H&C maintain tight grip on the top spot thanks to Rory Gethin-Golder’s late heroics

PUBLISHED: 14:45 02 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:45 02 August 2018

Hatfield & Crusaders V Hertford - Rory Gethin-Golder bowling for the Crusaders.


Picture: Karyn Haddon

Hatfield & Crusaders V Hertford - Rory Gethin-Golder bowling for the Crusaders. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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Hatfield & Crusaders maintained a tight grip at the top of SHCL Division Five A in a thrilling contest with Hertford 3rds.

Hatfield & Crusaders V Hertford - Preet Singh bowling for the Crusaders.


Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield & Crusaders V Hertford - Preet Singh bowling for the Crusaders. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The undoubted star of the show was Rory Gethin-Golder but with the bat and not the ball as usual.

Hatfield & Crusaders V Hertford .


Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield & Crusaders V Hertford . Picture: Karyn Haddon

He still took 2-22 with a couple of early wickets as Hertford batted first but with H&C nine wickets down and 19 runs still required, it was left to him and fellow tail-ender Sam Edge to produce the heroics.

Hatfield & Crusaders V Hertford .


Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield & Crusaders V Hertford . Picture: Karyn Haddon

And any pressure they were feeling was kept well hidden.

Hatfield & Crusaders V Hertford .


Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield & Crusaders V Hertford . Picture: Karyn Haddon

Sixteen-year-old Edge batted with admirable maturity in making 22* while at the other end Gethin-Golder (11*) bided his time before striking a four and a six in the space of three balls to seal a topsy-turvy contest.

Hatfield & Crusaders V Hertford - Rory Gethin-Golder bowling for the Crusaders.


Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield & Crusaders V Hertford - Rory Gethin-Golder bowling for the Crusaders. Picture: Karyn Haddon

It leaves them 52 points clear of Holtwhites with five games to go.

Hatfield & Crusaders V Hertford .


Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield & Crusaders V Hertford . Picture: Karyn Haddon

Gethin-Golder struck first as the match began in a strong wind, reducing the visitors to 24-2.

Hatfield & Crusaders V Hertford - Preet Singh bowling for the Crusaders.


Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield & Crusaders V Hertford - Preet Singh bowling for the Crusaders. Picture: Karyn Haddon

And they continued to take wickets at regular intervals, despite some costly lapses in the field, holding the score to 57-5.

Hatfield & Crusaders V Hertford .


Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield & Crusaders V Hertford . Picture: Karyn Haddon

However two resolute partnerships saw Hertford close their innings on 186-6, Ben Clark the top wicket-taker with 3-28.

Hatfield & Crusaders V Hertford .


Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield & Crusaders V Hertford . Picture: Karyn Haddon

Hatfield got off to a flyer in reply, with openers Yugal Kalaskar (36) and Heath Bond (18) racing to a 50-run partnership in seven overs.

Hatfield & Crusaders V Hertford .


Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield & Crusaders V Hertford . Picture: Karyn Haddon

Kunal Shah (45) ensured there was no let-up with some powerful drives of his own but Hertford fought back, setting up the dramatic finale.

Hatfield & Crusaders V Hertford - Rory Golden bowling for the Crusaders.


Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield & Crusaders V Hertford - Rory Golden bowling for the Crusaders. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The 2nds also won a close game, with a 19-run victory at Allenburys & County Hall.

Hatfield & Crusaders V Hertford - Rory Gethin-Golder bowling for the Crusaders.


Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield & Crusaders V Hertford - Rory Gethin-Golder bowling for the Crusaders. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Mark Collins (32) and Lewis Wynne (33) put on 71 for the first wicket and a stunning 80 not out from Ian Golder got them to 222-9 in their allotted overs.

Hatfield & Crusaders V Hertford .


Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield & Crusaders V Hertford . Picture: Karyn Haddon

Allenburys batted well and looked set to overhaul their target until skipper Tony Jakes (4-46) among others got them all out for 203 in the final over.

Hatfield & Crusaders V Hertford .


Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield & Crusaders V Hertford . Picture: Karyn Haddon

The thirds claimed a comfortable win over Knebworth Park 4ths, Asif Ghafoor (34), Rory Faraday (34) and Max Oram (54) among the runs while Bikku Vamsi (4-20) and Syam Chowdary (3-18) were the main wicket-takers.

Hatfield & Crusaders V Hertford - Rory Gethin-Golder bowling for the Crusaders.


Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield & Crusaders V Hertford - Rory Gethin-Golder bowling for the Crusaders. Picture: Karyn Haddon

But despite 3-10 from Nilesh Vaghadia and 3-16 for Hari Rathakrishnan saw them fall agonisingly short.

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