Parkfield & Headstone II v St Albans Cricket Club 4XI on Sat 15 Jul 2017 at 13:00
St Albans Cricket Club Lost by 5 wickets

Match report An underwhelming batting performance against top of the league Parkfield and Headstone which saw Saints post only 111 runs was the primary reason for a disappointing loss.

Batting first in damp and drizzly conditions on P&H’s undulating pitch, Saint’s stronger than usual line up made a poor start when Faz Nisar flashed at a wide ball and nicked off in the first over. He was followed soon after by his brother Manny who was also caught behind, though from a better ball. Two down with only 7 runs on the board was not the start we hoped for.

Najib Khan made a good looking 14 in partnership with Michael Martin who bashed 17 before both departed, followed shortly afterwards by Nick Ralfe who never really got going. Jim Everdell steadied the sinking ship with a typically pugnacious 36 before being well caught on the boundary to his visible annoyance. Kevin Ralfe misjudged the flight of one and was stumped on 4 before Nadeem Arif, playing his first league game of the season, managed to score 24 classy runs before he too was sent back to the pavilion.

Bowlers Andy Saunders, Craig Roseman and the not out Sammy Kumar only added a paltry 5 runs between them before the innings closed on the aforementioned Nelson. The opposition bowling was good but not spectacular and a few of the Saints batsmen will be reflecting on their decision making and lack of patience I’m sure.

It was never going to be enough against such strong opposition but credit to the Saints bowlers and fielders who made them earn every run. A tidy opening spell from Everdell and Arif, including a wicket for Everdell (the first of two for him) , set the standard with Saunders coming on first change and tying down an end and Roseman also keeping things tight. Another two wickets went down when Sammy Kumar’s leg spin was introduced and Michael Martin, Faz Nisar and Nick Ralfe all bowled well to no avail as the Saints total was surpassed with 6 and a bit overs to spare.

A couple of dropped catches in the slips didn’t help matters but equally mention should go to a couple of excellent catches from Faz Nisar and Michael Martin.

Disappointing then but some positives to be taken from the game and the indications are that there are better days ahead for this team.

St Albans Cricket Club 4XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
1nb 4w 2lb 
for 10 wickets

(33.3 overs)
Nauman Nisar Caught  3
Faizan Nisar Caught  0
Najib Khan Caught  14
Michael Martin Caught  17
Nicholas (Nick) Ralfe Bowled  1
James Everdell Caught  36
Kevin Ralfe Stumped  4
Nadeem Arif Caught  24
Andy Saunders Bowled  0
Craig Roseman Bowled  5
Sammy Kumar Not Out  0

Parkfield & Headstone II Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Virgo 8.0131310.333.87
T. Malik8.0234134.004.25
A .Malik1.00300.003.00

Parkfield & Headstone II Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
2nb 4w 4b  
for 5 wickets
115 (33.2 overs)
Sharmar Stumped  20
Riyatt Caught  18
Zaman Lbw  1
Khan Caught  32
Asghar Run out  7
Ahmed Not Out  24
A.Malik Not Out  4

St Albans Cricket Club 4XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
James Everdell7.1035217.504.88
Nadeem Arif4.01800.002.00
Craig Roseman4.001600.004.00
Andy Saunders 4.00800.002.00
Faizan Nisar3.001300.004.33
Sammy Kumar3.001527.505.00
Michael Martin3.01800.002.67
Nicholas (Nick) Ralfe3.01717.002.33