Singh's wonderful knock steers Crusaders to winning total
PUBLISHED: 18:36 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:41 26 October 2009
Saracens Herts League Division Six Hatfield Crusaders 182-10 St Margaretsbury 2nds 69-10 AMIT Singh put in a match-winning performance with the bat as Hatfield Crusaders defeated St Margaretsbury 2nds by 113 runs. Though not totally fit, Singh produced a
Saracens Herts League Division Six
Hatfield Crusaders 182-10 St Margaretsbury 2nds 69-10
AMIT Singh put in a match-winning performance with the bat as Hatfield Crusaders defeated St Margaretsbury 2nds by 113 runs.
Though not totally fit, Singh produced a wonderful batting display on a difficult pitch to score a crucial 60 not out for his side.
His innings was followed by some superb bowling from Crusaders as they romped to victory.
Captain Usman Shaikh lost the toss and was put in on a moist wicket with light cloud cover to help the bowlers of St Margaretsbury.
With some players missing, Hatfield went out to play with a young side.
Balu Praveen and Shaikh opened the batting for the Roe Hill Hall club.
Hatfield suffered an early blow when Praveen was bowled early on.
Another new entry in the team in the form of Javed Mir went into bat at number three.
He gave solid support on the difficult batting track.
Just before the drinks break Mir was picked by McCafferty trying to pull him over the square leg for 17.
Jigar Mehta then came to the crease to support skipper Shaikh.
They were looking good until Shaikh was snared by McCafferty.
After Shaikh, Mehta became the next victim and was bowled.
In came Deepak Hasiza next to be followed by Aman Singh.
Both got out without scoring as the home team looked in deep trouble at 71-6.
In came Adnan Khan with Amit Singh. The two built a crucial partnership, taking the score to 123.
The stand ended when Khan was caught at mid-wicket off Monk.
Preet Singh made a quick 14 but was run out with the score 163-8.
Next in was Fahd Malik with two overs remaining but he was bowled.
In the meantime, Singh was playing a responsible innings and reached his half-century.
The final Crusaders total was 182.
With a healthy target, it was then the turn of the Hatfield bowlers to make the most of the wicket.
Mehta started off the proceedings for the Hatfield side.
With enough help for the bowlers, Shaikh kept a very tight field expecting an early breakthrough.
The decision turned out to be a positive one when Mehta bowled the opening batsman for two with the total on nine.
Preet Singh joined the party soon after when he produced an unplayable delivery to clean bowl Spencer for two.
At 19-2, the visitors were looking under pressure. In came Griffiths, who supported Wicks and got to the total of 45 before Mehta dismissed Wicks for 15.
Next to get out was Miller for seven, Preet Singh again producing an unplayable ball to get him lbw with the total on 53-4.
Hatfield Crusaders were at the top of their game at this point.
This was the time when the Crusaders took over and attacked with some brilliant bowling.
St Margaretsbury's next three batsmen all scored ducks and two were picked up by Shaikh.
Captain Shaikh also snapped up Griffiths, who scored 17.
Aman Singh was introduced and he bowled four overs for one wicket, giving away no runs off his bowling.
Shiva replaced Shaikh and he collected the last wicket off his fourth ball.
The visitors could only manage to score a total of 69.
This gave Crusaders victory by 113 runs.
Man of the match for the victorious team was Amit Singh.
He put in an excellent batting performance under pressure to help his side to the win.
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