Opening day disappointment for all three Saturday sides but Sunday was a fun day
PUBLISHED: 11:01 09 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:01 09 May 2017
Hatfield and Crusaders made a disappointing start to the fledgling cricket season as all three teams slipped to defeat in their opening day fixtures.
Resuming in Division Five A after a promising 2016 campaign, the 1sts travelled to Ickleford 2nds under the stewardship of newly-appointed captain Yugal Kalaskar.
H&C won the toss and elected to bowl and despite impressive performances from the ever-reliable Gareth Wynne (3-35) and Rory Gethin-Golder (3-40), Ickleford were able to run up an imposing 251-8 from their 50 overs.
Unfortunately they could only muster 200 in response before being bowled out in the 47th over.
A defiant knock of 65 from Yasir Shafi ensured maximum batting points were achieved and despite the defeat, it was still a respectable and promising performance.
The 2nd team were at home to North Enfield 2nds in Division Six B and were bowled out for 134 after batting first.
Enfield lost six wickets in their reply but made the 135 required in the 34th over.
And the 3rds completed a day of disappointment by losing by 191 wins to Watford Town 3rds in Division 10 A.
But a new day brought much greater encouragement for the club as the Sunday side opened its league campaign with a five-wicket victory over Therfield & Kelshall after successfully chasing 108.
The winning runs were hit by Lewis Wynne, on his return to action for the club.
Dad Gareth followed his three wickets on Saturday with another three as did Gethin-Golder.
This all helped restrict the visitors to a low total.
The Sunday side will have the chance to repeat the feat when they again face Therfield this week in the return fixture at Ascots Lane.
Home action on Saturday comes from the 1sts who host an Old Cholmeleians who also lost their opening day game.
The 2nds and 3rds are away at Eversholt 2nds and Ickleford 3rds respectively.
Hatfield & Crusaders Cricket Club is a friendly club for players of all ages and abilities, based at Ascots Lane.
The club currently runs four Saturday teams in addition to a Sunday side and new players are always welcome.
For more details visit www.hatfieldcc.co.uk