Dramatic tie for St Albans in Hitchin match

St Albans tied with Hitchin in their latest match

St Albans tied with Hitchin in their latest match

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St Albans dramatically tied with rivals Hitchin in their latest Herts Division One match.

Storms threatened the match with two teams in danger of relegation.

Batting first after losing the toss, St Albans progressed steadily with Ian McKinlay and captain, Matt Howeson, putting on 67 in the opening hour. McKinlay fell two runs short of his 50 to a juggling catch.

Robbie Goddard batted patiently after Howeson’s departure, with Mohammed Hussain joining him in a 50 partnership.

The turning point was the withdrawal of New Zealand international, Rob Nicol, which freed Hussain from his shackles. Hussain hit five sixes in his run-a-ball 85.

The final ten overs brought 97 runs and 237 for four represented a more than competitive target. Hitchin made a promising start and their 50 arrived inside ten overs.

The 100 was raised in the 22nd over but a 97-run partnership brought up 200 and left them with a target of 38 from eight overs with six wickets left.

There was a dramatic fall of wickets with Hussain benefiting from the collapse, taking four for 22 late on.

The last over drama, with Hitchin on 237 for eight and one run required to win, started with a run out. Hitchin failed to find the winning run and it ended level with 20 points apiece for each side.

With six matches left in the season, there are four teams seemingly in the relegation fight. One of these, Luton Town & Indians, visit Clarence Park on Saturday.

St Albans Seconds earned a three-wicket win over Northampton Exiles in Division Four.

The Exiles were restricted to 156 all out from 46.1 overs. In reply, the Saints managed to reach the target for the loss of seven wickets in 34.1 overs.

In Division Seven, the Thirds lost by 15 runs to second bottom Stevenage Thirds.

St Albans bowled first and the team managed to dismiss Stevenage for 144.

Rupert Warren took three for 23 from seven overs while Jamie Fleming made a decent contribution, claiming three for 14 in three overs.

But a poor batting reply from the team scuppered their chances of victory. Amit Rajani scored 30 while Richard O'Toole top scored on 47 but the rest of the side struggled as they were all out for 129 in 37.1 overs.

St Albans Fourths eased to an 80-run win over Harpenden Fifths in Division 11 West.

After winning the toss, the side opted to bat first and reached a total of 167 all out from 45.4 overs. Opener Nauman Nisar impressed with a valuable knock of 52 while Nick James and Eamon Goodfellow both scored 27.

Harpenden had no answer in reply and crumbled to 87 all out in just 28.4 overs. Tom Townsend was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed five for 24 while Joseph Clouting returned figures of three for ten.

Harpenden Firsts cruised to a six-wicket victory over North Mymms in the Premier Division.

After winning the toss, the side opted to bowl first and North Mymms reached 217 for seven. Ben Frazer was their most effective bowler with figures of four for 56.

Harpenden made a dominant start and opener Gregg Cooper was unbeaten on 85. Frazer (30), Nick Lamb (28) and Jake Pankhurst (47) all impressed during their win.

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