Future’s bright for Hatfield & Crusaders as Old Habs are put to the sword by tail
Swetang Khambat bats for H&C
The Ascots Lane-based club run four teams on a Saturday as well as one on Sunday and while only the thirds could match the top side’s victory, captain Yugal Kalaskar believes the club are in a very good position.
We have a few reserves and can’t always get them a game,” he said. “But we are trying our best.
“Every Saturday we struggle to choose our best teams and best players as we have so many. That is the biggest struggle for captains; selection is tough.”
Saturday’s victory for the 1sts was an impressive one. Having been reduced to 165-6, a swashbuckling and entertaining response by the tail got them to a very respectable 244-8 by the end of their 50 overs. Swetang Khambatwala top-scored with 43*.
And then it was the bowler’s turn to shine with the ball, holding the visitors to 190-9 to complete the win.
That has been symbolic of H&C’s games in recent weeks said the skipper.
“We have a good bowling line-up, that is definitely a strength. We have got a good batting line-up too but we have got six to seven good front-line bowlers who can do the job easily for the team.
“Throughout the season the tail-enders have come in and proved to be good all-rounders for us. That makes us happy because we have struggled in the top order in recent games but I’m sure we will get back on the winning trail soon.
“But so far the bowlers are doing the job with both bat and ball and I’m really happy with them.”
And Kalaskar said they are not looking to settle for anything other than promotion from Division Five A this year.
“We want to push on. It’s not consolidation we are looking for; we want to push on to the top spots.
“If you look at the top six clubs, they are very close in the standings. We can chase them down. It’s going to be a tough competition. It won’t be difficult but it will be tight.”
The 3rds picked up their five-wicket win against Knebworth Park 4ths. The 2nds lost by 45 runs at Letchworth 3rds and 4ths lost at Hoddesdon.
Weekend May 6th
Opening day disappointment for all three Saturday sides but Sunday was a fun day
Hatfield And Crusaders made a disappointing start to the fledgling cricket season as all three Saturday teams slipped to defeat in their opening Saturday league fixtures.
Ickleford II 251-8 1stXI 200
Resuming in Division Five A after a promising 2016 campaign, the 1sts travelled to Ickleford 2nds under the stewardship of newly-appointed captain Yugal Kalaskar.
H&C won the toss and elected to bowl and despite impressive performances from the ever-reliable Gareth Wynne (3-35) and Rory Gethin-Golder (3-40), Ickleford were able to run up an imposing 251-8 from their 50 overs.
Unfortunately they could only muster 200 in response before being bowled out in the 47th over.
knock of 65 from Yasir Shafi ensured
7 out of 10 batting points were
achieved and despite the defeat, it
was still a respectable and
2ndXI 134 North Enfield II 135-6
The 2nd team were at home to North Enfield 2nds in Division Six B and were bowled out for 134 after batting first.
Enfield lost six wickets in their reply but made the 135 required in the 34th over.
Watford III 299-8 3rdXI 108
3rds completed a day of
disappointment by losing by 191 wins
to Watford Town 3rds in Division 10
Therfield & Kelshall 108 Sunday XI 109-5
Hatfield And Crusaders Cricket Club's Gareth and Lewis Wynne on Sunday.
Sunday brought much greater encouragement for the club as the Sunday side opened its league campaign with a five-wicket victory over Therfield & Kelshall after successfully chasing 108.
The winning runs were hit by Lewis Wynne, on his return to action for the club.
Dad Gareth followed his three wickets on Saturday with another three as did Gethin-Golder.
This all helped restrict the visitors to a low total.
The Sunday side will have the chance to repeat the feat when they again face Therfield this week in the return fixture at Ascots Lane.
Home action on Saturday comes from the 1sts who host an Old Cholmeleians who also lost their opening day game.
The 2nds and 3rds are away at Eversholt 2nds and Ickleford 3rds respectively.