Great Gaddesden v St Albans Cricket Club 3XI on Sat 09 May 2015 at 1:00pm
St Albans Cricket Club Won By 4 wickets

Match report St Albans IIIs opened their 2015 campaign with a win in a competitive game against Great Gaddesden at their opponent's picturesque ground. Saint's skipper Eames won the toss and due to the dampness of the track had little qualms about bowling first. Excellent opening spells by Hay and U13 bowler Adshead kept GG quiet with Hay picking up two wickets in his excellent opening spell of 2 for 17 in 10 overs. During GG's recovery from 34 for 3 to 94 Tom O'Toole bowled some excellent balls in his 9 over spell of 1 for 43 and once he found his length Rehan chipped in with a couple of wickets. The returning Adshead and evergreen Richard O'Toole finished the GG innings off with figures of 2 and 3 for 17 respectively. GG's final total of 148 was indebted to J Crawley's (no not that one) 45 and P Warren's 23 in their middle order and an unbeaten 21 by C Ambrose (no not that one either) which enabled them to add 38 for their last 3 wickets.

Saints' innings started haltingly with Jamie Regan, another of the U13 contingent and Steve Ferguson falling with only unlucky 13 on the board. Crisp and Jadhav undertook valuable repair work, only for both to fall to the excellent Ambrose (no still not him) each with 26 runs to his name. With Faz Nisar falling quickly, again to Ambrose (3-39 in 10 overs) it was game on with young Tom O'Toole and skipper Eames at the crease and the score at 74 for 5. O'Toole jnr settled quickly and looked in little trouble as GG's skipper, Cheeseman Snr, rung the bowling changes in an effort to put pressure on the Saints' lower order. With O'Toole keeping the scoreboard moving with 1s and 2s and Eames putting most bad balls to the boundary, Saints moved to 135 before O'Toole holed out to mid-wicket with probably his first false stroke, his score of 26 worth a lot more in the context of the game and it was left to skipper Eames to hurry the conclusion with three leg side boundaries in five balls leaving Saints victorious by 4 wickets.

A competitive game played in an excellent spirit by both sides in an extremely pleasant setting is hopefully an auspicious start to the new season.

Great Gaddesden Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
1nb 16w 2b 2lb 
for 10 wickets
148 (43.4 overs)
J Cheeseman Snr b  Hay 6
M Bolton b  Tom O'Toole 11
R Hulin b  Hay 0
J Crawley ct  Hay Bowled Rehan 45
P Warren b  Richard O'Toole 23
J Cheeseman Jnr ct  Crisp Bowled R O'Toole 0
G Mackay ct  R O'Toole Bowled Rehan 9
J Moore b  Adshead 11
C Ambrose Not Out  21
D Hearn b  Adshead 0
S Upton ct  Rehan Bowled R O'Toole 1

St Albans Cricket Club 3XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Christian Hay10.011728.501.70
Benjamin (Ben) Adshead9.0221210.502.33
Tom O'Toole9.0043143.004.78
Faizan Nisar3.001200.004.00
Rehan Ul Haq6.0132216.005.33
Richard O'Toole6.421735.672.55

St Albans Cricket Club 3XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
3w 4b 3lb 
for 6 wickets

(38.5 overs)
Jamie Regan ct  Cheeseman Jnr 11 2
Steve Ferguson b  Mackay 2
Shantanu Jadhav b  Ambrose 26 4 1
Toby Crisp b  Ambrose 26 3 1
Tom O'Toole ct  Upton 26 2
Faizan Nisar lbw  Ambrose 0
Michael Eames Not Out  48 7 1
Richard O'Toole Not Out  0 1
Benjamin (Ben) Adshead  
Christian Hay   1
Rehan Ul Haq   1

Great Gaddesden Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Cheeseman Jnr10.0044144.004.40

  • Umpire :
    From the XI
  • Scorer :
    As above