Watford Town III v St Albans Cricket Club 3XI on Sat 11 Jun 2022 at 13:00
St Albans Cricket Club Lost by 58 runs

Match report St Albans Threes ventured to Watford Town for their round six fixture, gathering by the ground which was devoid of any useful facilities.

The toss was lost, and so Saints were in the field to begin proceedings.

On his threes debut, Khatavkar, asked to run up the hill, found an early edge which was comfortably held by O’Toole at slip. A second was added to his tally shortly after as Law hung on to a fine catch in the covers. It was already apparent that the hosts would be batting positively on what turned out to be a decent wicket. With a downhill slope to one side, and a short boundary on the other, the batters had enough advantage without the need for a selection of deliveries that missed the right line or length.

Fortunately Button found some rhythm to keep Watford Town in check, a beauty sending the fluorescent yellow middle stump cartwheeling artistically, and the batter back to the sheds, er, tree. Even better was what followed. A short delivery from Button was lifted high to leg, Berry running around to clutch the ball from the air - a candidate for catch of the season.

Button finished with 4/37, and at 7/125 Saints held the advantage. However an 8th wicket partnership of 55 changed the complexion of the game, with Bhatti in particular able to find the short boundary. O’Toole (2/14) and Winfield finally put an end to the innings, by which time 190 was on the board, a tally aided by 32 extras.

After an encouraging start, Nisar found himself caught out, and then Street was cruelly adjudged LBW. A succession of batters gave themselves a start, but found ways to get out, handing the advantage to the hosts. Frustratingly, it seemed that the judgement of wides had been re-assessed at the tea break, to Saints’ detriment. With a pair of hard to understand LBW decisions also going against the visitors, umpiring exerted too great an influence on proceedings, though it would be foolish to lay the blame for inevitable defeat in this direction.

O’Toole, in at 8, gave Saints a chance, as he found the boundary almost at will. Even after his departure for 34, the game was not done, but the mountain of runs left proved too much for the tail to climb, the Threes 58 runs - a long way - short in the end.

Not the best run out for the team, it will be important to take some lessons from defeat into the coming weeks.

Watford Town III Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
3nb 21w 8b  
for 10 wickets
190 (38.1 overs)
Muruganandhi b  Button 41 7
Khan ct  O'Toole b Khatavkar 2
Hutchison ct  Law b Khatavkar 14 3
Prest ct  Winfield b Button 6 1
Rayaz b  Button 13 2
Dushyant ct  Berry b Button 5 1
Bhatti ct  Winfield b O'Toole 50 7 1
Elbourn ct  Thomas b Walker 0
Rajkurpar b  O'Toole 28 3 1
Canning ct  Law b Winfield 0
Watson Not Out  0

St Albans Cricket Club 3XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Jacob Winfield7.0025125.003.57
Prath Khatavkar5.001628.003.20
Alfie Button8.003949.754.88
Lucas Berry7.005500.007.86
Andrew Walker8.0235135.004.38
Richard O'Toole3.111427.004.42

St Albans Cricket Club 3XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
10w 15b 5lb 
for 10 wickets
Nauman Nisar ct  - b Javed 6
Samuel Street lbw  b Canning 9 1
Rory Law ct  - b Canning 17 3 2
Alfie Button ct  - b Canning 3
Jacob Winfield ct  - b Bhatti 7 1 2
Phil Caley b  Watson 1
Lucas Berry b  Khan 10 1 1
Richard O'Toole ct  - b Bhatti 34 7 1
Hugo Thomas lbw  b Bhatti 9 2 1
Andrew Walker b  Javed 6
Prath Khatavkar Not Out  0

Watford Town III Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

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