St Albans Cricket Club 2XI v Harpenden III on Sat 02 Jul 2022 at 12:00
St Albans Cricket Club Won By 95 runs

Match report With skipper Coulman yet again deserting his side for the 1XI, this time to incite riots with his renditions of Swedish pop music, his parting words of encouragement to the group chat on Friday night included his gathering of intel that Harpenden were fielding a weakened side - some questioned this strategy of mentally preparing a team to perform by telling them the team they’re due to play are literally not even in their league, as it was mostly compiled of Harpenden 4XI players. Surely all giant killings start this way?

With Adil also joining Ollie in the 1XI, the opener spot fell to West, and he and Hammer commenced the Saints innings after Howse lost the toss and was told to bat on a surface that has quickly depreciated in aesthetic since its lack of attention in the last few weeks.

Despite this fact, the pitch for the most part played true in the early stages, and after West’s scare in the 2nd over where he chipped it up to midwicket in such a dolly-like fashion that he proceeded to start walking before it reached the fielder who shelled it, things were slow going but solid for the first 10 overs.

Just as the shine was no more, West thought best to let the rest of the top order cash in on the buffet spread on offer. Zach has made an unfortunate habit of plating himself up a sizeable portion at said buffets on the occasions he has opened the batting this year, but yet always seems to forget to bring his cutlery. Instead, he proceeded to aid Winners in his dog sitting duties for the lovely Lola, the pooch passed into our care after a dog sitter let one of the Harpo players in the lurch earlier on that Saturday morning. Howse gladly accepted the offer presented to him by West, and batted well with Hammer who was motoring on, passing 50 and raising his bat to his parents on the sidelines whilst largely ignoring his teammates.

Before long, club stalwart Hammer was in the 90s and after neglecting to run a 2 to leave himself on 99, went to 3 figures for the first time since 2018, much to the pleasure of his teammates. Again, Hammer solely acknowledged his makers - a touching moment, and it would later turn out that his dad has by chance managed to witness both of his centuries, leading West to enquire why he isn’t at the cricket every week?!

Jimmy joined Howse, and even with his numb bum, he started to compile runs in elegant fashion. Howse was soon back in the hutch, throwing a mini bat chuck and pad slam tantrum at the fact he had undoubtedly missed out on another big one.

Rudders and Jimmy carried on the good work, amassing a 97 partnership in quick fashion largely consisting of Jimmy’s big hitting as he would end up with 71 off 48 deliveries, including the voted shot of the day - a big hit over cow corner.

After a late cameo from Tooley, the total was 304, and the game considered all but won. With the strong seam attack on offer, there were plenty of options at Howse’s disposal and JC and Badshead kicked things off.

As has become custom for the former, he could not find that elusive wicket he so craves in his 10 over fill - Murph would remark to him that evening that it had been 27 overs since his last Saturday dismissal, a quite remarkable statistic when considering how well he has bowled in this period. Nonetheless, Badshead with his constant toe-touching prep before every ball took the first few wickets, cutting through their 1, 2 & 4 and also enacting the run out of their number 3, executed by Rudlin at square leg during his spell.

As rain began to loom, Hammer was brought on to race us through to 20 overs in order to guarantee the 30 points. In his full 10 overs, he would again bag a 3-for, capping off an incredible performance for the unanimous TAVAH Man of the Match.

Broxton replacing Badshead, claimed the wicket of their key batsman McNeil who had put up the most notable resistance to that point in the Harpenden innings. In truth, the fielding display was relatively sluggish in parts as we coasted to victory - a number of almost comical misfields occurred, most notably from Broxo cube making a meal of a ball slapped out to him on the boundary.

Death bowlers West and O’Toole raced to end the game earlier than the full 50, and to avoid a delay as rain begun to fall, with the latter obliging in his second set as he converted from spin to his usual seam and found the stumps.

In the end, Saints ran out 95 run winners with consummate ease, although could well have pressed on to end the game sooner with better standards in the field. Alas, another 30 points sees the 2XI consolidate their position at 2nd in the table as we reach the halfway point this year. Redbourn await next week as we aim to put right our failure from the first day of the season.

St Albans Cricket Club 2XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
2nb 9w 3lb 
for 4 wickets
Adam Hounslow b b Gupta 115 108 16 106.48 1
Zach West lbw b Umar 14 44 31.82
Matt Howeson ct b Chadli 39 58 3 67.24
James Rosson Not Out  71 48 7 2 147.92 1
Andy Rudlin ct b Dyson 30 28 2 107.14 1
Richard O'Toole Not Out  17 7 3 242.86
Jacob Winfield   1
Thomas Broxton  
Joey Curran  
Ben Adshead  
Daniel Rosson  

Harpenden III Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

Harpenden III Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
3nb 19w  
for 10 wickets
209 (49.3 overs)
D Whitely b Adshead 26 47 41 63.41
M Voigt b Adshead 7 27 12 58.33
A Dyson run out (Rudlin) 2 15 5 40.0
S Dasgupta ct J Rosson b Adshead 10 29 22 45.45
J McNeil b Broxton 64 88 58 110.34
M Taylor ct Winfield b Hounslow 43
B Fagg ct Hounslow b Broxton 8
A Card lbw b Hounslow 12
A Nichols b Hounslow 5
M Umar b O'Toole 8
G Chadney Not Out  4

St Albans Cricket Club 2XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Joey Curran10.004000.004.00
Ben Adshead10.0042314.004.20
Daniel Rosson4.012800.007.00
Adam Hounslow10.041535.001.50
Thomas Broxton8.0032216.004.00
Jacob Winfield5.003900.007.80
Richard O'Toole1.30818.005.33
Zach West1.00500.005.00

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