With the halfway point of the season on the horizon the 4’s travelled to Hatfield and Crusaders 2nd ground looking to continue their excellent run.
Arriving in plenty of time a walk out to the middle revealed what appeared to be a difficult pitch and upon winning the toss we decided to bowl first to have a look what it would do.
Chandra and Tim opened up and started well having them 2 down early with Chandra taking both and when Tim produced a triple wicket maiden in the 9th over we should of been on cloud nine but having seen what the pitch was doing we were exceedingly apprehensive as balls were clearing the batsmen’s head off a length and also scuttling along the floor. Bar made bowling changes with Krishna and Satchin coming on and continued to take wickets but with too many extras being conceded we were making it more difficult for ourselves with every ball.
Eventually we bowled the oppo out for 66 with Krishna taking his first 5fer for the club and as 20 overs had been bowled we turned round straight away. Adam and Amit opened and weathered the first few overs but there was always going to be a ball with your name on on this pitch and soon we were 3 down for only 11 runs. Amit and Karl hung around for a while and got us to 30 odd but both soon departed and when Chandra then went first ball we were in trouble at 39-6. Tim joined Alex at the crease and ticked the score to 51 but when Alex fell quickly followed by Satchin we still required 15 to win 8 down. Krishna entered the fray to join captain Ellis but the inevitable eventually happened and a ball just short of a length reared up and connected with the skippers head and unfortunately the game had to be stopped due to a bad injury.
Tea was taken while this was dealt with and an ambulance called but with the blood stemmed and a helmet now on Tim returned to the middle and he and Krishna stuck around to get the team over the line as the paramedics looked on in bewilderment. The Hatfield team were a good bunch and no blame should be attributed to them but this was a poor advert for cricket today with a outright dangerous pitch that was not fit for purpose.
Next week is a top of the table clash with Datchworth where Bar will look to keep our title charge on track