Hatfield & Crusaders clear at the top of the table as unbeaten run continues
PUBLISHED: 08:46 07 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:51 07 June 2018
A highly successful weekend saw Hatfield & Crusaders secure five victories from six fixtures.
The first team led the way with a hard-fought victory over Waltham Cross Rosedale, which keeps them unbeaten and top of the Saracens Herts League Division Five A.
After skipper Gareth Wynne won the toss and elected to bat in sweltering conditions, Hatfield & Crusaders capitalised by reaching 50 without loss in the 16th over.
Openers Heath Bond (24) and Yugal Kalaskar (20) defied disciplined opening spells before three wickets fell in quick succession.
And with further wickets falling at regular intervals, H&C were struggling at 126-9.
Bu a 54-run partnership from final pair Aman Sofat (27*) and Gareth Wynne (8*) meant they reached a competitive 180-9 from their 50 overs.
In reply Sam Edge struck early, claiming the first wicket in his opening over, and although Waltham Cross rebuilt, reaching 40 without further alarm, the run rate was always kept in check before a flurry of quick wickets.
Sofat (3-14) continued his fine match in tandem with Amit Singh as the visitors were reduced to 49-5 and a spectacular, diving catch from Chandan Rao at short mid-wicket sealed the crucial wicket of top-scorer Niro Sritharan for 20.
Spin twins Deepak Hasiza (2-12) and Wynne (3-8) ensured there was no respite for the batsmen, as Hatfield & Crusaders ultimately bowled out their opponents for 92.
Elsewhere an improved performance from the seconds ensured a first victory of the season, beating Bovingdon by five wickets.
Ian Golder was the pick of the bowling with 3-25, with Joe Bigley and Alan Jakes nabbing braces.
Matt Jennings (38) and Barry Phillips (36) got them across the line with more than 19 overs remaining.
The thirds suffered defeat for the first time this season, succumbing to St Margaretsbury by 89 runs, despite 4-20 from Syam Chowdary, while conversely the fourths won for the first time, beating Northwood at Roe Hill.
Ravi Lavu’s 3-9 was the star of the show there.
And H&C continued their impressive performances into Sunday with a double T20 success against Stevenage.