St Albans CC vs N2CC
Sun 16th June 2017
Clarence Park, St Albans
 
Written by Andy Wilson.

It was a familiar story for N2CC, against a strong Albans X1, including a few first team players.... not enough runs on the board.
Winning the toss, at the delightful St Albans, ground, complete with a classic old pavilion, skipper Shai Bhatt, elected to bat.
Facing tight, accurate bowlers from both ends, runs were hard to come by. With just 13 on the board, Dave Parker edged one to the keeper, on just three. Paul Anderson, joined Dee Hingorami and the pair were doing ok, until a lack of communication led to N2's other opener being run out for 12. Anderson got his eye in, pushing the score along, until he danced down to the pitch, failing to get to the pitch of the ball and was stumped for 32.
Andy Wilson joined Pete Melling (22) in the middle, but for the second innings in the row, got himself out in the same way... mistiming a ball outside the off stump, and edging it to the keeper, this time for five. He promises not to play that shot again this season.

Wickets continued to tumble... at least N2 managed to survive their 40 overs, this week. Simon Dyer and Shai Bhatt, did all they could to bolster the score, both ending eight not out. However, 116 was never going to be enough on a good pitch, with a fast outfield.

In reply, St Albans got off to a flying start, with one of their openers going after the bowlers. They had 40 on the board, when Shai bowled the other opener, who had not yet got off the mark.
N2 grabbed a couple of quick further wickets, leaving the hosts on 46 for three. And good late spells from Simon Dyer (one for nine) and Paul Anderson (two for 11) proved N2 did not let their heads drops, despite the blistering heat.
St Albans got home with many overs to spare... winning by four wickets.
N2 held their catches on the day, in particular one from Pete Melling, on loan from St Albans. Not sure it will help his future selection, plucking the ball from air, from a shot over the bowler's head by the St Albans skipper.

The other talking point... was the Piri Piri houmous, enjoyed at tea. A few of N2's senior players marvelled at how far the chick pea, tahini snack had come, since they first started playing cricket.

Man of the match: Paul Anderson for some fine batting and good bowling for two wickets in a match already seemingly lost.

Batting:

D. Parker                     - Caught Behind 3
D. Hingorani               - RUN OUT 12
P. Anderson                - Stumped 32
P. Melling                   - Bowled 22
A. Wilson                    - Caught 5
C. Hay                         - Bowled 6
S. Mirzababaee            - Bowled 2
B. McGuinness           - Caught 9
A. Firfire                     - C&B 0
S. Dyer                        - NOT OUT 8
S. Bhatt                       - NOT OUT 8

Extras 9
Total 116 for 9 in 40 overs

Bowling

Bhatt S             -           6 overs - 2 maidens - 22 runs - 1 wickets
Firfire A          -           3          0          24        0
Hay C             -           1          0          13        0
McGuiness B -           4          0          15        2
Mirzababaee    -           3          0          23        0
Dyer S             -           4          2          9          1
Anderson P     -           3          0          11        2