Hatfield Hyde ready to capitalise on World Cup fever all over again

PUBLISHED: 17:53 06 May 2019

Hatfield Hyde is planning plenty of events to mark the ICC World Cup. Picture: KEVIN LINES

Hatfield Hyde is planning plenty of events to mark the ICC World Cup. Picture: KEVIN LINES

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World Cup fever is set to grip the nation again for the second summer running and Hatfield Hyde Cricket Club hope it will play a big part of their exciting plans for the new season.

While it was football that was in the spotlight last year, this year cricket looks set to reclaim its throne as the number one summer sport when the ICC World Cup arrives on these shores.

And Hyde have plenty of events to mark the occasion.

Chairman Stuart Johnson said: “We are holding our own World Cup Weekend from Friday, June 28, which will include a women's softball cricket tournament on the Friday evening, a junior world cup on Saturday and an U9 festival on Sunday morning.

“That is followed by a senior 20/20 match on Sunday afternoon.”

And it is not just off the pitch where the club are planning to shine.

The three senior teams at Beehive Lane in Welwyn Garden City are all targeting competitive league performances in their respective division in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League.

And for the first and second teams the hope is simple.

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“We want promotion for both,” said Johnson.

“Our 3rd team will provide a great opportunity for junior players to experience senior cricket and make their way through into the higher levels.

“And we are looking for continued growth in junior cricket with participation and league performance.

“We will be running a full programme of junior teams and for the third year running will host sessions of the ECB-driven All Stars programme aimed at boys and girls aged between five and eight.

“That starts on June 1.”

The club already have existing youngsters who have come through their junior programmes and are ready to make their mark in the senior teams, something the club are very much looking forward to seeing.

Johnson said: “We have a keen group of teenagers who have been at the club for some years now and they are ready to make strong contribution.

“We have a particular eye on Luke Wells, who is 19-year-old, and Scott Davies who is 18.

“Both are establishing themselves as regulars in the first and second teams.”

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