Southgate Adelaide III v St Albans Cricket Club 4XI on Sat 03 Aug 2002 at 1:30
St Albans Cricket Club Won St Albans win by 6 wickets

Match report After last weeks trip around Essex and East London, David Haygate had no trouble with directions for the ground. That task was left to captain, Ade Hallchurch, who was forced to wait for the 'sleepy' Uzman Zaman, who has vowed to change the batteries in his alarm clock.

After a half hour delay, St Albans were jubilant at winning the toss on a damp and grey afternoon at the Winchmore Hill/Northampton Exiles ground in the darest depths of North London (see first paragraph).

Uzman Zaman, fresh from his extended lie in, bowled with his usual fire and passion to take three early wickets and hand the initiative to St Albans.

However, his departure to the pavilion to snatch a drink signalled bolwing chnages, and no-one could quite match his consistency. The Southgate middle order made hay for a handful of overs, despatching whatever loose balls came their was with some distain.

David Haygate was brought into the attack and his only over proved to be quite entertaining. A missed catch was followed by an avalanche of runs, and then, a tremendous boundary catch by Radleigh 'The Snake' Tant, balancing himself carefully to stay inside the boundary.

The restoration of a well-watered Zaman, backed up by a marathon 19 over spell from Simon Marriott at the other end, ensured the brakes stayed on for the rest of the Southgate innings. They were forced to declare at 203-9 with 52 overs complete. Zaman finished with another 5 wicket haul.

St Albans started off positively, moving to 50 off the first 14 overs before they lost the first wicket.

Ade Hallchurch and new man, Alistair Deighton then played poor shots to lose their wickets. However, the reliable Pat Sylvester cemented the innings in his now customary style. He had moved onto 48 when he was unlucky to edge the ball into his face and caused damage to his glasses. He was robbed of another half century, as he was destined not to return.

Simon Marriott picked up where Sylvester had left off, and steered the side through the glook and murk of another late evening to steer the side to a win seven wicket win and 30 points. Raj Hehta, Richard Williams and Tim Fretter all chipped in, but it was Marriott's unbeaten 64 which became the difference between victory and defeat.

Un fortunately, the results did not go our way and although Hemel Hempstead were beaten, Harpenden won easily against next weeks opponents.

As the team are at home, the entire playing XI should have no problems finding the venue and look forward to a win title winning match against Monken Hadley.

St Albans Cricket Club 4XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 4 wickets
Patrick Sylvester Retired Not Out  48
Adrian Hallchurch Caught  14
Alastair Deighton Caught  6
Simon Marriott Not Out  63
Richard Williams Bowled  20 1
Raj Mehta Lbw  10
Tim Fretter Not Out  2
Uzman Zaman  
Ben Morris (Mr Barman)  
Radleigh Tant  
David Haygate  

Southgate Adelaide III Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Southgate Adelaide III Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 9 wickets
203 (0.0 overs)

St Albans Cricket Club 4XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Uzman Zaman17.044158.202.41
Tim Fretter8.0117117.002.13
Radleigh Tant3.001500.005.00
Simon Marriott19.0653226.502.79
Alastair Deighton4.002800.007.00
David Haygate1.0019119.0019.00