Old Albanians II v London Colney Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI on Sat 24 Jun 2017 at 1:00pm
London Colney Cricket Club Won By 10 Wickets

Match report London Colney 1st XI produced a sensational performance to dismantle league leaders, Old Albanian’s IIs on their own patch and surge to the top of Herts League 6A. Going into the top of the table clash unbeaten, but trailing OAs by 17 points following two frustrating draws, London Colney knew that the results in the fixtures between the two sides would have a big say in the title race and that losing further ground, could fatally harm their own title aspirations.

Aware of the quality of the batting wickets during 2017 and OAs record of successful chases, captain Scott Hadley had no hesitation in electing to field first upon winning the toss. Although a used wicket, the pitch looked true and with good pace and bounce and Colney were rightly pleased when early pressure from new ball pair Andy Cole and Tim Fretter saw the dangerous Zaffar bowled by Fretter for 6. This turned out to be a false dawn for the visitors as opener Saanwall and no. 3 Azhat combined to add 64 for the second wicket in quick time. The pair batted without caution and Colney created chances in every over and will doubtless look at 2 catches which went to ground in the gully and 2 thin edges which flew between the wicket keeper and first slip.

With the score at 70-1 from just 13 overs, skipper Hadley turned to his off-spinner Matt Bristow, hoping that taking pace off the ball would stem the run rate. His move paid immediate dividends with Azhat cutting Bristow’s second delivery to backward point to depart for 21. That wicket marked the start of a remarkable 14 over passage of cricket which saw the home side crumble from 70-1 to 107 all out. In his second over, Bristow removed Saanwal, caught at midwicket for 39 as the OAs batsmen continued to go for their shots. Cole, bowling with pace and control accounted for Najeeb LBW for 12, before two in two balls from Bristow left OAs reeling at 98 for 6. Two wickets in two balls for Cole, the second a searing bouncer fended to Hadley in the gully, reduced the home side to 101 for 8 and despite a few late order blows, Bristow removed the final batsmen to dismiss the home side for 107 in just 27. 3 overs. Colney’s off-spinner returned stellar figures of 6 for 12 from 7.3 overs (including being hit for a four and a six), ably supported by Andy Cole who registered 3 for 41 from his 14 overs.

With so much time remaining in the game, tea was not taken and the sides when back out immediately to begin Colney’s innings. Having seen the ease with which his own batsmen scored against Colney’s pace attack, the OAs skipper elected to open with his left-arm spinner Tanveer and his own medium pace. Colney’s opening pair of Zeiderman and Bristow found the going tough against Tanveer, but knew that with 72 overs available to them to chase 108, they could be conservative. Bristow, fresh from his bowling spell found no such difficulties against Ghulam, taking the OAs skipper for 6 boundaries in his first four overs and propelling Colney to 32 – 0 from 8 overs, just the quick start needed to ease any nerves in the dressing room. The damage to his figures caused the OAs skipper to rethink, bringing on his regular opening bowlers with the new ball. The extra pace and bounce was however, also to Bristow’s liking and he raced to 50 with 12 boundaries in the time that partner Zeiderman had added just 10. Zeiderman was not content to play second fiddle and unfurled a number of trade mark cuts and leg glances as he too took advantage of a flagging home attack.

Despite a couple of late alarms against the left arm pace of Babar and the returning spin of Tanveer, Colney duly completed the ten wicket win in the 20th over with Zeiderman registering his 7th boundary to move to 40 not out. Bristow lead the players off the field with 68 not out to go with his six wickets and Colney claimed the 30 points for the win. Perhaps more significantly, OAs were prevented from registering a single point which may prove a crucial reverse come the end of the season. Colney remain unbeaten in 2017 and march on to their next match against Old Finchleians II full of confidence and looking to extend their lead at the top of the table.

Old Albanians II Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
2nb 6w 4lb 
for 10 wickets
107 (27.3 overs)
Zafar b  T Fretter 6
Saanwal ct  M Bristow 39
Azhat ct  M Bristow 21
Najeeb lbw  A Cole 12
Sajjad ct  M Bristow 6
Zulfigur ct  A Cole 6
Chulham ct  M Bristow 0
Tanveer ct  M Bristow 1
Jordan ct  M Bristow 1
Bapar ct  A Cole 0
Zahad Not Out  5

London Colney Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Andy Coley14.0341313.672.93
Tim Fretter6.0044144.007.33
Matt Bristow7.331262.001.60

London Colney Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 0 wickets

(19.0 overs)
Rick Zeiderman Not Out  40 7 2
Matt Bristow Not Out  68 14
Graham Seymour   1
Scott Hadley   1
Tim Fretter  
Andy Coley   2
Dave Buss   1
Adrian Fisher  
John Pinkham   1
Dave Goff  
Simon Fretter  

Old Albanians II Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

  • Umpire :
    Mark Sampson
  • Scorer :