St Albans Cricket Club 1XI v Old Elizabethans on Sat 17 Aug 2019 at 13:00
St Albans Cricket Club Won By 57 runs

Match report It was back to back wins for the 1st XI as they enjoyed a comfortable 57 run victory at home to Old Elizabethians. The new covers at CP (already tarnished by some fox poo on top of the covers, though Matt “chemtrails” Howeson was claiming something more conspiratorial) meant that most of the pitch was bone dry, bar perhaps the kind of length Joe Regan has found so rewarding this year. Nonetheless, with overcast conditions, OEs elected to bowl first.

Much like England’s woes since the retirement of Andrew Strauss, the 1st XI’s opening partnership was typically short, Hall clunking one tamely to mid-off. Coulman then looked as out of form as he looked in form last week, a particularly scratchy 0 for the purists, despite briefly being on 999 on the scoreboard. Joe Regan fortunately was playing a different game, playing some regal strokes which appeared to rub off on Hounslow as well, as the run rate progressed nicely, 75-2 off 15. Regan (31) fell after being a bit greedy with a straight delivery, whilst O’Toole (33) also looked in command until trying to cut one off middle stump against the spin.

Throughout all this, Hounslow showed admirable grit and application (with the odd sprinkling of luck) to anchor the innings, exactly what the 1s have been missing this year. At number 6 White batted like a true “playaaaaa” (as O’Toole insisted on saying), with some archetypal bludgeons over mid-on and mid-off. However, the impetus of the innings was certainly lost after Hounslow’s dismissal for 69, with Capaldi (getting out to yet another leading edge off a full toss), Howeson, and Seagrave (trying to hit it into York Road) falling for 1 run combined. Special mention to Howeson for a classically unlucky dismissal; triggered by an umpire who had given nothing all day despite being miles down the pitch and outside the line, only to then be pinned on his dodgy elbow by the fielder when trying to complete a run. Cue Howeson on his knees at the non-strikers end, a tragic picture if ever there was one. A strong final over from Roche (12*) complimented White’s excellent innings of 50*, leaving St Albans with a good score of 227-8 off their 50 overs.

White (1-29) struck in his first over despite his bemoaning of bowling into the wind yet again, a slow-motion snick behind to Kendal. Roche (1-16) again bowled well, picking up the wicket of the OEs overseas player (though Bangladesh A surely need to reassess their selection policies based on his performances against St Albans this year), and combined the two bowled economically for the first 17 overs, leaving OEs with a lot to do. As ever, golden arm Regan (3-39) struck early doors, the remaining OEs opening batsman (who battled hard for his 34) clothing one in the air to Howeson at mid-wicket, yet another scalp for the Regan-Howeson combination. This left OEs 60-3 off 22 overs, which quickly descended into 87-6 after 30 overs. Seagrave (3-31) struck early on in his spell, White deserving some credit for loudly predicting a wicket before that very ball as the batsmen had failed to run an easy single. Kudos to Howeson also for moving himself into first slip due to his sunglasses, only to take a good catch immediately afterwards off Regan’s bowling, a surprisingly conventional dismissal for that pairing.

In truth, St Albans should have been more ruthless from their dominant position, with the OEs number 6 making 44, and the 9 and 10 also offering contributions in their pursuit of batting points, much to the displeasure of socialites O’Toole and Roche in particular. White also resorted to just shouting “hit it” from the boundary a few times after a few leaves in the final ten overs of the game, such was the level of boredom. As Capaldi aptly summarised, that was an hour of our lives we would never get back. OEs limped to 170-10 off 48.5 overs, a frustrating period, but still 30 points on the board and a comfortable victory for the Saints. The 1s travel to league leaders Holtwhites next weekend in what will certainly be a more challenging task.

St Albans Cricket Club 1XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
1nb 13w 5b 2lb 
for 8 wickets

(50.0 overs)
Jonny Hall ct Gomes 8 1 1
Adam Hounslow ct Holland 69 6
Oliver Coulman lbw Holland 0
Joe Regan b Busby 31 4 2 1
Tom O'Toole b Shah 33 6
Simon White Not Out  50 6
Max Capaldi ct Holland 1
Matt Howeson lbw Busby 1 2
Harry Seagrave b Busby 0 2
Jacob Roche Not Out  12 1
Harry Kendal   1

Old Elizabethans Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

Old Elizabethans Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
1nb 13w 3b 3lb 
for 10 wickets
170 (48.5 overs)
Shah ct Regan 34
Barber ct White 0
Hoq ct Roche 11
Amit b Seagrave 12
Gomes ct Regan 9
Thanki Run out  44
Busby ct Regan 5
Holland ct Seagrave 3
Kiddle ct Seagrave 17
Shiheri-Peel ct Capaldi 14
Heavey Not Out  1

St Albans Cricket Club 1XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Jacob Roche8.0216116.002.00
Simon White10.0029129.002.90
Joe Regan10.0039313.003.90
Max Capaldi8.5136136.004.08
Harry Seagrave10.0031310.333.10
Tom O'Toole2.001300.006.50

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