Hertford IV v St Albans Cricket Club 3XI on Sat 02 Jul 2016 at 13:00
St Albans Cricket Club Lost by 24 runs

Match report In a game of ebbs and flows, the IIIs had only themselves to blame for defeat at Hertford following a calamitous collapse in the chase.

At Balls Park, the hosts surprisingly chose to bat first, with clouds again threatening to dampen this rain-filled summer.

Little and Everdell soon had the better of the experienced top order batting line-up, after some injudicious swipes. From a score of 3/16, Riddle held the innings together, but his departure for 40 left the tally on 5/82 after 35 overs - Saints were riding high. But a change in the game's direction was afoot, as the younger brigade of Timms and Orchard set about their task wisely and sharply, to add 72 in 16 overs. Perhaps a bowler short on the day, Saints allowed the tally to reach 166 in the maximum 53 overs. Credit goes to Little (4/27) and Everdell (2/33) for their 15 over spells at the top.

Refreshed by a fine tea, and taking confidence from a benign wicket and a short boundary, Saints were positive despite Hertford's late recovery. Karunanayake, looking untroubled, played some imperious strokes and had added 67 with Crisp in 19 overs, before an ill-judged run saw him well short, out for 38. Crisp and debutant Shah (32), and then Adshead, continued the run-scoring, and the watching lower order relaxed as the runs required fell below 50, with 8 wickets in hand.

In the hands of most teams, victory should have been assured from this point, but then came a remarkable - though, for Saints, not unique - collapse. From a position of strength at 2/121, disaster struck time and again, as numbers 6, 7, 8 and 9 failed to muster a single run between them. Before much longer, the IIIs were all out, having lost 8/21 - not wanting to wallow in numbers, its worth noting that the partnership sequence was 5, 0, 0, 0, 0, 4, 4 and 8. From a decent line-up, this was deplorable.

On a good pitch, against bowling that was nothing more than persistent, this was surely one of our most embarrassing efforts, a true omnishambles. Behind the anguish that resulted from this collective harikari, there was surely the thought - "aren't we are better than this?"

Hertford IV Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
9w 5b 5lb 
for 8 wickets
166 (53.0 overs)
Page ct  Crisp b Little 7
Spring b  Everdell 10
Horton lbw  b Everdell 0
Patel ct  Crisp b Little 0
Riddle ct  Parkinson b West 40
Eaton ct  Khan b Little 0
Benham b  Little 5
Timms Not Out  43
Orchard st  Crisp b Karunanayake 39
Holman Not Out  3

St Albans Cricket Club 3XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ben Adshead3.001000.003.33
James Everdell15.0433216.502.20
Jon Little15.052746.751.80
Zach West6.0130130.005.00
Andrew Walker9.013500.003.89
Harsha Karunanayake5.0122122.004.40

St Albans Cricket Club 3XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 8w 4b 1lb 
for 10 wickets

(44.3 overs)
Toby Crisp ct  - b Orchard 28 3 1 2 1
Harsha Karunanayake Run out  38 6
Mohammed Shah lbw  b Timms 32 3 1
Ben Adshead ct  - b Orchard 11 1
Charlie Parkinson ct  Riddle b Benham 5 1 1
Afroz Khan Run out  0 1
James Everdell b  Timms 0
Jon Little ct  - b Timms 0
Michael Eames b  Holman 0
Zach West Not Out  6 1
Andrew Walker lbw  Benham 4 1

Hertford IV Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

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