Herts Cricket League: Hatfield & Crusaders defy rain to claim narrow London Colney win

PUBLISHED: 15:30 16 August 2018

Hatfield & Crusaders Cricket Club's Gareth and Lewis Wynne.

Hatfield & Crusaders Cricket Club's Gareth and Lewis Wynne.

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Hatfield & Crusaders defied a heavy rain shower to seal a 12th victory of the season, triumphing over London Colney by 19 runs at Ascots Lane.

The visitors won the toss and asked Hatfield & Crusaders to bat first and despite the early loss of Yugal Kalaskar, Heath Bond (34) and Kunal Shah (57) rebuilt in style, with a fluent partnership worth 86 runs in just 18 overs.

Colney managed to slow the run-rate somewhat although Shah and Lewis Wynne (24) still kept the scoreboard ticking over.

And it was left to Deepak Hasiza (21*) and Rory Gethin-Golder (12) to see them to a competitive 212-7.

An early breakthrough with the ball set H&C on their way, as Gethin-Golder (2-55) broke the opening partnership in just his second over.

Ben Clark also claimed two wickets as Colney were kept in trouble at 78-5 and 123-7.

They defiantly kept plugging away though and it needed 2-36 from skipper Gareth Wynne to help them over the line.

They retain their 56-point lead at the top of SHCL Division Five A with three matches remaining.

The seconds were narrowly on the wrong side of the result in another rain-affected encounter.

Having chosen to insert Bushey 2nds, Alan Jakes (2-33) dismissed both openers cheaply and with Ian Golder also bowling with characteristic economy at the other end, Hatfield & Crusaders were well on top after 20 overs.

That pressure was maintained through Andy Foster (2-31), Tony Jakes (2-49) and Aaron Foster (2-25) but Bushey produced a resilient innings from the middle and lower order and were ultimately bowled out for 226 in the 49th over.

Despite the loss of an early wicket, Hatfield & Crusaders bounced back with a 52-run partnership between Alex Digby (28) and Yasir Shafi (35).

But when both batsmen and the middle order fell in quick succession, Hatfield & Crusaders were struggling at 95-6.

Undaunted by this situation, Ben Pulham (30*) and Golder (17*) recovered well, and reached 156-6, with just over a run a ball required from the final 11 overs.

With the boundaries starting to come more frequently, Hatfield & Crusaders were unlucky to be thwarted by a heavy shower which brought the game to a premature conclusion, resulting in a rain-affected defeat.

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