Hatfield And Crusaders seal impressive win at Northwood Town
Hatfield And Crusaders' Ben Clark. Picture: DANNY LOO
Hatfield And Crusaders sealed an impressive win at Northwood Town to move up to third position in Division Four A of the Herts Cricket League.
Two early wickets were countered by a rapid partnership of 71 in just nine overs between Ben Clark and Rory Faraday as Hatfield And Crusaders established a winning position.
Clark eventually went for 56 while Faraday managed 69 as they got to 256 all out.
And with the strong bowling line-up, victory was never in doubt as Northwood fell 90-runs short.
Ian Golder returned
the best figures with 4-35 while Andy
Foster (3-25) and Sam Edge (2-23) were
Watton at Stone 137 2ndXI 130
Alan Jakes took
three wickets for the second team but
they slipped to a narrow defeat at
Watton-at-Stone and the fourths lost
by seven wickets at Letchworth.
Mill Hill Village III 144-9 3rdXI 147-4
There was a win for
the threes though against Mill Hill
Village with Shivram Patneedi taking
wickets and hitting 57 in reply.
4thXI 96 Letchworth Garden City V 97-3
T20XI v Redbourn
T20XI v Watford
in run chases
2ndXI lost by 112 runs
3rdXI lost by 23 runs
4thXI lost by 13 runs
SunXI No Game
Saturday 1st June
Old Haberdashers 258-5 1stXI 210-9
Potters Bar III 251 2ndXI 139
Datchworth III 242-3 3rdXI 219
Ware II 150 4thXI 137
Sunday 2nd June
SunXI v TBA NO GAME
Wynne wins the derby as Hatfield sides put on a show
But the performance of both should bode well for the rest of the year. The match was on a knife edge when Hatfield's Heath Bond was run out by keeper Scott Davies, having made an aggressive 55. It left the home side 19 runs short of Hyde's 148-9 total and with just one wicket remaining. But Aman Sofat and Gareth Wynne dug deep to defy the impressive bowling attack and the gathering gloom. And with a loud and vocal support pushing them on, Wynne hit the winning runs with five overs to spare.
Heath Bond 55 Picture: DANNY LOO
Hatfield And Crusaders second team lost by five wickets at Old Elizabethans, Barry Phillips top-scoring with 49 and Andy Foster taking 4-30, and 3-12 for Syam Chowdary wasn't enough as the thirds lost to Hitchin. There was better fortune for the fourths though who defeated Baldock by seven wickets.
2ndXI won opposition conceded
3rdXI cancelled opposition no team
4thXI lose rain lower run rate
SunXI no game
Saturday 18th May
Leverstock Green II 150-6 1stXI 151-6
2ndXI won Kings Langley II concede
3rdXI cancelled Knebworth Park IV concede
4thXI 254-4 (6.4) Broxbourne III 145-4 RAIN (6.9)
Hatfield And Crusaders’ season got off to a truncated start, as the 1st XI fixture was cancelled following heavy rain in the build-up to the game. The opening weekend was eventful nevertheless, as the 4th XI secured a thrilling victory over Little Berkhamsted Sahibs II. Over 500 runs were scored in 80 overs at Roe Hill, as Hatfield And Crusaders triumphed by 26 runs.
The undisputed player of the match was Shiva Ram, who contributed a remarkable 129 not out from no. 7, to help Hatfield And Crusaders recover from 39/3 and 170/9 to post a more than competitive 269/9 from their 40 overs. The last wicket partnership yielded 99 runs in just 9 overs, as Shiva struck 13 fours and 9 sixes in the Hatfield And Crusaders record individual score.
Little Berkhamsted Sahibs produced a respectable chase, build around an unbeaten 94 in the lower middle order. However, they ultimately fell narrowly short, closing on 243/7. Hatfield And Crusaders shared the wickets around, with two wickets apiece from Hari Reddy-Konda and Roj Chowdary in a disciplined bowling effort.
The 2nd and 3rd XIs both made disappointing starts to the season, as below-par batting totals were successfully chased down with 6 wickets to spare by Radlett IV and St Margaretsbury III, respectively. A defiant 40 from Rory Faraday provided the backbone of the 2nd XIs 124 all out, while Ben Pulham claimed two sharp catches in the field.
Luke Jeffery (21) and Clive Starr (25) were the main contributors for the 3rd XI with the bat, and Atiq Kahn finished with 2/33, as St Margaretsbury reached their target with five overs remaining.
Pre Season Press Release
Talking to Neil Metcalfe of the Welwyn Hatfield Times Jennings said: “After promotion in 2018 consolidation in Division 4A is the hope but it promises to be an exciting season".
“The winter has gone well, with the majority of last season's players still at the club, and several former players have come back to bolster the ranks."
“That will make the competition for places fierce.”
Deepak Hasiza is charged with picking and leading the first team this year and the reliable spin-bowling all-rounder has a number of talented youngsters at his disposal as well as the boosted ranks of experienced players.
Jennings said: “Two very promising young players came to the fore last year with 200 runs and 20 wickets apiece.
“Sam Edge is just 16 but he became a dependable and penetrative new-ball bowler and contributed regularly with the bat.
“Ben Clark also made an impressive step up to being a first-team regular with accurate swing and seam bowling and determined lower-middle order batting.
“That included a fine half-century in the title-clinching game away to St Albans.”
Lower down the club and off the pitch there is plenty to get excited about too for the friendly and ever-growing club.
Jennings added: “The seconds will be keen to build on a strong finish last year and keep a strong core of players together and both the thirds and fourths enjoyed some notable successes.
“We are also targeting another strong performance in the county T20 competition after reaching and hosting a successful finals day last summer where we were only defeated in the final by a strong St Albans outfit.”
Off the field the social side is booming too, with many events organised in the refurbished clubhouse throughout the year for players and non-players alike.