Wheathampstead II v Aldenham Cricket Club on Sat 16 Jul 2022 at 13.00
Aldenham Cricket Club Won by 6 wickets

Match report Wheathampstead 2nd XI vs Aldenham CC

On a rare Saturday where no-one at the parish was arguing over whether you can trust the forecast or not, Aldenham travelled to sub-Saharan Wheathampstead to do some sun-bathing and play some cricket. To put the weather in to context, even #league junky Pichy had no interest in leading a warm up, instead the ACC team dispersed into various areas of shade awaiting Chris to brave the sun and do the toss…….fielding first – bollocks.
Levers and Sheikh took the new ball and set about dismantling Wheathampstead’s top order, Sheikh striking first with a sharp legside catch from Itty and then trapping the no.3 in-front LBW. The other opener had started scoring freely down the ground, until trying his luck one too many times against Levers who clean bowled him. Not long afterwards, with Levers stood at the top of his mark, those two magical words were uttered “jug ball”, lovely line and length, catches the outside edge – Dropped!! Itty gets his right hand to it and Chris and Pichy can only stand and watch in the slips as the ball falls agonisingly out of reach.
With the hosts struggling at 30odd for 3, it was time for the spin of Dipen to try and really turn the pressure up. It wasn’t long before the Wheathampsted no.5 ran straight past one and continued off to the pavilion! It could have been 2 for Dipen when the simplest of return catches was popped back towards him only for it to be decided after some initial celebrations that it was in fact a bump ball and not out – we only have ourselves to blame really, it should have been obvious that the umpire’s finger was up to explain that the ball had bounced. Barry was given the nod for the other end and confidently stated that he was just going to focus on the top of off…..2 balls later and we had a very fine leg and a third man in place. Thankfully Barry got the radar sorted long enough to get 2 in 2 balls, first being a smart caught and bowled and then trapping the new bat LBW first ball, Aldenham were on a roll.
For years, ACC have been crying out for a middle over specialist with the ball and we may have finally found the man for the job. Colin Hewett decided that the hottest day of the year was the best time to don those whites once again, and what a decision it was, 5 overs 3 maidens 4 runs for 2 wickets! Wheathampstead must be sick of the initials C Hewett after Chewy dismantled their batting line up in the reverse fixture! With Ebay bowling a tight spell from the other end picking up one wicket himself, the pair managed to completely dry up the runs and put an end to any thoughts of a Wheathampstead fightback. 133 All Out from 32 Overs – incredible stint in that heat.
Chris Munroe and Andy Tyrer opened the batting in what looked like a straightforward chase on paper, but when Chris’s nemesis Cresslad got one to rise off a length and catch the shoulder of his bat, ACC were 0-1 after 1 over. This brought Pichy to the crease on his return after the vicious attack on him by The Liverpool Lip kept him side-lined for half the season…..not long later he was back on the side-lines after providing catching practice to the fielder at midwicket. Andy Tyrer was showing the others how to bat, being very watchful of the deteriorating pitch and waiting for the bad balls to be dispatched. Deepak came and went without troubling the score too much, bringing Itty to the crease on 39-3.
What followed was nothing short of child cruelty as Itty proceeded to repeatedly launch the ball (and all the replacement balls) as far into the woods as he physically could off of the youthful Wheathampstead spin bowlers. The damage had been done when he finally mistimed one to get caught in the deep for 49 off 20 balls, including 28 off one over! A very impatient Barry Letts then joined Andy T at the crease and the pair knocked off the remaining 30 or so runs in double time to bring home a big 30 points and some much-needed cold beers.

Wheathampstead II Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
27w 4lb 
for 10 wickets
133 (32.0 overs)
Sykes ct  Haque b Ahmed 2
Abeysekera b  Hale 22
Dabare lbw  Ahmed 0
Li ct  Letts b Hewett 34
Lloyd N st  Haque b Sanghvi 20
Smith ct  & b Letts 4
Ishaq lbw  Letts 0
Blue-White ct  Haque b Hewett 1
Lloyd T ct  Sanghvi b Khaliq 0
Cresswell Not Out  11
Brandt b  Munroe 8

Aldenham Cricket Club Aldenham Cricket Club Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Tim Hale7.0033133.004.71
Sheikh Ahmed5.0029214.505.80
Dipen Sanghvi5.0029129.005.80
Basil Letts4.0027213.506.75
Colin Hewett5.03422.000.80
Ubaid Khaliq5.0110110.002.00
Chris Munroe1.00111.001.00

Aldenham Cricket Club Aldenham Cricket Club Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 10w 1b  
for 4 wickets

(19.4 overs)
Chris Munroe ct  Cresswell 0 6 0
Andy Tyrer Not Out  37 48 5 77.08
Steve Pich ct  T Lloyd 12 21 3 57.14
Deepak Sharma ct  T Lloyd 2 9 22.22
Itty Haque ct  T Lloyd 49 20 5 4 245.00 2 1
Basil Letts Not Out  21 13 3 161.54 2
Ubaid Khaliq  
Tim Hale  
Colin Hewett  
Dipen Sanghvi   1
Sheikh Ahmed  

Wheathampstead II Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
T Lloyd6.4045315.006.75