St Albans’ batting eases them past Northants Exiles

AN UNBEATEN 76 from Matt Howeson steered St Albans to victory against Northampton Exiles.

Having been set a target of 199 and lost Sandipan Chandi (6) early, Howeson and Mo Mansoor (41), who hit six fours and two sixes, set about chasing the total.

When Mansoor was caught, Jamie Flemming (25) replaced him and pushed the score up to 110 before his dismissal. A 35 from Grant Carveth had St Albans on the cusp of victory before he was caught, leaving Howeson and Matthew Ingram (5no) to seal the win.

Earlier in the day, having chosen to bat, Northants were staring down the barrel of the gun at 17-4. However, two centuries from Amar Patel and Praveen Anthony, gave them hope but poor run calls resigned them to a low total, and defeat.

Final Score: St Albans 2s (200-5) beat Northampton Exiles (199-9) by five wickets.

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