Hatfield Town CC 'making up for lost ground' in 2021

Hatfield Town are hoping to build on a record-breaking season in the Pontefract & District Cricket League.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 11:35 am
Updated Friday, 16th April 2021, 12:33 pm
James Stewart, left, in action for Hatfield Town.
James Stewart, left, in action for Hatfield Town.

Town recorded their highest ever finish last year by ending the shortened top flight campaign in sixth place.

Off the pitch, however, things were a lot tougher due to coronavirus.

The club, which is also a registered charity, hope to get their community pavilion project back on track this year.

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Hatfield start their Division One campaign at home to Hooton Pagnell on Saturday.

HTCC trustee Martin Winstanley said: “As a club our aim for 2021 is to make up for the lost ground as a result of the Covid impacted 2020 season.

“Our first and second men’s teams finished in club record highs of sixth and third in Divisions One and Four in 2020 which was a massive achievement given we are a charitable organisation with limited resources.

"We re-invest every penny raised back into the club and do not pay any players or employ an overseas professional so a repeat of that would be a huge success.

"We will be looking to recruit a new group of Under 9s to follow in the footsteps of our existing age groups and to give the current junior teams as much practice and game time as possible to compensate for a lost year. This will include getting our talented under 15s boys into regular Sunday League game involvement.

“Our women and girls section has been hugely successful and the aim will be to develop a second team made up of youngsters that will then fill the boots of the current team in years to come.

“Our community pavilion project took a big hit due to the Covid pandemic and we will be hoping to get that back on track in 2021.

"The club are always on the lookout for new sponsors and supporters and would encourage anyone interested in helping their local charity club in its ambitions to get in touch with us at [email protected]

Askern Welfare, who finished second in Division One last season, start their season at Frickley Colliery.