Ickleford 2XI v St Albans Cricket Club 2XI on Sat 06 Jul 2019 at 13.00
St Albans Cricket Club Won 2 wickets

Match report With our leader and chief stepping in for the 1s at short notice, the 2s were led out by the wise old owl R O’Toole. In his first job, Toole successfully lost the toss and St Albans were put in the field.

A positive start led by Ben (2-29) and Charlie (3-19) meant that Ickleford were floundering at 31-5. Toole spotted that both bowlers were tiring and decided that a double change was required and brought on our young bowling wizard Sammy and allrounder Saqib. Sammy instantly made an impact taking a wicket in his first over and then a further three to finish with impressive stats of 4-15. Special mention must go also to our resident tea watchman (Murph dog) who managed to snaffle a truly world class catch at deep midwicket to give Sammy his third wicket. However, Sammy was unable to take the final and his fifth wicket with a severe case of the jug avoidance - but did give Saqib a deserved wicket (1-25) that was safely taken by boundary sweeper extraordinaire Stu Murray.

So Ickleford had been bowled out for 91 in an impressive bowling and fielding performance on a fairly benign pitch. Our step in captain then gave a rousing speech about responsibility and not leaving it to the next batsman. St Albans were given 15 overs before tea in order to make a start on the potential banana skin of a chase. Unfortunately the top order couldn’t quite deliver the captain’s orders and were promptly 2-2 in the first over. This gave much hope to the opposition and further wickets continued to tumble with only Harry Seagrave showing his ability with a quick fire 22.

At tea St Albans were “fairly well set” with only 40 runs to chase and still five wickets in hand. Or to look it another way were 50-5. The self-proclaimed tea watchman truly lived up to his words and duly fell in the first over after tea by deciding to walk for a dubious caught behind. Good sportsmanship or just a case of doing his job and seeing in tea? No-one will know.

Further wickets fell, which left our skipper and Navla to try and see us home. Still needing 40 to win, the runs required soon started to tumble with positive batting from both men at the crease. However, having tried to “sweep on length not line”, Toole was given out LBW in somewhat dubious fashion. Toole was not particularly pleased some might say, which led to some discussion between the teams and also some very interesting characters in the crowd. It therefore came to Sammy and Nav to see St Albans home with 12 runs still required. Although everyone were not worried about the lack of wickets with the experience and ability still in the hut there was still relief when Sammy hit the winning runs to deservedly give St Albans the 30 points.

Sometimes the points are more important than the performance and certainly the second half of the match attested to that. The batting will certainly need to improve for next week with an enormous match against local rivals, and top of the table, London Colney

St Albans Cricket Club 2XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 8 wickets

(30.0 overs)
Harry Seagrave  
Ashish Dean  
Sandipan Chanda  
Saqib Malik  
Stuart Murray  
Naveed Ahmed  
Amit Rajani  
Richard O'Toole  
Ben Adshead  
Sammy Kumar  
Charles Smith  

Ickleford 2XI Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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Ickleford 2XI Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
96 (24.0 overs)

St Albans Cricket Club 2XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Charles Smith8.031936.332.37
Ben Adshead7.0029214.504.14
Sammy Kumar5.011543.753.00
Saqib Malik5.0025125.005.00

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