St Albans win again with dominant display against North Enfield

Daniel Rossen bowls for St Albans

Daniel Rossen bowls for St Albans - Credit: Archant

St Albans Cricket Club made it two wins from two in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Division 2B after a 94-run success over North Enfield.

They made 237 in their innings with the hosts only managing to make 143 in reply.

The result was a reflection of the dominance the side held throughout the game.

Winning the toss, the visitors started steadily, with Abdul Khan particularly miserly for Enfield.

Ben Nicholl on his first team debut, scored 33 after being badly dropped in single figures.

His partnership with Murti Hussain set a platform for later aggression. Mbekezeli Mabuza batted cautiously at first with the intention to allow Khan to bowl out his overs.

Both upped the tempo with Hussain reaching 62 before edging to the keeper.

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Matt Howeson joined and quickly passed Mabuza with both scoring 50’s in a century partnership until North Enfield had their best period of the game.

Derrick Sanders returned to pick up six wickets, including three in his last over, as the last seven batsmen fell for 17 in 28 balls.

After tea, Dan Rosson, with his left-arm swing, and Hussain, bowling off-breaks, took three wickets which gave control back to Saints.

A curious innings from Ramon Baker, who faced 73 balls for just six runs, left the hosts with far too much to do, although Chris Gillman occasionally broke free.

After Baker’s departure, wickets fell at regular intervals with Mabuza picking up four and Rosson three, the last a sharp catch at slip by Adam Hounslow.

Next up is the visit of Hemel Hempstead seconds to Clarence Park.

The thirds however couldn’t follow suit as they went down to a five wicket defeat to Berkhampstead 2nds.

It was an improved showing but for a second week they failed to do well enough with the bat, and then suffered at the hands of a single opposition batsman.

After choosing to bat, early wickets left Saints on the back foot but a recovery of sorts followed, Harvey Scott leading the way with a positive knock of 43.

Contributions from Ben Adshead (22) and Naveed Ahmed (16) kept the scoreboard ticking.

After three quick wickets fell, James Everdell knocked the ball around for 19 but a total of 146 looked under par.

There were echoes of the previous week’s one man show at Langleybury in what followed as opener Chris Debonnaire lead Berko’s charge. But whereas the earlier innings was measured, this was a demolition.

Anything slightly short was smashed through the on-side while the rarer full deliveries were tonked over the top.

St Albans bowlers looked powerless to stop the onslaught but he departed in the ninth over after an opening partnership of 81, dominated by his 74.

And although a few wickets fell, including a fine catch by keeper Hugo Thomas, the sixty odd runs required after this opening stanza were achieved without much fuss.

Ashish Dean’s 2-38 was the pick of the bowlers.