Promoted Hatfield pad up for new season

PUBLISHED: 14:09 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 26 October 2009

Steve Gale batting for Hatfield last season

Steve Gale batting for Hatfield last season

AFTER a hugely successful 2007 season, Hatfield enter the new cricket campaign with many challenges ahead. Last year, all three teams were promoted from their respective divisions in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League. In addition, the Sunday 1st X

Keven Whitehead and Steve Gale

AFTER a hugely successful 2007 season, Hatfield enter the new cricket campaign with many challenges ahead.

Last year, all three teams were promoted from their respective divisions in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League.

In addition, the Sunday 1st XI secured the North Herts League title under the guidance of skipper Richard Hazeldene. The Colts section continued to thrive in 2007 and have proven to be the lifeblood of the Ascots Lane club.

The Saturday 1st XI had a tremendous season in the Herts League Division Three where some sterling performances saw the club finish in second place behind eventual champions Leverstock Green.

Hatfield's Heath Bond

The cornerstone to much of this success was possibly the strongest batting line-up in the division led by captain Steve Gale.

Gale, however, has decided to join Potters Bar and seek to further his ambitions in playing at the highest level and possibly represent his county.

Undoubtedly the best batsmen the Ascots Lane outfit have produced for over 20 years, Gale broke virtually all the club's batting records, including in 2007 the highest individual score of 161 not out against Harpenden.

Gale was brought through the ranks at Hatfield and the club wishes him the very best of luck at Potters Bar.

The new Hatfield skipper will be Dashan Desai and leading the way with the bat will be Heath Bond and veteran Keven Whitehead, looking to continue their opening partnership.

Last year, Bond played some powerful innings at the top of the order and with Aussie import Andrew Hitchiner having returned to his homeland, Hatfield will be relying on others to replace his flamboyance.

Talented youngsters Ben Golder, Chris Reid and Kunal Shah all made significant strides forward with the bat last season and their contribution to the club in 2008 will be vital.

Reid secured his first Herts League 50 towards the end of last season, whilst Shah was voted the best young cricketer in the North Herts Sunday League for 2007.

Left-handers Desai and Ian Golder are likely to move up the batting order for the new season to provide the balance in the batting and enabling a good blend of experience and youth.

Other contenders for batting spots in the 1st XI will be the evergreen Barry Phillips and stalwart Andy Ashley-Smith.

In the bowling department, skipper Dashan Desai is likely to lead the way with his left-arm spin, with the ever-consistent Ian Golder providing the off-swing and seam.

The new ball is likely to be taken by Steve Brame and the pacey Billy Bigley.

Further spin comes in the form of youngsters Chris Reid and Kunal Shah.


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