St Albans Cricket Club 3XI v Great Gaddesden on Sat 31 Aug 2013 at 1:00 pm
Match was Drawn

Match report A middle order collapse was the undoing of the IIIs with a draw leaving the team in the relegation zone for the first time all year.

Facing already relegated Great Gaddesden in a match that Saints needed to win, another lost toss put us on the back foot early. Gaddesden showed admirable resolve against the openers, and with little risk made a swift start.

In truth, neither side was ever on top on a typically sluggish wicket; the scoreboard kept moving even as wickets fell. Ypey finished with the fine figures of 4/25, while Walker chipped in with 3/22, as none of the visiting bats exceeded 31 in a 52 over total of 160.

The opening stanza yielded 32 and the score moved serenely to 50, dominated by Ferguson's 34, before the great crash. In a span of 9 turgid overs, Saints fell from 50-1 to 57-6 as the middle order collectively crumbled. Now the asking rate was more than 5 an over, with just 4 wickets in hand. Intentional or otherwise, runs were stifled by some leg side bowling that was hard to put away.

However Furnival and Hicks built a partnership that gathered momentum with excellent running between wickets. Furnival was particularly able to lift the rate, and a positive result was never quite impossible. Ultimately, Furnival's departure for a well worked 53 left a little too much to do at the end, and Saints fell 11 runs short.

The draw probably reflected a fair result - all credit to Great Gaddesden's battle throughout - but was not the result Saints needed. As results filtered in from across the League, it became apparent that the IIIs were now down to 4th from bottom, with just a crucial last round battle at Radlett (only 1 point ahead of us) to come.

Great Gaddesden Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
6w 8b 3lb 
for 10 wickets
160 (51.4 overs)
Cheeseman ct  Hancock b Furnival 31
Plummer ct  Walker b Little 20
Ambrose lbw  b Hancock 11
Javed ct  Furnival b Ypey 26
Farooq ct  & b Ypey 18
Hearn b  b Ypey 9
Teesdale ct  Watkins b Walker 3
Moore b  b Walker 14
Upton Not Out  9
Fendick b  b Ypey 2
Patis ct  Hicks b Walker 0

St Albans Cricket Club 3XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
David Hancock10.0231131.003.10
Jon Little7.0332132.004.57
Toby Furnivall10.0338138.003.80
Jack Ypey16.052546.251.56
Andrew Walker8.412237.332.54

St Albans Cricket Club 3XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 8 wickets

(48.0 overs)
James Ashton b  b Upton 13
Steve Ferguson b  b Ambrose 34
Dominic Watkins lbw  b Ambrose 2 1
David Christie b  b Ambrose 0
George Boddy b  b Hearn 0
David Hancock ct  & b Hearn 0 1
Toby Furnivall b  b Ambrose 53 1
Ben Hicks Not Out  14 1
Jon Little b  b Ambrose 15
Andrew Walker Not Out  4 1
Jack Ypey   1

Great Gaddesden Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

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31/08/2013 - St Albans III v Great Gaddesden - Great Gaddesden innings

31/08/2013 - St Albans III v Great Gaddesden - St Albans innings