Rickmansworth CC v St Albans Cricket Club 2XI on Sat 03 Aug 2019 at 13.00
St Albans Cricket Club Won by 12 runs

Match report It's a phrase as old as Caley or Mardle. Catches win matches. And once the Second XI worked out how to do so at Rickmansworth on Saturday it lead to a win which up to the first drinks break looked unlikely.

Set a tricky 196 to win on a pitch which the home umpire warned would be a little erratic, the openers put on 73 before they were parted. Shah in particular rode his luck in making 39 before Amit removed him LBW, a decision which he chose to let of the town and some of West Watford know he was not happy with. Praise to the first change bowlers too. Amit Rajani & Adam Murphy, who was often reminded of his U19 figures from the previous evening, bowled straight through for combined figures of 3 for 44. Their efforts, along with catches from Phil Caley & the first of the afternoon from Dom Watkins, pushed the run rate beyond 5.5 on a pitch where fast scoring was risky. Saqib Malik, Ashish Dean and Dan Rosson were tasked with the the closing overs with 97 required from 17. Dean dismissed Alishah Hussain to a good catch in the deep by Dan Rosson but with boundaries hard to find the rate kept rising. Farhan Hussain went big only to find Murphy loitering by the scorebox. Khan tried to follow suit only to pick out Watkins (number 2) who took his third, and best catch (and easily best celebration) to remove Shah. With 13 required form the last, James Rosson stumped Latif to bag the 30 points.

Earlier, Saints batted in a similar manner. A quick start, particularly the 36 from Tom Wyldes, was stymied by the slower bowlers. The curious run out of Wyldes (Nav Ahmed ran, stopped and walked off only to pass Tom before the bails were removed) may never be repeated. Saqib (27) & James Rosson (30) tried to push the run rate but fell in doing so. Phil Caley & Amit Rajani picked up what proved to be 34 useful runs from the last 26 balls.

A good 30 points to gain given the situations faced during the match. The leaders in 5A both lost which leaves the Seconds 51 points from a promotion place. Bentley Heath, in fourth, visit Clarence Park next weekend. Final thanks to Clive Maynard for umpiring. Did anyone catch the name of the scorer...

St Albans Cricket Club 2XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
4nb 13w 1b 1lb 
for 7 wickets
Ashish Dean lbw M Khan 11 18 1 61.11
Tom Wyldes run out  (Unsure) 36 52 7 69.23
Naveed Ahmed ct Unsure b M Khan 8 39 1 20.51
Saqib Malik b F Ahmed 27 49 4 55.10
James Rosson lbw F Ahmed 30 67 3 44.78 1
Dominic Watkins st F HussainU Majid 8 25 32.00 3
Phil Caley Not Out  29 28 3 103.57 1
Ben Adshead ct Unsure b U Majid 4 9 1 44.44
Amit Rajani Not Out  23 18 2 1 127.78
Adam Murphy   1
Daniel Rosson   1

Rickmansworth CC Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Majid Khan10.0234217.003.40
Brett Harvey8.004100.005.13
Faizan Ahmed10.0225212.502.50
Naghman 'Cookie' Latif10.033200.003.20
Aliraza Shah9.003300.003.67
Usman Majid3.0028214.009.33

Rickmansworth CC Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
17w 2b 5lb 
for 10 wickets
183 (49.1 overs)
Maz Shah lbw A Rajani 39 61 4 63.93
Ibrar Hanif ct P Caley b A Murphy 27 62 4 43.55
Farhan Hussain ct A Murphy b D Rosson 27 63 42.86
Usman Majid ct D Watkins b A Murphy 1 12 8.33
A Hussain ct D Rosson b A Dean 10 29 1 34.48
F Ahmed b S Malik 27 32 2 1 84.38
Majid Khan ct D Watkins b D Rosson 5 6 83.33
Naghman 'Cookie' Latif st J RossonA Dean 17 19 2 89.47
Aliraza Shah ct D Watkins b D Rosson 0 4 0
Faizan Ahmed b S Malik 6 6 1 100
Brett Harvey Not Out  0 1 0

St Albans Cricket Club 2XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ben Adshead6.002100.003.50
Daniel Rosson10.0049316.334.90
Amit Rajani10.0121121.002.10
Adam Murphy10.0323211.502.30
Saqib Malik9.0139219.504.33
Ashish Dean4.1023211.505.52

  • Umpire :
    Clive Maynard
  • Scorer :
    Chris Mountain