Opening triumph for new Crusaders team

PUBLISHED: 18:49 20 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:56 26 October 2009

Saracens Herts League Division 14 Sawbridgeworth 6ths 73-10 Hatfield Crusaders 76-2 CRUSADERS new 3rd XI opened their season in style with a comfortable victory over Sawbridgeworth 6ths on a damp afternoon. Clive Starr took 5-31 for the Hatfield side be

Saracens Herts League Division 14

Sawbridgeworth 6ths 73-10 Hatfield Crusaders 76-2

CRUSADERS' new 3rd XI opened their season in style with a comfortable victory over Sawbridgeworth 6ths on a damp afternoon.

Clive Starr took 5-31 for the Hatfield side before Sath Yogalingham knocked a valuable 37 not out.

Hatfield Crusaders won the toss and decided to field first in the hope of gaining some quick wickets as rain was forecast.

This proved to be a good decision as Sawbridgeworth were all out for 73.

Skipper Starr was the pick of the bowlers with his figures.

He was supported well by Jitesh Vin with 3-2 and Awais Gujar, who took 2-35.

With drizzle falling throughout the first innings, the outfield was wet.

Batsmen were not getting full value for their shots, so chasing only 73 proved not to be as easy as first thought.

Ashoks Jaggavarapu opened the innings with Mehtab Saifee and started well, putting on 14.

However, a mix up with the players saw both batsmen down one end and Saifee was run out for five.

New batsman Yogalingham then put on 44 for the next wicket before Jaggavarapu was adjudged leg before for 12.

It was then left to Yogalingham and Harry Simaria to knock off the remaining 16 runs to win the game.

Man of the match Yogalingham finished on 37 not out, an innings including six fours, and Simaria seven not out. Crusaders ended on 76-2 from 19 overs.

Donaldson was the pick of the Sawbridgeworth bowlers, taking 1-33 from nine overs.

It was a good winning start for the third team, who gained some valuable practice before Saturday's match against rivals Hatfield Hyde 3rds.


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