St Albans U11s sneak home against Watford

PUBLISHED: 16:55 25 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:11 06 May 2010

A KEENLY contested game between St Albans U11s eight-a-side team and Watford Town saw St Albans just sneak home. Watford batted first and were pegged back in their scoring by some tight St Albans bowling and the steady loss of wickets over the 16 overs. T

A KEENLY contested game between St Albans U11s eight-a-side team and Watford Town saw St Albans just sneak home.

Watford batted first and were pegged back in their scoring by some tight St Albans bowling and the steady loss of wickets over the 16 overs. Tom Blight, Callum Emmerson both grabbed two wickets each, with Alasdair Charlesworth and Jack Ypey also chipping in with one apiece for St Albans.

St Albans began their innings slowly with some very impressive Watford Town bowling, but their final pairing of Jack Ypey and Michael Roche guided St Albans to a narrow 235-4 victory.

ANOTHER very closely fought, high scoring, and entertaining match between St Albans U11s team and Old Owens saw St Albans winning with just two balls to spare.

Old Owens started scoring steadily in their innings. Of the St Albans bowlers, Alasdair Charlesworth (3-9) and Tom Blight (2-16) reaped the most reward, and captain James Martin picked up three catches together with a wicket maiden in the 20th over to restrict Old Owens to a great score of 112-10.

St Albans were hesitant in their reply and were 14-2 after three overs. However James Martin (30) and Freddie Sapone (17) hit back with some wonderful strikes and brought St Albans back into the match at 61-3 after 12 overs.

Tom Blight built on this momentum with a career high of 28no, guiding St Albans home to a 113-6 victory in the final over.

ST ALBANS U10s I cruised to a comfortable win at Old Owens by 61 runs to stay top of the league. Captain Quinn Holland again top scored with 29 and Michael Deboyett recorded his best score of the season with 16 as St Albans closed on 299-5.

Old Owens were never in the hunt, managing only one boundary in their innings. Wickets for James Bates and Callan Colgan, featuring a great catch by Craig Reece, ensured St Albans' victory.

ST ALBANS U10s II were desperately unlucky to lose to runaway league leaders Old Albanians 1. St Albans could only manage 236 from their overs, thanks mainly to Freddie Bird, top scoring for the first time with 19. The chase was always close, with OAs beginning the final over five ahead; Freddie Bird took a wicket with the first ball to put the scores level, and then two balls later hit the stumps again, but this time the bails remained intact, and a boundary ended St Albans' hopes of County Finals qualification.


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