Hatfield sides gear up for new cricket season

PUBLISHED: 13:48 22 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:12 26 October 2009

HATFIELD Cricket Club have had a busy pre-season and made some changes along the way. With marathon man Richard Hazeldene now skippering the 1st XI, Alan Jakes takes over as the new captain of the Herts League 2nd XI. Jakes was a particularly consistent

HATFIELD Cricket Club have had a busy pre-season and made some changes along the way.

With marathon man Richard Hazeldene now skippering the 1st XI, Alan Jakes takes over as the new captain of the Herts League 2nd XI.

Jakes was a particularly consistent performer with the ball last season and he will be leading from the front with his metronomic bowling in the Saracens Herts Division Seven.

Mark Golder had another good season with both bat and ball and rightly collected the 2nd XI Player of the Year for 2008.

He will inevitably be starring again in the new season.

Again, the bowling looks to be the strength with a returning Robert Grove, Justin Evans, Munal Desai and Sam Arrachichi all vying for seam bowling slots.

In addition to these, youngsters Paul Ward, Sean Edge and Luke Waterman all impressed for the 3rd XI last year and could well be in Jakes' team for the start of the season.

Waterman, in particular, showed how much he had developed by claiming the Young Player of the Year award.

The evergreen Gareth Wynne, Graham Causton, Tony Jakes and Andy Foster look to be the obvious slow bowling options for 2009.

All consistently took wickets at important times last year during a rather damp summer.

The batting line-up will revolve around the likes of Foster, Grove, Golder and John McCarthy to post competitive totals.

Lewis Wynne is another at university for the beginning of the season.

However, he looks set to make significant contributions with both bat and ball in 2009 when available.

Stalwart Mick Debenham, the club's leading all-time catcher, could be the man donning the gloves behind the stumps for Jakes' men.

Hatfield's 3rd XI will be skippered by club chairman Alan Dudman.

He will hope that the experienced Bruce Percival, Pravin Gohil, Dan Hardy, Graham Debenham and Anant Krishnan will all provide the runs in Division 12 of the Herts League.

The team was very competitive last year and secured some memorable victories.

Youngsters such as Joe Bigley, Alex Digby, Rory Golder, Mark Collins and Jonty Mistry should all be looking to contribute to the team in 2009.

The 3rd XI's main success story, however, was the enduring bowling of Tony Foster who pocketed the club bowling prize with an excellent average of 12.94.

Foster, who started his Hatfield playing career in the 1950s, will be rolling over that well-oiled left arm again in 2009.

Much of the club's success in recent years has been in bringing on the youth.

Hatfield are always looking for young talent to join the thriving colts section at Ascots Lane.

If you are interested in playing for Hatfield at Under-10's to Under-15 level, please contact the club by emailing sharongolder2004@yahoo.co.uk or honsec@hatfieldcc.co.uk


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