St Albans CC youth round up

THE U10s had a busy spell with four games in the space of a fortnight.

Last week Shenley set a target of 279-5 with Robbie Ferguson, Ollie Smith and Charlie Wheeler sharing the wickets. In reply, Ferguson and Dylan Winfield had St Albans ahead of the run rate but nine wickets in seven overs saw them fall short.

They quickly put the loss behind them to beat Wheathampstead on Tuesday and Wednesday. In the first match up St Albans set a total of 314-4 thanks to Hassan Qasir (9), James McVeigh (24) and Harry Seagrave (32). Seagrave followed up with two wickets as Wheathampstead reached 239-9. Tom McVeigh (two), Samuel Kumar and James McVeigh took the other wickets.

The following day the teams met again in a much tighter contest. Five wickets were shared by Will Monk, Hassan Qasir, Andrew Ellis, Joe Moss and Oliver Lees as St Albans restricted their opponents to 257-5. The innings started well but it took two boundaries from George Thomas in the final over to see St Albans over the line.

In their final game of the week, St Albans lost to Knebworth Park. Batting first, St Albans made 234-9, a total Knebworth easily passed as their innings came to a close on 283-4. Hassan Qasir (two), Charlie Wheeler and a run out from Dylan Winfield accounted for the wickets.

The U11s dominated their match against Chipperfield Clarendon. Batting first they ran up a total of 128-5 with Joe Button (30no) top scoring as well as strong performances also from Nick Ralfe (26), Sam Mistry (19) and Ben Adshead (18no).

Chipperfield were then bowled out for just 26, with George Pelham taking 2-2, and Adam Murphy finishing with 4-0.

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The U13s recorded three wins in a week, beating Old Albanian, Watford and Boxmoor.

Against OA, St Albans held them to 102-8 with wickets for George Loveman (3-20), Tim Bagnell (2-8), Talha Turk and Rhys Appleyard.

After two early wickets, Bagnell (20), Hashim Awan (30no) and Appleyard (15no) helped St Albans reach the target in the 20th over but they were awarded the win as they had conceded fewer wickets.

On Thursday St Albans bowled tight lines and fielded well to remove Watford for 60.

Turk and Bagnell took two wickets each, with Luke Cavanagh, Jaden Solomon, Harry Brown and Ollie Barnett accounting for the others. St Albans’ batsmen continued where their bowlers left off as openers Edward Cook and Tim Bagnell hit 20 each before ending the innings.

On Sunday Boxmoor were restricted to 76 all out due to some great bowling and fielding. George Loveman (2-9) was the pick of the bowlers. St Albans started their innings cautiously but Edward Cook increased the run rate, retiring on ending on 28. In the final two overs Jaden Solomans hit two boundaries, and with St Albans needing three runs from the last over Jacob West hit four.

The U14s recorded their first win of the season against Radlett B. Zac Moore, Zach West, Stephen Heather and Matthew Pollard all retired after scoring 25, as St Albans amassed an impressive 132-6.

Expertly marshalled by West, St Albans then gave their best all-round fielding performance of the season, including Stephen Heather’s two stumpings and Matthew Pollard’s three catches, as Radlett reached 80-9.