St Albans Cricket Club 3XI v Wheathampstead II on Sat 09 Jun 2018 at 1pm
St Albans Cricket Club Won by 6 wickets

Match report At the sixth time of asking, the IIIs finally came good to register a redemptive win, over Wheathampstead IIs.

With Verulam School’s fixtures playing havoc with pitch preparation, the advice from curator Caley was to bowl first. Winning the toss gave Walker the opportunity to do just that.

Opening up, Scott found some life in the opening overs with the ball hopping around a little while Baylis, welcomed back to the lineup, bowled with good pace. The introduction of Winfield (Sr.) yielded success as he bowled ten overs straight for the fine figures of 3/30, his first wicket a brilliant return catch taken inches from the ground.

At the other end, Price had once again picked up a wicket with her first delivery, well caught by Melling, an almost carbon copy of action from the week before. The middle overs saw Wheato draw back into their shells a little. Captain Li played a good hand before falling to Moksy, after which the hard hitting Akram took over, powering Wheathampstead on beyond a 200 run total. Baylis pitched in with some perfect straight deliveries, and Price collected her second of the afternoon.

Wickets had continued to fall through the afternoon, and the bowling unit worked hard without much fortune, but somehow the visitors had accumulated a 200+ run total and so Saints felt a little ragged as they retreated for the tea break. With a season’s high score no better than 129, Saints knew they would have to exceed expectations to reach a target of 210 - would this new line-up gel better?

Ferguson got things moving with some superb cover drives, but fell in the sixth over, bringing Scott to the crease. Almost immediately he started striking the ball well, and the fielding positions were set more defensively. Saints’ progression was aided by the unusual bonus of a 5 run penalty when the ball hit a helmet, positioned behind a fumbling keeper. Good running and some well struck shots quickly saw the run rate climb beyond five an over, with Walker - unusually placed as opener - also playing his part. The score had reached 92 when Walker perished for 31, and a good deal of confidence had been restored.

Melling played a cameo, but by now Scott had taken over in his swashbuckling fashion, looking to score off every ball. More calmly Rich Baylis (28no) found the gaps, his singles giving the strike to Scott. It became a charge towards victory for the rampant Scott, but somehow he fluffed his lines when he was bowled for 98. A century would have been a deserved result, but Harvey took the dismissal in his stride, comfortable in the knowledge that his innings had taken his team to the brink of victory - one which duly followed a few overs later.

And so Saints took the win and 30 points, with an undoubted sense of relief. With many contributions, this was an excellent team effort, but the plaudits go to man of the match Scott. Next up, a visit to Ware - the IIIs will hope to build on this winning momentum.

Wheathampstead II Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
1nb 11b 1lb 
for 9 wickets
209 (50.0 overs)
Danbury-Nolan ct  & b Winfield 31 5
Aseysekera ct  Winfield b Scott 10 1
McEwen ct  Melling b Price 5
Li ct  Baylis b Islam 56 7
Kiek lbw  b Winfield 2
Porter ct  Melling b Winfield 3
Akram b  D.Baylis 52 8
Martin b  D,Baylis 7 1
Mason b  Price 6 1
Ahmad Not Out  5 1

St Albans Cricket Club 3XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Harvey Scott7.0031131.004.43
Dan Baylis9.0038219.004.22
Amy Price10.0144222.004.40
Tim Winfield10.0130310.003.00
Andrew Walker10.023600.003.60
Moksudul Islam 4.0010110.002.50

St Albans Cricket Club 3XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
2nb 3w 13b 3lb 
for 4 wickets

(41.0 overs)
Steve Ferguson b  Danbury-Nolan 13 3
Andrew Walker lbw  b Li 31 4
Harvey Scott b  ? 98 15 1
Peter Melling st  ? 12 2 2
Richard Baylis Not Out  28 2 1
Moksudul Islam Not Out  2
Amy Price  
Marcus Cunnington  
Tim Winfield   2
Dan Baylis  
John Webber  

Wheathampstead II Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

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