Hasiza boxes clever to secure Crusaders victory

PUBLISHED: 12:50 08 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:06 26 October 2009

Deepak Hasiza was man of the match for Crusaders

Deepak Hasiza was man of the match for Crusaders

Boxmoor 126-10 Hatfield Crusaders 127-7 DEEPAK Hasiza emerged as the saviour for Hatfield Crusaders with 46 runs to guide the side to another win against Boxmoor. The result takes Crusaders to second position in Division Six of the Herts Cricket League

Boxmoor 126-10 Hatfield Crusaders 127-7

DEEPAK Hasiza emerged as the saviour for Hatfield Crusaders with 46 runs to guide the side to another win against Boxmoor.

The result takes Crusaders to second position in Division Six of the Herts Cricket League and keeps the title race still wide open with only 11 points separating the two sides at the top.

On a cloudy afternoon, with light drizzle and forecast for further showers during the day, Boxmoor decided to bat after winning the toss.

Jigar Mehta and Preet Singh opened for Crusaders and bowled well.

The decision to bat backfired as early as the fourth over when Singh had Pimm clean bowled by a superb slower delivery with total on 11.

The forecast for rain turned out to be true when the players had to go off in the 16th over with heavy rain pouring down.

When play resumed after a loss of 48 minutes, reducing the game by 12 overs, the batsmen continued to frustrate the home side.

Amit Singh and Hasiza replaced Mehta and Preet Singh respectively, but could not have anything added to the wickets column.

Skipper Usman Shaikh then had a bowl and had Gorringe caught brilliantly by the wicketkeeper Iain Horden in his first over for a well made 36.

An outside edge from Marke off a quicker delivery from Hasiza then ended in Horden's gloves with the home side coming back into the game.

Shaikh from the other end produced a wonderful inswinger to take middle stump of Young in the next over with total now on 106-5.

This was followed by a wonderful yorker to dismiss Samuels for a golden duck, trapped right in front of the wicket.

The Crusaders captain was now on a hat-trick, which the new batsman survived.

But things were to get worst for Boxmoor when Hasiza had top scorer Hodgins lbw for 41 trying to pull a ball which did not bounce as much as he expected.

That gave the home side the chance to now wrap up the innings.

Debutant Awais Gujjar replaced Mehta towards the end of the innings and bowled to a good line and length, taking two quick wickets in just three overs.

It was Shaikh who wrapped up the Boxmoor innings by taking his first five-wicket haul for the club.

He deceived Down with a slower delivery for Gujjar to take an easy catch to finish the Boxmoor innings for 126 in the 47th over.

Crusaders opened with Gujjar and Amit Singh in order to get some quick runs on the board, but the decision backfired when Gujjar was adjudged lbw in the third over for two.

Singh continued to play carefully along with new batsman Horden, but the latter was caught in the ninth over to leave the Roe Hill Hall side at 23-2.

Singh was next to go for 15 when he had his middle stump knocked over by Marke in the 10th over.

Adnan Khan was then caught behind for six and at this stage the situation was looking very grim for Crusaders.

Sam Mathur joined Mehta but did not trouble the scorers much and was caught in the slips off the bowling of Hodgins.

Crusaders suffered a major blow when skipper Shaikh dragged the first ball onto his stumps for a duck.

Debutant Balu joined Mehta and looked solid in defence and put the brakes on the wickets.

Mehta was then caught trying to repeat a pull shot off Down for a well made 26.

This brought Hasiza to the crease and he played one of the best knock of his career.

He scored 46 precious runs and won the game for Crusaders, securing a three-wicket victory.

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