St Albans Cricket Club 4XI v Berkhamsted III on Sat 13 Aug 2016 at 13:00
St Albans Cricket Club Lost by 15 runs

Match report High flying Berkhamsted III's visited Sandpit Lane aiming to keep the pressure on the league leaders Harpenden, while Saints were hoping to ease further away from the relegation zone.

Berko won the toss and elected to bat on a good looking deck, but Saints opening bowlers, Alfie Tinkler (0-24) and Rehan Ul Haq (1-22), kept their openers relatively quiet with challenging opening spells that deserved more than the single wicket they yielded. The pressure began to tell on the batsman, however, and a run out soon followed, with further wickets falling to Adam Murphy (1-26), Nadeem Arif (1-28) and Faz Nisar (1-42), who continued to probe. Berko rallied towards the end, with Brierley compiling a determined half century, supported by Parnell (37), and leading Berko to a competitive but by no means unassailable score of 179-5 from their 40 overs.

Manny Nisar (16) and Nick James (12), leading Saints reply as usual, made an steady start against Berko's pacey openers but both perished in quick succession before 40 runs were on the board following early changes to the bowling attack. A flurry of wickets followed as Saints slipped to 60-5 and it was left to Najib Khan (48) and Mick Eames (30) to rebuild the innings and get the run chase back on track. The latter guided Saints past 140, but perished in the 34th over as he sought to accelerate the score. Some big hitting from Ul Haq (13) and smart batting from Murphy (2) and Arif (7) kept Saints in the hunt, but Berko kept chipping away with regular wickets. Arif was last man out in the 39th over leaving Saints just 16 runs short of their target.

Overall, a close game that was played in great spirit and with other results going Saints way, both teams can claim to have accomplished their objective for the day.

Man of the Match: Najib Khan (48)
Other notable performances: Mick Eames (30)

Berkhamsted III Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
4nb 5w 16b 3lb 
for 5 wickets
178 (40.0 overs)
P Dudley Caught  5
J Todd Caught  20
E Mackie Run out  10
D Brierley Not Out  59
W Gardner Bowled  9
A Brierley Caught  10
S Parnell Not Out  37

St Albans Cricket Club 4XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Alfred (Alfie) Tinkler5.002400.004.80
Rehan Ul Haq8.0022122.002.75
Nadeem Arif7.0028128.004.00
Adam Murphy8.0026126.003.25
Faizan Nisar8.0042142.005.25
Najib Khan4.002500.006.25

St Albans Cricket Club 4XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
6nb 7w 9b 5lb 
for 10 wickets

(38.4 overs)
Nick James Caught  12
Nauman Nisar Bowled  16
Faizan Nisar Bowled  0
Andy Saunders Bowled  0
John Webber Bowled  7 1
Najib Khan Caught  48
Michael Eames Caught  30
Rehan Ul Haq Bowled  13
Adam Murphy Caught  2
Nadeem Arif Bowled  7 1
Alfred (Alfie) Tinkler Not Out  0

Berkhamsted III Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

  • Umpire :
    From the XI
  • Scorer :
    As above