Hatfield & Crusaders go top of the table as Hertford are beaten with overs to spare
PUBLISHED: 12:23 29 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:33 29 May 2018
Hatfield & Crusaders are the sole leaders in Division Five A of the Saracens Herts Cricket League after a third straight win in their three completed fixtures.
This four-wicket victory came away to a competitive Hertford 3rds and maintains their excellent start to the season.
After losing the toss for the first time this year, H&C started well in the field as Sam Edge (4-35) dismissed both openers with the new ball.
And although three Hertford batsmen reached 20, disciplined bowling from Amit Singh, Deepak Hasiza and skipper Gareth Wynne (3-24) ensured that no substantial partnerships formed and the run-rate was kept in check.
The team, depleted after an early injury, were determined in the field, and produced a number of smart catches.
Preet Singh (2-22) claimed the final wickets as Hertford were bowled out for 155 in the 49th over.
There was an early wobble as two batsmen fell without scoring but Hatfield recovered thanks to two well-crafted innings.
Opener Heath Bond made a brisk 34, with eight powerful boundaries, before being the third man out with the score on 48.
He was supported by 68 not out from Amit Singh who hit 10 fours and a six along the way.
Swetang Khambhatwala kept up the pressure on the bowlers with a quickfire 24 including two sixes of his own and only two more wickets fell as the visitors reached their target with 17 overs in hand.
The thirds also won as they moved up to second.
An excellent bowling performance saw the wickets shared by Max Oram (2-12), Ravi Lavu (3-17), Syam Chowdary (2-18) and Leigh Parkhouse (2-16) while the reliable Clive Starr secured three catches.
And they reached their target easily with skipper Parkhouse top-scoring on 20.
The seconds fared less well as they fell to a six-wicket loss at home to Allenburys & County Hall 2nds.
Joe Bigley top-scored with 31 on his return from injury and Keven Whitehead made 25 but a score of 131 was some way under par.
In reply Alan Jakes claimed two wickets, but Allenburys reached their target with 13 overs remaining.
And the fourths went down by 72 runs at Rickmansworth 4ths despite Nilesh Vaghadia claiming five wickets for the second successive game.