Weekend May 19th
& Crusaders 266-5, Watford Town
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.
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
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*.
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 & Crusaders first team who opened their season with victory at Preston 2nds.
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
Weekend April 21st
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