Clean sweep of victories led by a fifth straight success for H&C's first team squad

PUBLISHED: 12:23 12 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:29 12 June 2018

London Colney CC V Hatfield & Crusaders - Amit Singh batting for Hatfield & Crusaders.


Picture: Karyn Haddon

London Colney CC V Hatfield & Crusaders - Amit Singh batting for Hatfield & Crusaders. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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Hatfield & Crusaders secured a clean sweep of victories from their three fixtures played - including another excellent win for the first team.

London Colney CC V Hatfield & Crusaders - Kunal Shah batting for Hatfield & Crusaders.


Picture: Karyn HaddonLondon Colney CC V Hatfield & Crusaders - Kunal Shah batting for Hatfield & Crusaders. Picture: Karyn Haddon

They edged London Colney in a tight encounter to extend their winning run in Saracens Herts Cricket League Division Five A to five matches.

Gareth Wynne won the toss and requested first use of what appeared an excellent batting track and despite the early loss of both openers, Preet Singh (45) and Kunal Shah (35) re-built steadily, combining for a 70-run partnership in 14 overs.

London Colney CC V Hatfield & Crusaders - Kunal Shah batting for Hatfield & Crusaders.


Picture: Karyn HaddonLondon Colney CC V Hatfield & Crusaders - Kunal Shah batting for Hatfield & Crusaders. Picture: Karyn Haddon

London Colney did make a couple of quick breakthroughs to stem the scoring rate but a patient knock from Amit Singh (35), allied to useful contributions from the lower order saw the side reach 224-9 from their 50 overs.

Yugal Kalaskar and Rory Gethin-Golder both made 16 and Sam Edge finished 14 not out.

London Colney CC V Hatfield & Crusaders - Kunal Shah batting for Hatfield & Crusaders.


Picture: Karyn HaddonLondon Colney CC V Hatfield & Crusaders - Kunal Shah batting for Hatfield & Crusaders. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The hosts performed well in pursuit of an imposing total and four out of the top five made 30 or more to put H&C under pressure.

But the visitors produced a determined bowling and fielding display to chip away with wickets at regular intervals.

London Colney CC V Hatfield & Crusaders - Amit Singh batting for Hatfield & Crusaders.


Picture: Karyn HaddonLondon Colney CC V Hatfield & Crusaders - Amit Singh batting for Hatfield & Crusaders. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The pick of the bowlers was Preet Singh with 3-32 and it left Colney 20 runs short on 204.

The seconds moved up to mid-table in Division 6B with a second consecutive win, as Bushey 2nds visited Ascots Lane.

London Colney CC V Hatfield & Crusaders - Amit Singh batting for Hatfield & Crusaders.


Picture: Karyn HaddonLondon Colney CC V Hatfield & Crusaders - Amit Singh batting for Hatfield & Crusaders. Picture: Karyn Haddon

After choosing to bat the visitors made 151 with two wickets for Joe Bigley and Andy Foster and three for Andy Foster.

An impressive effort in the field, including three run outs, was perhaps best encapsulated by an excellent catch in the slips from Alex Digby to dismiss Bushey’s best player.

London Colney CC V Hatfield & Crusaders - Amit Singh batting for Hatfield & Crusaders.


Picture: Karyn HaddonLondon Colney CC V Hatfield & Crusaders - Amit Singh batting for Hatfield & Crusaders. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Ian Golder struck 64 in reply, providing the backbone to a successful run chase, which concluded with three wickets and 12 overs remaining.

The thirds bounced back well from last week’s loss to record a comfortable 52-run win over Hertingfordbury 2nds.

They made 102 with Colin Jeffery ably supported by Ravi Lavu and Bikku Vamsi.

And a relentless effort with the ball meant Hertingfordbury were never likely to reach their target.

Vamsi’s 5-15 was the pick of an impressive crop as the visitors were all out for 54.

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