds on Saturday.

However, while the firsts were winning, there was no such luck for the seconds or fourths as they both lost.

The 2nds slumped to a 46-run defeat at home to Abbots Langley 2nds.

A disciplined bowling performance saw the visitors dismissed for 130, with Ian Golder claiming 4-17 from his 10 overs and Tony Jakes chipping in with 3-16. In reply there was only a defiant 29* from Barry Phillips as the team could only muster 84 runs in total.

The 4ths lost by six wickets to Potten End 2nds. The 3rdXI had no game on Saturday as Baldock III conceded the fixture.

Sunday saw Hatfield and Crusaders record a nine wicket win at Baldock in the opening North Herts League Division 2 fixture of the season as they chased down 35 runs.

Weekend April 21st

First win of the season T/20 at Stevenage won by 16 runs. Hatfield scored 135 off their 20 and Stevenage replied with 119.
Heath Bond 40 and Amit Singh 44 no with Ian Golder 2-13 and Preet Singh 2-17

They lost the toss and were put into bat at Ditchmore Lane but Heath Bond defied any early season rustiness with a fluent 40 in a fast start.

A middle order wobble had them at 74-5 with six overs left but they recovered to reach 135-5 at the close, thanks to an impressive 44 from 29 balls from Amit Singh, which included three sixes.

A disciplined opening from bowlers Rory Gethin-Golder and Ian Golder saw the hosts fall behind the required rate, and never recover.

Conor Hayward (37) provided some resistance until he was smartly caught by Gethin-Golder off the bowling of Preet Singh.

And tidy spells from Deepak Hasiza and Amit Singh, allied to some good fielding, ensured H&C ran out comfortable victors.

Weekend April 14th

It was a tough first run out for the boys in some tricky conditions as we came up a little short chasing Broxbourne's 163 ending on 93 for 9

reporter Leigh Parkhouse

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