St Albans II v London Colney Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI on Sat 16 Aug 2008 at 1.00pm
London Colney Cricket Club Won by 26 runs

Match report London Colney vs St Albans II
16th August at St Albans
London Colney 199-8, 53 overs
St Albans II 173 all out, 45 overs
London Colney won by 26 runs

A tight match at Clarence Park saw London Colney defend a sub 200 total against St Albans II to gain the win that almost certainly guarantees them division 3 cricket next year, but in a match that once again gave rise to the kind of ill-tempered recriminations that so often dog league cricket these days. After winning the toss, St Albans asked the visitors to bat first, and saw Colney set about grinding out a total. Paul Wise (42) put on 29 for the first wicket with Phil McLaughlin, and then added a further 41 with Matt Bristow(29) and 33 with Alex McCartney, who went on to top score for Colney with a well made 60. The St Albans bowlers kept the run rate under control however, and it wasn’t until the 43rd over that it climbed above 3 as McCartney and Tim Fretter (31) got things going. Khan was the pick of the St Albans bowlers, taking 4-38, and it was he and Sharp (2-17) who pegged Colney back at the death, limiting them to just 10 runs from the last three overs, and a final score of 199-8, which looked a bit short in the circumstances.
After losing Cook early, Howeson (21) and Wishnowsky went along well when Howeson, stepping down from the first XI, was given out lbw to a ball that may well have taken a bat edge. Wishnowsky went on to make 54 before being stumped by Alex McCArtney off the pace bowling of David Goff, and Sharp added 33 to his 2 wickets, but none of the other St Albans batsmen could build a significant innings. After Uzman Zaman claimed 3 of the first 4 wickets to fall, the day belonged to David Goff, who finished with 6-32, as St Albans collapsed to 173 all out. In the home side’s mind the defeat was all about the dismissal of Howeson, and some unpleasant accusations followed, but in truth, with 5 of the remaining batsmen passing double figures but still only making 150 between them, they should look a bit closer to home.

The St Albans CC website match report makes interesting reading...
"Any sympathy felt for London Colney during their game v's Cavendish and the decisions against them disappeared today in light of some very "helpful" decisions in their favour today.

Other than that, we fielded ad bowled averagely and then when batting hit too may balls in the air during our innings, 200 should not have been beyond us. (5 caught out!)

That said we should have seen off an average opposition who played better cricket but were not better cricketers, or umpires..."

I think congratulations lads, well played. Good luck with the rest of the season" might possbily the phrase they're looking for!

London Colney Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 7 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Matt Bristow Caught  29
Scott Hadley Lbw  0
Daniel Webster-Smith Not Out  2 1
Dave Goff Bowled  2
Tim Fretter Bowled  31
Matt Irvine   1
Phil McLaughlin Caught  10
Paul Wise Caught  42
Uzman Zaman Not Out  4 1
Andy Whitehead Bowled  0 1
Alex McCartney Bowled  60 1

St Albans II Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

St Albans II Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
173 (0.0 overs)

London Colney Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Uzman Zaman13.0045315.003.46
Dave Goff10.013265.333.20
Matt Irvine4.012000.005.00
Tim Fretter12.014600.003.83
Matt Bristow6.0027127.004.50