Old Albanians do the job

Old Albanians’ players did their jobs, nothing more, nothing less, in a 61-run win over County Hall at Woollams on Saturday.

The top four batsmen accounted for 141 of OAs’ total of 168 and, while the bowlers added just 10 run, they found the right line and length to collectively surrender less that three runs an over.

County Hall invited their hosts to bat first and then had to toil against Robert Goldstone and Tom Lincoln. The pair put on 99 runs, Lincoln scored a 72-ball half century before being caught three deliveries later for 52, as they put OAs in control.

Zahid Khan and then Jack Reynolds took over, after Goldstone was caught, and scored 22 and 25 respectively.

Reynolds was actually the last wicket to fall as six batsmen at the other end were dismissed for six runs or less and the innings closed on 168.

Having disappointed with the bat, the bowlers did their jobs perfectly. Despite a recovery from 6-1 to 59-2, Naseer and Sagir Ahmed taking a wicket each, County Hall’s batsmen failed to stand up to the bowling.

Mozammel Hayat led the way with four wickets, followed by Naseer Ahmed on three, Sagir Ahmed with two and Usman Farooq Malik on one as County Hall were bowled out for 107.