We enjoyed a great day on Sunday 29th August to remember a great cricketer and character. Many players and club members, past and present, turned out to pay tribute to Raja whose influence on the club will remain for many years to come.
Club Honorary President, Nigel Snawdon, spoke movingly about the talent and personality that made Raja a great friend for many people, and led everyone in a minute’s applause for the man who many agree was the best cricketer ever to play for Hatfield Hyde CC.
We then enjoyed a 30 over game during the afternoon; past players against a selection from our current teams played in a great atmosphere and we saw some entertaining cameo appearances with bat and ball!
We were delighted to see so many of Raja’s family join us for the day and we unveiled a Memorial Board with photos and messages from club members, which will take pride of place in the tearoom.
The day finished with a fantastic banquet of curry and we spent an evening full of reminiscence of Shujaat Rajput; a great cricketer and gentleman.