2019 Season
Match Reports

Weekend September 7th

Cheshunt Rosedale 220-5 Hatfield And Crusaders 108

Failure to raise team sees 3rdXI finish 2nd bottom

1stXI lost by 112 runs, finish season 4th Division 4A
2ndXI lost by 8 wkts
finish season 9th and relegated from Division 6B 
concede game finish season 9th and relegated from Reg Div East A
4thXI no game
SunXI no game

Saturday 7th September

Cheshunt Rosedale 220-5 1stXI 108
2ndXI 153 Cheshunt Rosedale II 155-2
Potters Bar IV v 3rdXI concede

Sunday 8th September
SunXI v TBA no game

Weekend August 31st

Sandridge 210 Hatfield And Crusaders 124

1stXI lost by 86 runs and miss out on promotion
2ndXI lost by 10 wkts
relegated to Division 7A        
lost by101 runs and drop to third from bottom of Regional Division East 'A'
4thXI no game
SunXI no game

Saturday 31st August

Sandridge 210 1stXI 124
2ndXI 30 Berkhamsted II 31-0
Hertingfordbury II 160 3rdXI 59

Sunday 1st September
SunXI v TBA no game

Weekend August 24th

Old Finchleians 149 Hatfield And Crusaders 150-7

1stXI won by 3 wkts
2ndXI lost by 7 wkts
3rdXI concede

4thXI no game
SunXI no game

Saturday 24th August

Old Finchleians 149 1stXI 150-7
2ndXI 147 Allenburys & County Hall II 148-3
Old Haberdashers II v 3rdXI concede

Sunday 25th August
SunXI v TBA no game

Weekend August 17th

Knebworth Park II 199-8 Hatfield And Crusaders 200-8

Hatfield And Crusaders secured a priceless victory over Knebworth Park II, in a thrilling contest, to maintain their promotion push as the season reaches its denouement.

Having bowled their hosts out cheaply in the return fixture at Ascots Lane, Hatfield And Crusaders had no hesitation in choosing to bowl first.

A repeat performance seemed to be on the cards, as Knebworth Park were reduced to 27/4, thanks to excellent opening spells from Ian Golder (2/9, including four maidens in a miserly ten-over burst) and Rory Golder (3/45). Billy Bigley (0/19 from eight overs) kept up the pressure admirably, as Knebworth Park found scoring difficult.

A notable recovery followed, through Orlandi (43) and Woods, who made 90 before he was caught behind off the bowling of skipper Deepak Hasiza (2/33). This partnership provided the backbone of the innings, as Knebworth Park posted a respectable 199/8 from their 50 overs.

Hatfield And Crusaders made a poor start in reply, slipping to 16/2 in the fifth over. Yugal Kalaskar (26) and Rory Faraday (43) got the chase back on track with a belligerent partnership worth 67 in just 10 overs. Faraday found the boundary with regularity, striking six fours and a six in a quickfire innings.

Another collapse followed their departures, however, as Hatfield And Crusaders found themselves 126/7, confronted by an increasingly unlikely target. A remarkable partnership sealed the win, as Hasiza (42*) and Rory Golder (28*) added 46 runs unbeaten to see the side home. Golder even had the audacity to seal the victory with a six – not for the first time – as Hatfield And Crusaders won with 15 overs to spare.

A second straight victory moves Hatfield And Crusaders up to third position, just eight points off the promotion places.

2ndXI 89 Watton at Stone 86

There was similar excitement as the 2nd XI played host to Boxmoor at Ascots Lane. Having been put in by the visitors, Hatfield And Crusaders lost both openers cheaply with just four runs on the board. Yasir Shafi (35) produced a defiant innings, but played a lone hand as the rest of the middle order struggled against a disciplined bowling attack.

At 61/9 in the 29th over, the innings seemed unsalvageable. However, a vital last wicket stand worth 28 between Alan Jakes (18) and the ever-dependable Gareth Wynne (4*) took Hatfield And Crusaders to a total of 89, and a glimmer of hope.

With a low score to defend, Hatfield’s bowlers had to combine a wicket-taking threat with economy. Both openers delivered in spades, as Jakes claimed 2/23 and Urvish Mistry bowled superbly for 5/26. The seamers were ably supported by the spin duo of Wynne (1/11) and Tony Jakes (2/14) who sealed a dramatic triumph as Boxmoor were bowled out for 86, by just three runs.

3rdXI 50 Stevenage V 52-1

The 3rd XI were defeated by nine wickets by Stevenage V.

The 4thXI was cancelled, not enough players.

Weekend August 10th

Northwood Town 143 Hatfield And Crusaders 146-4

Hatfield And Crusaders bounced back from some indifferent form to seal a comfortable victory over Northwood Town at Ascots Lane.

In extremely blustery conditions, Hatfield And Crusaders fully capitalised on skipper Deepak Hasiza’s decision to bowl first. While Ian Golder (0/32) kept things tight at one end, Sam Edge (3/18) bowled a hostile and probing spell from the other. Edge took full advantage of the strong breeze to emphatically strike the off-stump of Northwood Town’s first three batsmen, and could have claimed even more than his eventual three wickets.

Although Modi (31) and Amish (24) combined to reach 71/3, Hatfield And Crusaders kept up the pressure in the middle overs through Aman Sofat (3/33) and Billy Bigley (3/28), to restrict the visitors to a low total. Andy Foster (1/7) also claimed a wicket, after a good catch by Hasiza, as Northwood Town were dismissed for a below-par 143

Hatfield And Crusaders got off to a flyer as Heath Bond made 11 from his first five balls, before gloving a short ball to the wicket-keeper from the impressive Mapara (3/44). Yugal Kalaskar (30) and Anil Madduri (24) recovered in style, however, as they combined for 61 runs in a brisk partnership.

Although both fell in quick succession with 60 runs still required, Billy Bigley (22) ensured there were no further alarms as Hatfield And Crusaders secured a six-wicket victory, with 24 overs remaining. This result sees the team retain fourth spot in Division 4A, and constitutes a welcome return to form after a run of losses and abandonments.

2ndXI 227-8 Watton at Stone 181

The 2nd XI also secured a welcome victory, in a rain-affected fixture at Watton-at-Stone. Having been inserted by the hosts, Hatfield And Crusaders lost two early wickets to slip to 2/2. Yasir Shafi (29) and skipper Leigh Parkhouse (46) combined for a valuable partnership to steady the ship, and reach 71/2 at the 20-over mark.

After a flurry of quick wickets reduced the side to 118/8, a remarkable ninth-wicket partnership between Keyur Mistry and Rory Gethin-Golder hauled the team to a more than respectable total, as they added 109 runs in just 12 overs. When rain brought the innings to a premature end, Mistry was 47* and Gethin-Golder had made 63* in a blistering innings containing 10 fours and a six.

Set the daunting target of 228 from 46 overs, a determined bowling display from Hatfield And Crusaders saw Watton-at-Stone fall 46 runs short. After Alan Jakes bowled a miserly opening spell – his nine overs included five maidens and yielded just seven runs – other bowlers took advantage of that pressure to chip away with valuable wickets.

Star batsman Gethin-Golder continued his fine match with 2/46, with other notable contributions from Keyur Mistry (2/36), Urvish Mistry (2/40) and Shafi (3/19).

3rdXI 205-9 Mill Hill Village III 175

There was also a success for the 3rd XI, who defeated Mill Hill Village III by 30 runs. Regular contributors Shivram Patneedi (80) and skipper Luke Jeffery (54) underpinned an impressive total of 205/9 from the allotted overs, before Clive Starr claimed three wickets to help restrict Mill Hill Village to 175 in reply.

4thXI v Datchworth IV concede

Sunday 11th August
SunXI no game

Weekend August 3rd

  1stXI lost by 7 wkts
2ndXI lost by 41 runs
3rdXI won by 10 wkts

4thXI lost by 7 wkts
SunXI no game

Saturday 3rd August

1stXI 177 Old Haberdashers 178-3
Potters Bar III 121 2ndXI 80
Datchworth III 106 3rdXI 107-0
4thXI 68 Tewin II 69-3

Sunday 4th August
SunXI v TBA no game

Weekend July 27th

  No Games Rain

July 20th

  Kings Langley II 102-8 2ndXI 93

1stXI cancelled
lost by 9 runs         
3rdXI cancelled

4thXI won by 7 wkts
SunXI no game

Saturday 20th July

1stXI v Leverstock Green II cancelled
Kings Langley II 102-8 2ndXI 93
Knebworth Park IV concede v 3rdXI
Botany Bay II 26 4thXI 27-3

Sunday 21st July
SunXI v TBA no game

Weekend July 13th

  Hatfield And Crusaders 132 Parkfield & Headstone 135-5

1stXI lost by 5 wkts
lost by 162 runs         
3rdXI won by 8 runs

4thXI won by 60 runs
SunXI no game

Saturday 13th July

Radlett IV 264-7 2ndXI 104
3rdXI 200 v Margaretsbury III 192-8
4thXI 237-6 Old Minchendenians II 177-9

Sunday 14th July
SunXI v TBA no game

July 6th

  Cheshunt Rosedale 184 Hatfield And Crusaders 152

1stXI lost by 32 runs
lost by 6 wkts         
3rdXI lost by 2 wkts

4thXI won by 119 runs
SunXI no game

Saturday 6th July

ndXI 169 Cheshunt Rosedale II 172-4
3rdXI 66 Potters Bar IV 67-8
4thXI 227-9 Stevenage VI 108

Sunday 7th July
Watford v T20XI cancelled

Weekend June 29th
  Hatfield And Crusaders 237-9 Sandridge 126

Hatfield And Crusaders enjoyed another fruitful weekend, claiming three wins from four games in the Herts Cricket League.

The 1st XI extended their lead at the top of Division 4A, with a comfortable victory against Sandridge at Ascots Lane. Given the suddenly soaring temperatures, there was great relief when the visiting captain called incorrectly, and stand-in skipper Heath Bond elected to bat without any hesitation.

Yugal Kalaskar was adjudged LBW with the score on just 5, as Sandridge made an encouraging start. Lewis Wynne and Billy Bigley (25) re-built patiently, before Bigley was caught down the leg side with the score on 62 in the 13th over. This breakthrough prompted a flurry of quick wickets, as Hatfield And Crusaders slipped to 66/4 and 114/6, in the face of some disciplined medium pace bowling from Sandridge in the middle overs.

Wynne defied the extreme heat, however, and continued to bat with great style and determination. He reached his half-century in the 30th over, as a crucial partnership developed with Ian Golder (35). Wynne was particularly quick to punish any full deliveries outside the off stump, and found the cover boundary on multiple occasions. When Wynne was finally bowled for a valiant 75 in the 44th over, 89 runs had been added for the seventh wicket, and Hatfield And Crusaders were set for a competitive total.

A late flourish from Rory Golder (13*) and Gareth Wynne (10*) added 31 useful runs for the last wicket, as Hatfield And Crusaders closed on 237/9 from their 50 overs.

Opening bowlers Aman Sofat and Ian Golder (3/33) bowled with great discipline at the start of the Sandridge innings, to keep the run rate in check and increase the pressure on the batsmen. Between them, they bowled five maidens in miserly spells, as Golder trapped both openers LBW cheaply.

That pressure was maintained by both first-change bowlers as Rory Golder (1/12) and Bigley (whose ten-over spell included three wickets, four maidens and yielded just 20 runs) reduced Sandridge to 73/6. Gareth Wynne (2/41) also chipped in with a couple of wickets, before Sofat sealed the victory with a stunning one-handed catch off the bowling of Lewis Wynne, to cap an outstanding display. Hatfield And Crusaders won by 111 runs, and extended their lead in the division to 24 points.

Hatfield And Crusaders 2ndXI 71 Berkhamsted II 76-3
The 2nd XI had a less successful outing, as they were defeated by seven wickets at Berkhamsted II. Despite the conditions, Berkhamsted elected to field first, and were immediately vindicated as Hatfield And Crusaders collapsed from 13/0 to 23/8. Some lower-order defiance from Tony Jakes (17) and Syam Chowdary (17*) saw the team to the relatively respectability of 71 all out. Mason claimed the remarkable figures of 10-7-3-3.

Despite taking three early wickets through Chowdary (1/12), Alan Jakes (1/24) and Andy Foster (1/29) that total was never going to be competitive, and Berkhamsted reached their target in the 19th over.

Hertingfordbury II 133 Hatfield And Crusaders 3rdXI 134-7
The 3rd XI secured their second win of the season with an impressive win over Hertingfordbury II. Having elected to bat, Hertingfordbury were bowled out for 133 in the final over of the innings. Wickets were shared between the bowlers, with notable performances from Atiq Khan (3/20) and Hari Rathakrishnan (3/18). Despite a belligerent start from Clive Starr (18), Hatfield And Crusaders were struggling at 94/7 shortly after the halfway point.

Another excellent innings from acting captain Luke Jeffery (44*) – who got off the mark with a six – ably assisted by Rathakrishanan (14*), saw Hatfield And Crusaders home in the 31st over, with three wickets in hand.

Southgate Adelaide III 119-9 Hatfield And Crusaders 4thXI 120-4
The 4th XI moved up to fifth place in the league with an emphatic victory over Southgate Adelaide III at Roe Hill. Having restricted the visitors to 119 from their allotted overs, Hatfield And Crusaders made short work of their target, getting home four wickets down with almost 18 overs unused.
Sunday 30th June
SunXI v TBA No game

Weekend June 22nd

  Old Finchleians 129 Hatfield And Crusaders 130-7

1stXI won by 3 wkts
2ndXI lost by 55 runs         
3rdXI lost by 34 runs
4thXI won by 100 runs
T20XI game1 lost by 46 runs
T20XI game2 lost by 53 runs
Saturday 22nd June
Old Finchleians 129 1stXI 130-7
2ndXI 152 Allenburys & County Hall II 97
Old Haberdashers II 191 3rdXI 157
4thXI 186 Hatfield Hyde III 86

Sunday 23rd June
St Albans 136-9 T20XI 90
St Albans 148-7 T20XI 95

Weekend June 15th

  Knebworth Park II 45 Hatfield And Crusaders 48-4

Hatfield And Crusaders go top of Div 4A

Hatfield And Crusaders enjoyed another successful round of fixtures, with wins for two teams (and a cancellation for 3rdXI) and one solitary defeat.

The 1st XI moved to the summit of Herts Division 4A, with a fourth victory in five completed fixtures. In an extraordinarily low-scoring game Hatfield And Crusaders defeated a below-par Knebworth Park II by 6 wickets.

Knebworth reached 16 without loss in an uneventful start, as openers Ian Golder (0/17 from 8 overs) and Sam Edge kept things tight in the early stages. This sedate opening did not pre-empt the drama to follow, as Knebworth subsided to 45 all out. The collapse was started by a sharp run out from Ben Clark, before the bowlers got in on the act.

Edge claimed three quick wickets – including two in the same over – in a remarkable spell of 3/8 in seven overs, featuring three maidens. There was no let up from the first-change bowlers as Aman Sofat (3/4) and Rory Golder (3/14) dismissed the middle and lower orders respectively. No batsman reached double figures, and Hatfield And Crusaders yielded just 34 runs off the bat.

Faced with a low score, Hatfield And Crusaders were not unduly troubled, and reached their target in just the 14th over, with six wickets in hand. Opener Heath Bond made 19 in the only notable score. Hatfield And Crusaders next travel to Old Finchleians, who currently sit third in the league.

2ndXI 84 Boxmoor 86-6

The 2nd XI slipped to a disappointing loss by four wickets against Boxmoor, in another low-scoring clash.

Having been asked to bat in demanding conditions, Hatfield And Crusaders could only muster 84. The sole notable partnership of the innings was between Yasir Shafi (16) and Keyur Mistry (21), who combined for 44 runs for the sixth wicket. When both fell in quick succession, however, the team fell short of setting a competitive score.

Boxmoor made a steady start in reply, almost reaching the halfway point before the first wicket fell. Although wickets fell regularly thereafter (through Alan Jakes (1/23), Shafi (1/23), Mistry (2/13) and Tony Jakes (1/12)), Boxmoor achieved their target with 20 overs remaining.

Preston IV 120-7 4thXI 124-5

After the fixture cancellation from the 3rd XI’s opponents, the 4th XI claimed their third victory of a promising season, with a five-wicket triumph over Preston IV. A disciplined bowling performance restricted Preston to 120/7 from their 40 overs, as all bowlers made life difficult for the batsmen. There were two wickets apiece for Khan (2/19) and Hari (2/28).

Hatfield And Crusaders knocked off the runs required in the 28th over, largely thanks to 38 from Bhanu Prakash and 47 from Shivram Patneedi, who helped to seal a comfortable win.

SunXI No Game


Weekend June 8th

  Hatfield And Crusaders 256-9 Northwood Town 166

Hatfield And Crusaders seal impressive win at Northwood Town

Ben Clark

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 able assistants.

Watton at Stone 137 2ndXI 130

Alan Jakes took three wickets for the second team but they slipped to a narrow defeat at home 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 three wickets and hitting 57 in reply.

4thXI 96 Letchworth Garden City V 97-3

No Report

Sunday 9th June
T20XI v Redbourn
T20XI v Watford

Weekend June 1st

  Old Haberdashers 258-5 Hatfield And Crusaders 210-9

Defeats in run chases

1stXI lost by 48 runs
lost by 112 runs         
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

Weekend May 25th

  Hatfield Hyde148-9 Hatfield And Crusaders 149-9

Wynne wins the derby as Hatfield sides put on a show

It was as thrilling and as tense as you would expect most derbies to be but in the end it was Hatfield And Crusaders who took the spoils against Hatfield Hyde - sneaking home by just one wicket. The result at Ascots Lane lifted the hosts into second in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Division Four A table while Hyde sit at the other end.
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 May 25
Heath Bond 55 Picture: DANNY LOO

Earlier Hatfield And Crusaders had restricted Hyde after a couple of early breakthroughs reduced them to 1-2. Sofat was again key to this, taking 3-29, while Billy Bigley who bowled an unbroken 10-over spell, returning with figures of 3-19. But Hyde slowly began to recover, even if wickets still continued to fall. Captain Miflan Mujreen made 19, Davies 15 and Hakeem Siddique 32 as they got to 105-6 before Sofat's return brought him two further scalps. A defiant and gutsy last-wicket partnership between Jaward and Ismee bolstered Hyde's total and when Hatfield And Crusaders made a similarly shaky start with the bat, their hopes were raised. Three wickets fell early as Mujreen (3-25) and Shujaat Rajput (2-37) enjoyed a strong opening spell but the problem was always Bond and the opener made light of the conditions to hold the innings together. The hosts continued to leak wickets but Hyde had them in trouble at 98-7. Some risky batting following drinks received mixed results, scoring runs but losing yet more wickets in the process. However, it proved enough.

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.

Weekend May 18th

Leverstock Green II 150-6 Hatfield And Crusaders 151-6

1stXI win by 4 wkts
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)

Sunday 19th May

Weekend May 11th

Hatfield And Crusaders v Parkfield And Headstone

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.”

DeepakDeepak 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.


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