25 Jun 2019
County Cricket Champions

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Cricket Tuesday, 25th June

HSCA County Cup Competitions

U15 – Final

Habs 123 for 6 (20 overs) (Padki 56*, Dubignon 31)
Bishop’s Stortford HS 105 for 6

Habs won by 18 runs

U14 – Final

Habs 85 for 6 (20 overs) (Niyam Shah 36)
Haileybury 72 for 8 (Oodit 3 for 15)

Habs won by 13 runs

U12 – Final

Bishop’s Stortford HS 85 for 9 (20 overs)
Habs 86 for 3 (Bahel 33)

Habs won by 7 wickets


On a successful day for Habs at Woollams Playing Fields (St Albans), our teams won three of the four age group HSCA county finals, our best ever return. As a bonus, the U12 and U14 teams will go on to represent Hertfordshire as U13s and U15s respectively in national competitions next year.

In the U15 final, a fine half century by Ashish Padki (56*) with good support from his captain Kellen Dubignon (31) enabled Habs to post an imposing total given the conditions (overcast following overnight rain) of 123 for 6 in the allotted 20 overs. Our opponents, Bishop’s Stortford High School, lost two early wickets in reply, but then threatened to reach their target as an excellent partnership for the 3rd wicket gathered momentum. In the end, however, the required run-rate proved beyond them and Habs ran out winners by 18 runs.

The U12 final against the same opposition was a little more straightforward as tight bowling and fielding restricted Bishop’s Stortford to 85 for 9 in 20 overs, with wickets shared amongst the Habs bowlers. In reply, a partnership of 68 for the 2nd wicket in just 11 overs between Aarush Bahel (33) and Ayrton Malhotra (24) effectively sealed the result. and, although both were dismissed in quick succession, Kush Somchand and Rivaan Patel saw us home with more than 3 overs to spare.

The U14 final between the two best teams in the county was a low-scoring thriller, with Habs gaining revenge for the defeat by Haileybury earlier this term. In conditions conducive to bowling and with a slow outfield, Habs found run-scoring difficult and when Niyam Shah (36) was the 4th batsman to be dismissed, brilliantly caught and bowled, the outlook was bleak. However, some useful hitting by the lower middle order enabled us to set the opposition a target of 86. Fired up by Mr Haring (who knows more than anyone how to win this competition), Habs made early inroads into the powerful Haileybury batting. The opposition captain was immediately run out without facing a ball and this served to galvanise our attack. Haileybury were reduced to 30 for 6 before a late surge gave them hope, but in the end Habs emerged as worthy winners by a margin of 13 runs.

Many congratulations to all three teams and their coaches, Messrs Hewitt, Haring and McIntosh.


Habs U12A

Habs U14A

Habs U15A