Undefeated St Albans still going strong with Welwyn Garden City win

Max Capaldi hit an unbeaten 49 and took one wicket as St Albans beat Welwyn Garden City by five wick

Max Capaldi hit an unbeaten 49 and took one wicket as St Albans beat Welwyn Garden City by five wickets. Picture: DANNY LOO - Credit: Archant

St Albans continued their unbeaten start to their Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Division 2B season with a five wicket win at Welwyn Garden City 2nds.

Choosing to bat, the hosts started well before Daniel Byford skied a pull to Matt Howeson.

Soon after a back problem forced Jacob Winfield out of the attack.

Welwyn Garden were scoring well with Luke Wilde in particular scoring freely until run out by Phil Caley.

Mbekezeli Mabuza & Uttam Vijender, playing in place of the poorly James Rosson, then tied up the batsmen as six overs produced 10 runs and five wickets.

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The experienced Edward Tucker played out Mabuza and then attacked, his 50 coming from 48 balls, but a score of 200 eluded WGC.

Sandipan Chanda and Ben Nicholl opened brightly, with the former his typical self in wanting to score quickly and dominate the bowling.

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With the score on 74 Liam Mitchell struck twice, removing Chanda for 46 and Mabuza for a first-ball duck.

Howeson and Michael Goodfellow struggled to up the rate before both fell to Byford.

With 85 required, but with plenty of wickets in hand, Caley joined Max Capaldi and immediately began to stroke the ball around with a freedom which few had shown before.

Their partnership of 89 took 78 balls and saw St Albans home with 70 balls to spare.

St Albans face Potton Town at Clarence Park on Saturday.

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