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Reports for 19th May

Hatfield & Crusaders 266-5, Watford Town II 217

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*.

Reports for 5th May

Preston II 133, Hatfield & Crusaders 134-8

Hatfield & Crusaders Cricket Club made a winning start to their Division 5A campaign, claiming a narrow win away to Preston II. Fine performances from two young all-rounders set up the victory, heralding a great deal of promise for the season to come.

After the visitors won the toss and elected to field under the auspices of new captain Gareth Wynne, Sam Edge (4/38) made a flying start, dismissing each of Preston's top 4 within the first 12 overs, before the score had reached 30. Combined with economical spells from Sean Edge (0/17), Deepak Hasiza and Ben Clark (both 1/14), Preston struggled to rebuild and reached 71/8 after 30 overs. Despite the dogged resistance of Catlin (44*) and Mercer (29), Hatfield & Crusaders eventually dismissed Preston for 133, with Amit Singh (2/25) and Gareth Wynne (2/11) claiming the final wickets.

The run chase was not straightforward, 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 82/7, with another 52 runs required. With the pressure on and the result in the balance, impressively mature innings from Clark (35) and Sam Edge (15*) saw the team home with two wickets remaining. The 1s play their first home game next week, as they host Ickleford II.

The 2nds succumbed to defeat to Abbots Langley II at Ascots Lane. 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. A flurry of early wickets left the team on 15/5, with a daunting chase in prospect. Although Barry Phillips contributed a defiant 29* from no. 3, the side ultimately fell 46 runs short, as they were bowled out for 84.

The 4ths were defeated by Potten End II by 6 wickets, after the 3rds' opponents conceded their fixture.

Reports for 22nd April

Hatfield & Crusaders 135-5, Stevenage 119-8 (T20)

Hatfield & Crusaders Cricket Club got their competitive season off to a winning start with a comfortable 16-run victory over a strong Stevenage side in the Sunday T20 Cup. Led by the charismatic Alex Digby, an impressive team performance provided considerable encouragement for the new campaign.

Hatfield & Crusaders lost the toss and were asked to bat first at Ditchmore Lane. Heath Bond defied any early season rustiness with a fluent 40 in a fast start for the visitors, who brought up their 50 in the 7th over. Stevenage fought back, claiming opener Leigh Parkhouse for a useful 15 to prompt a middle order wobble. At 74/5 with six overs remaining, Hatfield & Crusaders were some way short of a par score. However, this was to reckon without stand-out performer Amit Singh, whose 44 (made from 29 deliveries) included three sixes and propelled the side to a respectable 135/5 from their 20 overs. Spinner Davies impressed for Stevenage with 3/13 from his four overs.

A disciplined start from opening bowlers Rory Gethin-Golder and Ian Golder (0/20 and 2/13 from their four-over spells respectively) saw Stevenage fall behind the required rate, and never recover. Hayward (37) provided some resistance until he was smartly caught by Gethin-Golder off the bowling of Preet Singh (2/17). Tidy spells from Deepak Hasiza (1/35) and Amit Singh (1/24), allied to some good fielding, ensured that late boundaries for Stevenage were to no avail, and Hatfield & Crusaders ran out comfortable victors.

The League season gets underway on 5th May, with all four Saturday sides in action.



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