Chorleywood 2nd XI v St Albans Cricket Club 2XI on Sat 28 May 2022 at 12:00
St Albans Cricket Club Won by 52 runs

Match report Another sunny day shone down on the Hertfordshire countryside as an in form twos side headed to the construction site of Chorleywood. Unbeknown to all barring Supreme Leader Coulman and Club Captain Howeson, the Chorleywood pavilion is under a major redevelopment, leaving no discernible facilities of note (luckily Coulman actually reported these facilities after the match...).

Keeping the 100% record at the toss, Coulman won (note there were no coins so it was grass behind the back - left hand the winner) and elected to bat on what looked like a decent track. Openers Sharif and Hounslow got off to a flier, tucking away the bad balls and batting positively in the opening overs. A 50 partnership was brought up around the 10 over mark and a score of 250+ was looking on the cards. However, just as soon as these thoughts entered the heads of the players on the boundary things changed.

Hounslow and Howeson both trapped LBW, Macca claiming two more victims to this seasons tally - Howeson no doubt a recurring name in the McKinlay locker. Coulman swiftly followed after, whilst run machine Sharif reached another 50. However, St Albans good start suddenly looked in peril. Rosson now at the crease with the unmoved Sharif, the St Albans innings was hoping for a resurgence.

After a smart piece of work by the Chorleywood fielder, the stumps were thrown down with Rosson seemingly comfortably home. A muted appeal, Rosson began walking back to the crease. Suddenly, the finger goes up - Jim adjudged out of his ground. Rossons day, over. The slow trudge off. The temper tantrum. The flying bat and gloves. The expletives. The refusal to engage in conversation. It was not a happy period for Jimmy Rosson, or cricket as a sport. St Albans were on the slide.

Sharif was then joined at the crease by Jonny Hall after pleading to be moved up the order, skipper Coulman agreed and now was the time for Hall to repay the captains goodwill. Unfortunately West was walking to the crease, and Halls hopes of batting up the order in tatters. West and Sharif the began to rebuild, some nice stroke play from Sharif well supported by West and a stand of 36 was looking to grow. Unfortunately the running by Caswell and Rosson at Holtwhites was replicated and West was done like a kipper, two batsmen at one end. St Albans looking below par at 144-6.

Some strong hitting from Billy May helped Adil move the score along, unfortunately power hitting the splice didn't work for Sharif and he was heading back to non-pavilion for a well made 87 and an innings that really kept St Albans in the fight.

May carried on the push to 200 with some big hitting, picking up the Abbey Aquatics Shot of the Day along the way with a glorious cover drive. Murphy untroubled the scorers but with some good striking from Church (trying to hit one into the nearby Church every other ball) and Curran taking after his schoolkids hit and run cricket, St Albans were bowled out for 190. What felt a below par score, a good fielding display was required.

The Chorleywood innings began steadily, but without loss and was showing what could have been a promising start to the chase. The runs didn't come easily, Church bowling and extremely tight spell for only 5 runs - not conceding a run until his third over. May at the other end bowled balls very deserving of wickets but the Chorleywood openers were able to put away the bad balls.

Hounslow came on first change and really dried up any runs coming to the opening pair. This pressure brought the first wicket, a desperate slap to the gracious hands of Coulman at mid off. St Albans early pressure finally coming off. This pressure carried on into Coulmans' bowling and the partnership of Hounslow and Coulman conceded few runs and the frankly excellent display in the field aided this tight bowling.

A brilliant catch low to the left of resident giraffe Church at mid-wicket, brought the second scalp for Hounslow. A partnership was always looking around the corner for Chorleywood but more excellent fielding was hampering this, this time in the fashion of another smart catch of the bowling of Hounslow by Sharif.

Some tight bowling by Coulman brought the wicket of the danger man Tyler who was the main run scorer in the Chorleywood innings. As told later in the bar, bowling him around his legs, when in reality a ball spun into his pads and trickled onto the wickets. Followed very quickly by an excellent piece of work by Jonny Hall in the deep running out the Chorleywood number 6 - despatched with a Hall send off of "Don't take 2 to me fella!". St Albans were on top and could smell blood, the skippers words ringing in the ears of the fielding side. This was a display to be proud of.

Hall and Murphy replaced the skipper and excellent Hounslow who finished with 3/16 (still unable to beat his U11s best of 3/11). Hall picked up where Hounslow had left off and spun away the lower order, picking up 2 classic off spinners stumpings along the way - Rosson collecting himself post tantrum to pull out some very smart work behind the stumps. Murphys wicket picked up the plaudits for the St Columba's Holy Moment of the Match, Howeson at midwicket claiming a fairly straightforward catch, but dropped to his knees to pray as he caught the ball.

By this stage the game was done, St Albans attention turned to stopping Chorleywood claim any batting points. In the end May claimed the final wicket of the match and Chorleywood ended on 138.

A brilliant effort in the first innings by Sharif and one of the best collective fielding displays many could remember in the second innings. Up to third in the table the 2s move.

St Albans Cricket Club 2XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
13w 1b 4lb 
for 10 wickets
Adil Sharif ct Unsure b J Rice 87 122 14 71.31 1
Adam Hounslow lbw P Dunning 24 39 3 61.54 1
Matt Howeson lbw P Dunning 0 2 0 1
Oliver Coulman b P Dunning 1 14 7.14 1
James Rosson run out  (Unsure) 6 5 1 120.0 2
Jonny Hall b N Ret 1 7 14.29 1
Zach West run out  (Unsure) 14 40 2 35.00
Billy May b J Rice 20 16 3 125.00
Adam Murphy b W Bryant 0 5 0
James Church Not Out  13 26 1 50.0 1
Joey Curran ct P Dunning b J Rice 6 8 75.00

Chorleywood 2nd XI Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Neil Ret10.0235135.003.50
Max Davies8.003900.004.88
Jonathan Rice8.212337.672.76
Peter Dunning9.0133311.003.67
Michael Brown3.502300.006.00
Will Bryant8.1132132.003.92

Chorleywood 2nd XI Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
17w 1b 4lb 
for 10 wickets
138 (45.0 overs)
Will Bryant ct O Coulman b A Hounslow 15 27 55.56
R Kennedy ct J Church b A Hounslow 18 64 28.12
R Tyler b O Coulman 36 54 66.67
Ben Frais ct A Sharif b A Hounslow 0 15 0
Neil Ret run out  (J Hall) 0 3 0
Jeremy Hinds st J Rosson b J Hall 16
Peter Dunning ct J Hall b J Hall 8 15 53.33
Freddie Dare ct M Howeson b A Murphy 0 3 0
Jonathan Rice Not Out  21
Max Davies st J Rosson b J Hall 0
Michael Brown ct A Hounslow b B May 2

St Albans Cricket Club 2XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Jonny Hall5.011133.672.20
Adam Murphy5.0026126.005.20
James Church5.03500.001.00
Oliver Coulman7.0017117.002.43
Billy May8.0039139.004.88
Joey Curran4.001800.004.50
Adam Hounslow10.031635.331.60

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