St Albans Cricket Club 3XI v Chenies & Latimer on Sat 24 Apr 2021 at 12 noon
St Albans Cricket Club Won by 5 wickets

Match report Saints returned to Sandpit Lane, home of the 3rd and 4th XI, for a pre-season friendly against Chenies & Latimer on another sunny April afternoon.

Host skipper Walker lost the toss to visiting skipper Walker, and St Albans were asked to field first by their opponents from the Buckinghamshire league.

Saints' opening combination of O'Grady and Khatavkar made life difficult for the visitors, keeping runs at a premium. Newcomer Khatavkar, bowling impressively in his first visit to the SLCG, nabbed the first wicket. Introduced early into the attack, Dave Ashton then spun through the top order with three quick wickets in a fine spell of 6/3/11/3, putting St Albans well on top. At the other end, Winfield had found a rythym that stifled runs, too - six overs for just eight runs, and a stone dead LBW. At this point, C&L were 5/37 - but now experience was able to generate a partnership as Saints relaxed a little. Finally, Saunders induced a lofted shot that was well caught by Walker running across from deep mid-on. With wickets in hand, C&L were able to add more lower order runs, to creep beyond the 100 mark in the agreed 40 overs.

With a relatively insignificant tally to chase, Saints were clear favourites at this point, though with a bowler-heavy lineup the onus was to be on the top order batsmen to steer the ship. Eames began his season with a first ball boundary to get things underway. It was a shame to see Hancock play on - the ball occasionally played tricks on the early season wicket - for he looked likely to enjoy the bowling on offer. Instead it was Longbottom who took on the bowling, hitting hard whenever anything was in his zone, striking seven boundaries in all. However, with the total on 84, and a half century up for grabs, Longbottom succumbed to temptation and was bowled for 41. What followed was an embarrassing example of the classic St Albans middle order collapse, with two wickets lost with the scores level. It was left to Eames to nudge a single to complete a comfortable victory, his hand of 35 being the crucial knock.

Notwithstanding the win, for which the team should be pleased, there remain a few wrinkles to be ironed out before the league season begins, for there will be tougher opponents ahead. With a further set of practice matches next weekend, there is a final chance to hone the skills and bring a little more intensity to our individual and team efforts.

Chenies & Latimer Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
13w 6b 2lb 
for 7 wickets
102 (40.0 overs)
Moffit b  Khatavkar 3
Goddard hit wicket  b Ashton 9 1
Mead ct  Winfield b Ashton 3
Patel b  Ashton 8 2
Marsden lbw  b Winfield 1
Walker Not Out  32 4
Shipley ct  Walker b Saunders 10 1
Mehta b  Walker 0
Baggat Not Out  17 2

St Albans Cricket Club 3XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Prath Khatavkar8.0222122.002.75
Glenn O'Grady6.011500.002.50
Tim Winfield6.04818.001.33
David Ashton6.031133.671.83
Andy Saunders7.0020120.002.86
Mohamed Nijas Bin Abdul Jaleel2.001000.005.00
Andrew Walker5.02717.001.40

St Albans Cricket Club 3XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 3w 2b  
for 5 wickets
Michael Eames Not Out  35 5
David Hancock b  Shipley 9 2
James Longbottom b  Walker 41 7
Siva Battula b  Baggat 6 1
Mohamed Nijas Bin Abdul Jaleel b  Moffit 6 1
Prath Khatavkar b  Moffit 0
Andrew Walker Not Out  0 1
David Ashton  
Tim Winfield   1
Glenn O'Grady  
Andy Saunders  

Chenies & Latimer Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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