WGC cricketers in the running for two prizes

PUBLISHED: 16:07 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:26 26 October 2009

CRICKETERS from two Welwyn Hatfield clubs were in the running for trophies at this year s annual borough sports awards. Hatfield Crusaders, who play at Roe Hill Hall in Briars Lane, and WGC were both up for the Club of the Year award. WGC s title-winning

CRICKETERS from two Welwyn Hatfield clubs were in the running for trophies at this year's annual borough sports awards.

Hatfield Crusaders, who play at Roe Hill Hall in Briars Lane, and WGC were both up for the Club of the Year award.

WGC's title-winning 1st XI were also nominated for the Team of the Year prize and just missed out to Herts Phoenix AC's all-conquering senior women's squad.

The Digswell Park-based cricket club enjoyed a hugely-successful 2007 season.

Martin James led the 1st XI to glory in the Home Counties Premier League. He guided them to promotion into the ECB top flight for the first time in the club's history.

This was achieved with a side blending youth and experience, boasting eight current Herts player, the county coach and the coach of the Herts U17 team.

Two other WGC sides were also promoted last summer, with the newly-formed 5th XI winning their division.

The club also enhanced links with nearby Monk's Walk School and ran a successful summer school over six weeks for juniors.

Cricket rivals Crusaders also flourished last year, with both the Hatfield club's senior sides winning promotion and the colts' section expanding from 11 members to more than 50.

Also nominated for the Club of the Year was the Hatfield-based Beaumont Diving Academy, which made a splash in diving circles with club members completing a clean sweep of the Herts county titles once again.

Welwyn Warriors Lacrosse Club was shortlisted having enjoyed success on the field of play and expanded to run junior teams and a women's side.

The tremendous work done at Mill Green Golf Club by head professional Ian Parker and his team of coaches was acknowledged with a nomination for the Tiger Club, the Gypsy Lane course's highly successful junior section which now boasts more than 100 young members.

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