Abbots Langley II v St Albans Cricket Club 3XI on Sat 01 Sep 2012 at 12.30 pm
St Albans Cricket Club Lost by 1 wicket

Match report In a tight conclusion, Abbots beat Saints by a single wicket in a low scoring affair at Gallows Hill Lane.

St.Albans were asked to bat first, by an opposition keen to grab 30 points to keep their narrow promotion hopes alive. As has happened regularly, the IIIs batting never really settled. Ash Shah managed 28 and Manny somehow hit 22 despite looking out of sorts, but aside from this too many batsmen returned to the hutch with the remorseful words "Sorry, skip."

With just 126 on the board, attacking bowling and fielding positions were the only options. Ash Shah bowled an outstanding spell of fast and accurate bowling, knocking over the stumps for the first three wickets. At the other end, Walker kept the runs to a minimum, and Abbots could not build momentum. A crucial 8th wicket partnership between Bishop and Wallis took the chase forward, before Ashton's two wickets brought the match to a climax. Despite Shah's best efforts through a tireless 24 overs, it was not to be for St.Albans, Abbots edging home to their target of 127 in 56 overs, nine wickets down.

Inevitably in a game of such fine margins, debatable decisions were in the spotlight, and caused some misplaced frustration. But otherwise this was an excellent effort with the ball and in the field - perhaps even in defeat, Saints felt the better side on the day. A few extra runs with the bat would have validated this on the scoreboard.

St Albans Cricket Club 3XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
6nb 5w 2b  
for 10 wickets
Dominic Watkins ct b Parkins 10
Nauman Nisar b White 22
David Hancock b Parkins 9
Abbas Shah ct b White 14 1
Stuart McGregor b Wallis 4
Ashiq Shah ct b Rueth 28
John Webber ct b Rueth 12 1
Jonathan Burt b Rueth 4
Jon Little Not Out  8
Andrew Walker ct b Rueth 3 1
David Ashton ct b Rueth 1

Abbots Langley II Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

Abbots Langley II Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 9 wickets
127 (0.0 overs)
Parkins b Shah 17
Bishop ct Webber b Shah 10
Parmar b Shah 6
Maher b Shah 0
Gurney ct Shah b Walker 5
Handoll b Shah 6
M.Bishop Not Out  24
Merritt b Shah 1
Wallis ct Walker b Ashton 18
Rueth b Ashton 4
White Not Out  4

St Albans Cricket Club 3XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ashiq Shah24.0462610.332.58
Jon Little8.031500.001.88
Andrew Walker12.0612112.001.00
Dominic Watkins4.02700.001.75
David Ashton8.04723.500.87

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