Regan misses out on ton but knock in Northwood victory wows Clarence Park crowd
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Jamie Regan produced one of the best innings to grace Clarence Park in many a year as St Albans romped to a five-wicket win over Northwood.
The talented 16-year-old will be left to rue just one thing – as he finished on 99 not out.
He dominated the latter part of the Saints’ innings having arrived as the number five batsman.
At that point St Albans were in full wobble at 35-4 but he and Robert Goddard were able to put on 56 for the fifth wicket to quell the supporters’ nerves.
The pair rotated the strike well but when Goddard was stumped for 24, the home side still needed 62 runs from the last eight overs.
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However, from that point on Regan took sole control and blasted 56 of those needed runs.
Matt Howeson did his best to give the youngster the strike with his running between the wickets but Regan was in supreme form.
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He finished the game with a lofted straight four and with the very next ball he smashed a six to spark wild celebrations.
Earlier it had been Simon White who had taken the plaudits.
He took 4-54 as he ripped through the middle order, including taking the wicket of Sangreet Patel who had made 77.
His successful period came at a time when Northwood had rebuilt following the loss of key wickets.
The visiting openers had looked in fine touch, hitting the ball crisply to the boundary multiple times in an opening stand of 76.
But the introduction of spin in Mark Telkman (2-21) saw the first breakthrough and he followed with the second too.
That was when Northwood rebuilt again with a partnership of 77 before White returned to turn the tide.
The victory was St Albans’ third in a row and it puts them seventh in the Division Two A table with a trip to basement side Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday.
The second team kept up with the top teams in Division Five A thanks to a 21-run win over London Colney.
Batting first they got to 264 with Harry Seagrave top-scoring on 58.
And although Colney got close, they were all out for 243 with one over remaining, Seagrave getting 4-43 and Charles Smith 4-42.
The fourths also won but in dramatic style, by just one run against Berkhamsted.
Najib Khan got 68 and Andrew Knill-Jones 45 while David Ashton took 3-32.
The thirds lost by 101 runs.