Hatfield cricket clubs merge

PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 April 2013

Former Hatfield Crusaders CC chairman Bob Connor and former Hatfield CC chairman Alan Dudman celebrate the merger of the two clubs to form Hatfield & Crusaders CC

Former Hatfield Crusaders CC chairman Bob Connor and former Hatfield CC chairman Alan Dudman celebrate the merger of the two clubs to form Hatfield & Crusaders CC

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HATFIELD Cricket Club and Hatfield Crusaders have joined forces to form Hatfield and Crusaders Cricket Club.

At the end of last season Crusaders were approached by their near neighbours with the idea of a possible merger.

Both had found it hard in the recent past to fulfil their third team fixtures.

When the clubs merged it reduced the Saturday Saracens Herts League teams down to five from six, and it is hoped it will make it easier to fill the sides each week also resulting in stronger sides being fielded.

A spokesman for the new club said: “If enough players are available we may also put out a Saturday friendly side.

“The merger will also help offer both league and friendly matches on Sunday along with an increase in midweek 20/20 matches and colts games and so offering plenty of cricket for the merged clubs’ members.”

After an EGM within both clubs, it was agreed that the merger would be a great opportunity to share experience, facilities, players and ideas to help improve and shape the future with a much bigger club.

The merged club now has three ECB level 2 coaches to help develop the junior section of the club added to the already successful U15s with an U13s and U11s.

Training nights will be more organised in all aspects of cricket from batting and bowling to fielding and catching exercises, bowling machines will be used to improve batting techniques and a catching cradle for wicketkeeper practice.

“Our clubhouse and bar at Ascots Lane next to the QEII Hospital will be the hub of our new club,” added the spokesman.

“Indoor net practice sessions have started and attendance is good, there is real buzz with a gelling of players and friendly banter which is great to see and bodes well for the future.”

Both clubs have a great history and say that this is the first chapter of a new and exciting future, the club has also appointed the new captains for the season along with a new committee.

A pre-season meal has been arranged to help players meet socially before the hard work of playing starts.

“We are hoping for a successful season and help to build on what we have to improve the club further,” added the spokesman. “We want to improve the club and encourage more people to join us and enjoy cricket within the area.”

The club’s chairman Alan Dudman and secretary Bob Connor represent both former clubs at a high level and are working hard behind the scenes to have the club ready for the new season.

The task they have is a big one, organising a club of this size is never easy.

But they have taken up the challenge well, already attending various meetings and putting plans in action to help a smooth transition.

The future is looking bright for the club.

Mansell, who will be carrying out the QE2 Hospital refurbishment, have agreed to help the club with improving the car park facilities and assistance in purchasing much-needed equipment for improving the wicket and outfield.

Further refurbishment is also planned for the interior of the clubhouse.

The club is confident that the playing and social side of the new club will allow it to grow.

The club are welcoming new players to join and help Hatfield & Crusaders CC become one of the biggest cricket clubs in Hertfordshire.

For information on practice nights, subscriptions and matches contact clive.starr@connectplusM25.co.uk


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