St Albans Cricket Club Sunday 2nd XI v Journeyman CC on Sun 05 Sep 2021 at 13:00
St Albans Cricket Club Won by 107 runs

Match report In true English summer style, as the season draws to a close the weather takes a turn for the better and happy memories can be stored over the winter months in anticipation of restarting the following year! Although saying that, this game will live slightly longer in the memory than most as the warm summer sun brought the continued blossoming of two of the clubs talented youngsters.

The easy decision of batting first was made by the home skipper on winning the toss on a wicket that was used the day before in anticipation of posting a decent score and letting the spin-heavy bowling attack lose later in the day. The St Albans innings started with some wayward bowling which allowed Tarrant to get his eye in whilst Grant can count himself unlucky to have got a good one that took the top of off stump. Law joined Tarrant and added 51 between them before Law was unlucky to play-on for 18. Lowe then fell to a similar dismissal which brought Ahmed to the crease who took to the Jouneymen bowling with controlled aggression, hitting 8 boundaries in a quick fire 31. Tarrant completed a well-deserved half century before frustrating being caught behind the last ball of the opposition's most dangerous bowler. This brought Church to the crease to joined the experienced Hall (29*) who guided the St Albans innings all the way to the 40th over, putting on an unbroken 133 run partnership with James. 110 of those were scored by James Church who reached 50 off 31 balls and then his second 50 off only 20 balls to complete a masterful innings of amazing controlled hitting including 8 4s and 8 6s.

With a decent score on the board the skipper had the luxury of turning to Altaf Hussain whose opening spell alongside fellow opener Prath Khatavkar set the tone for what would be an efficient and effective stint in the field for the St Albans team. Altaf returned figures of 2 for 27 and Prath 1 for 22. Pelham (1 for 42 off 8) then continued the hard work and was unlucky not to pick up more wickets as the Journeymen's middle order looked to accelerate the run rate in the chase of a big target. Wickets then continued to fall at regular intervals (Law & Tarrant picking up wickets) which limited the run rate further. Church, turning his hand to bowling, impressed again and even took a diving catch. If it were not for the excellent keeping of Tom Rayden - both standing up and standing back - there would have been a call to see if he could complete a full house of the cricketing discipline mastery! With the sun setting behind the trees, Hall (1-15) and the returning Hussain got through the final overs to see the home to victory by 107 runs.

St Albans Cricket Club Sunday 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
5nb 12w 5b  
for 5 wickets
Zachary Tarrant ct Uday 58
James Grant b James 0
Rory Law b Alan 18
Ed Lowe b Uday 2
Dulon Ahmed ct Uday 31
Jonny Hall Not Out  29
James Church Not Out  110
Thomas Rayden  
Md Altaf Husain  
Prath Khatavkar  
George Pelham  

Journeyman CC Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

Journeyman CC Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
3nb 9w 4b  
for 6 wickets
159 (40.0 overs)
N.Bloch Not Out  78
Fraser b Khavaktar 6
Giles ct Hussain 7
A.Bloch st Law 14
Prochin b Pelham 26
Holm b Tarrant 6
Mustafa b Hussain 4
Patel Not Out  0

St Albans Cricket Club Sunday 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Md Altaf Husain8.0127213.503.38
Prath Khatavkar5.0022122.004.40
George Pelham8.0042142.005.25
Rory Law5.0029129.005.80
James Church5.001200.002.40
Zachary Tarrant4.00818.002.00
Jonny Hall5.0015115.003.00