Success is down to strength in depth says skipper
PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 July 2018
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Hatfield & Crusaders' strength in depth is the big plus behind their fantastic first half of the year according to captain Gareth Wynne.
The Ascots Lane-based cricket club made it seven wins from nine this season with a three-wicket win over St Albans 2nds keeping them top of Division Five A.
They even extended their lead and the skipper says this year is exceeding even his aspirations.
He said: “I was hoping to win six but to get seven out of the first nine is beyond our wildest dreams.
“From next week we start the reverse fixtures so other teams will pick up things from us and we’ll pick up things against them.
“That will be interesting as it is a really competitive league.
“What I do say to the guys is that if we don’t win, let’s pick up points.
“When we lost to Holtwhites, we still picked up 12 or so points which keeps you in the top positions.
“I’m also pleased about the all-round strength. One week Sam Edge got 50 the next Ben Clark got three wickets and Preet Singh gets lots of late runs.
“We’re not just relying on one or two.”
The victory over St Albans saw the hosts restrict their visitors to 215, a total they got to only thanks to a lot of late runs.
And in reply H&C roared to victory inside 33 overs.
Heath Bond smashed 93 and Amit Singh 43 in a match-winning stand and while Wynne acknowledged their efforts, he reserved special praise for the bowling attack.
He said: “For me the key was our spin. They bowled 20 overs for 40 runs and in a 50-over game, that’s nearly half your overs so that was good.
“On a day like today when you’re fielding first and it’s red hot, it’s hard to keep it going so I was really impressed with the fielding.”
They had to survive a late wobble with a number of wickets falling late, leaving the captain to pace nervously, before the win was secured.
However, Wynne was never unduly worried.
“I’ve played for Hatfield for a long time so I know what’s to come,” he joked.
“As captain, you feel a little bit of extra responsibility for the batting order but Heath Bond and Amit Singh took the game away from them and you could tell how flat they were.”