St Albans III v Aldenham Cricket Club on Sat 28 May 2022 at 13.00
Aldenham Cricket Club Lost by 143 runs

Match report The sun was shining, the wind was blowing - couldn't have asked for a better day for it. The lads started rocking up around 12.15 preparing for the big day ahead. All but one parishioner had made the trip in time. Captain side hat chooses tails, which fails - toss lost and bowling. We’re all warming up, still waiting for our 11th man to show up - Dicky, like many others before him had driven to the postcode and realised there wasn’t a cricket pitch in the middle of the cul-de-sac. They had managed to make their way around the corner to the correct playing fields. Dicky on the other hand had decided to explore the wonderful town that is St. Albans for 45 minutes, then finally turning up speeding down the road and jumping out the car. Either way he made it.

Out we went, beautiful day - Jimmy B and Slick Vik to open up. Managing to keep the run rate at a minimum both bowling tidy spells. Jimmy B making the first breakthrough with a big LBW shout. Ebay replaces Vik at the top end - slowly followed by CT taking over from Jimmy B. Ebay makes a mess of the stumps for the second wicket. At this point we were in a strong position to keep them ticking at just 3 runs an over. Another young demoted St. Albans 2’s player comes into the mix, hitting some lovely strokes - before being caught very safely by Dipen off Wardy (greatly deserved). Shortly after Dipen replaces CT after a very solid spell (well bowled Cal) - run rate still looking short - Dipen rips, dips and clips the top of leg stump after bowling a ball that can only be described as pure fluke…sorry class! Followed shortly after by another great catch for the Skip off the Dip. Batsman 7 comes into play, certainly another Saint’s 2’s player who goes absolutely berserk at our two spinners. Very swiftly hitting a 50 off 20 balls (only 2 dots) - finding all the gaps and taking advantage of some tired legs. Either way, Vik coming back into the attack towards the end finished him off with a caught behind from Itty. The lefty who had been in from the start finally reaches his 50 after some very sensible batting - could definitely learn a thing or two from that man. He was finally gone, bowled by Jimmy B after replacing the late comer Dicky D - to get another very impressive caught behind from Slack. St. Albans 3’s & 2’s finishing on a total score of 237 - surprising as they were on 75 by drinks.

A quick and needed tea break followed - with a lot of chat about why CT’s hummus crisps didn’t have sesame seed paste in them - the chef among our group thought it was an absolute disgrace! Cheers Skip.

Opening up the batting were the hummus expert and the Chairman - first few overs both batting very sensibly against a couple of reasonably good seamers - maybe the St. Alban's 2’s players were being concealed till they seemed in trouble. Sadly, that was not the case as Simon is bowled, and then shortly after Chrissy is caught at long off after going big the two balls before. Ebay and Jimmy B are 3 and 4 - as soon as the Skip is gone Ebay finishes that same over with another 3 4’s - not too shabby. Both men needing to stay in for a while, as Jimmy B decides to play at a wide one and is caught at gully. The new man Paul (Welcome to ACC Mr. Marlow) replaces the Pimp at 5 and keeps the score ticking along until Ebay is caught after getting 19. Scotty Dipen in for Ebay, joining Paul who at this point was looking very sharp. Still a massive total to chase - was looking harder to reach as Dipen the masterclass leggy is bowled. With Itty now joining the mix - hitting the first ball for 6 (as predicted by everyone sitting by the pav) along with one badger in their team who knew how Itty loved to not defend the ball. Paul blocking well decides to take a quick single playing to cover, with Itty shouting NO, is run out after getting down half the track - maybe a slightly controversial one - but we move. Itty shortly after joins Paul, after getting caught on the boundary. The Aldenham collapse was in full flow - with Slick Vik also going for single figures after teasing himself with a boundary - next ball is stumped trying to hit it back into central London. The final wickets came quick, with CT hitting a couple of lovely 4’s then being caught and Dicky being caught in the covers.

All in all, it was a tough day at the office - let’s get a win next Saturday with the runners back from Edinburgh (well done Kate for absolutely smoking them all).

St Albans III Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
6w 5b 5lb 
for 8 wickets
237 (40.0 overs)
Dean lbw  Bazeley 8
Rudlin ct  Haque b Bazeley 67
Law b  Khaliq 6
Ralfe ct  Sanghvi b Ward 27
Murray b  Sanghvi 6
Caley ct  Munroe b Sanghvi 17
O'Toole b  Haque b Chudasama 54
Rayden Not Out  9
Davey b  Bazeley 2
Walker Not Out  0

Aldenham Cricket Club Aldenham Cricket Club Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
James Bazeley8.041635.332.00
Vikram Chudasama8.0238138.004.75
Ubaid Khaliq5.0031131.006.20
Callum Taylor4.002200.005.50
Dipen Sanghvi6.0061230.5010.17
Michael Ward7.0038138.005.43
Richard Doughty2.002100.0010.50

Aldenham Cricket Club Aldenham Cricket Club Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 7w 6b  
for 10 wickets

(26.1 overs)
Simon Letts b  Rosson 3 16 18.75
Chris Munroe ct  Davey 22 12 4 1 183.33 1
Ubaid Khaliq ct  Rosson 19 25 4 76.00
James Bazeley ct  Davey 6 16 37.50
Paul Marlow Run out  7 39 1 17.95
Dipen Sanghvi b  Davey 4 8 1 50.0 1
Vikram Chudasama st  Ralfe 4 13 1 30.77
Itty Haque ct  Ralfe 6 3 1 200 1
Callum Taylor ct  Ralfe 8 9 2 88.89
Michael Ward Not Out  0 12 0
Richard Doughty ct  Ralfe 0 3 0

St Albans III Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy