Caley knock sees St Albans to opening victory

PUBLISHED: 16:09 09 May 2011

Phil Caley

Phil Caley

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Experienced batsman leads Saints home

SHL Division One

Berkhamsted 157-7

St Albans 158-7

St Albans won by three wickets

AFTER losing the toss and being asked to bowl on a wet wicket St Albans’ openers Afroz Khan (0-18) and Martin Jones (1-28) bowled tightly without reward beating the edge on a regular basis.

First change bowlers James Rosson (3-34) and Jon Smithers (1-38) had better luck taking quick wickets. The run rate was well controlled throughout the innings and the Berkhamsted tail was not allowed to wag. Ben Ramsay returning after spending a year out injured to claim two wickets.

Saints openers knew the first 10 overs would be vital and Matt Howeson and Ian McKinlay played some probing seam bowling well.

St Albans then took their opportunity to score quickly in the middle overs and Smithers on debut made a quick fire 42 to keep the asking rate manageable. The win was then secured in good time thanks to the experienced Phil Caley (37*) partnered by Rosson to top off his good day with the ball.

This was a good win for St Albans but there will be sterner tests to come.

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