Hazeldene takes over as captain

PUBLISHED: 14:02 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:38 26 October 2009

RICHARD Hazeldene takes over as captain as Hatfield s 2nd XI start their campaign in Herts Division Seven with a home game against Old Finchleians. The Ascots Lane side were promoted from Division Eight in 2007 under the captaincy of Tony Jakes. Slow lef

RICHARD Hazeldene takes over as captain as Hatfield's 2nd XI start their campaign in Herts Division Seven with a home game against Old Finchleians.

The Ascots Lane side were promoted from Division Eight in 2007 under the captaincy of Tony Jakes.

Slow left-armer Gareth Wynne won the Division Eight bowling prize in 2007 and made a significant contribution to the success of the side.

Wynne could well find himself back in the 1st XI this season.

Hazeldene, himself a slow left-arm spin bowler, should have plenty of options with Alan Jakes, Justin Evans, Lewis Wynne, Tony Jakes, Mark Golder and Andy Foster all in the wickets in 2007.

The batting will be headed by John McCarthy, who had another good year at the top of the order and contributions will be expected from all-rounders Hazeldene, Foster and wicketkeeper-batsman Mick Debenham.

Hatfield's 3rd XI also earned a deserved promotion in 2007 and will play their cricket in Division 12 for the first time.

Bruce Percival will be captaining the team this year.

Youngsters Paul Ward and Sean Edge look likely to provide an effective opening bowling duo with veterans Tony Foster, Clive Wilson and Alan Dudman again making significant contributions.

A solid mixture of youth and experience should see Percival's team perform well in Saracens Herts Division 12.

Much of Hatfield's success over the past couple of years has been through the development of their colts section.

In 2008, Hatfield will again be running teams at Under-15, U13 and U10 levels.

The club have obtained a grant from the local Lottery-funded sports authority that has enabled them to purchase a hi-tech bowling machine that will enable the colts to get specialised batting practice.

Hatfield are always looking for young talent to join their thriving colts section. Anyone interested in playing for Hatfield at U10s to U15 level should contact the club by e-mailing sharongolder2004@yahoo.co.uk or

honsec@hatfieldcc.co.uk


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