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St Albans see off Flitwick
11:50am Thursday 5th September 2013 in Local Sport
St Albans completed a four-wicket win over Flitwick in their Herts Division One clash at Clarence Park.
Flitwick chose to bat first dismissing their opposition for 127 in only 37.3 overs. Charlie Smith bowled excellently, with accuracy and significant movement, both in the air and off the pitch.
Smith finished with figures of three for 33 and his opening partner, Richard O’Toole, also took a wicket. There was no let off for Flitwick as both Jim Chaudry and Martin Jones found their rhythm instantly, as reflected in their figures of three for 34 and three for 24 respectively.
Needing 127 for victory, St Albans were led by their talismanic opening batsman Mo Mansoor who made 54 off 39, including 11 fours.
However, other St Albans batsmen struggled, and at 102 for six, it was left to skipper Martin Jones and Gareth Oakley to guide St Albans home to their third win of the season.
St Albans Seconds had a torrid day in Division Four after losing by ten wickets to Sawbridgeworth Seconds.
Wickets fell regularly, and only Mike Curtis and Aaron Jones made a significant impression in the scorebook out of the side’s batsman.
A late cameo from Jonny Hall and Rupert Warren helped St Albans to 133 all out, but the opposition chased down the total easily.
St Albans Thirds drew with Great Gaddesden in Division Seven.
Gaddesden struggled with wickets falling regularly, most notably at the hands of Jack Ypey (four for 25) and stand-in captain Andrew Walker (three for 22).
St Albans needed 161 for victory in 48 overs and started excellently, with Steve Ferguson making a good-looking 34.
However, in a span of nine overs, St Albans fell from 50 for one to 57 for six as the middle order crumbled. The side finished up on 150 for eight.
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