ST Albans emphatically returned to winning ways as a Max Capaldi century helped secure a 105-run win over Hitchin on Saturday.

Capaldi led the St Albans charge from the front as the opening batsmen took just 109 balls to score 105 before being caught.

He and fellow opener Simon White were integral to the St Albans cause as White backed up his partner with a useful knock of 46.

With the foundation well and truly set for successful innings, it was left to the remainder of the St Albans order to lead their side to a sizeable total.

While none of their number really kicked on, Jamie Regan (26) and Tom O’Toole (23) were the only players to break the 20 mark, St Albans still managed to finish the day on 284-9.

St Albans returned to the field in a position of dominance and never looked in trouble of losing as they wrapped up victory inside 33 overs.

Their charge to victory was led by Uttam Vijender as he took just 2.4 overs to claim a three-fer.

His haul arrived for the concession of only 16 runs and made him the most productive bowler of the day for the home side.

Vijender was not alone in enjoying a profitable afternoon with ball in hand and Mark Telkman and O’Toole claimed two wickets apiece - claiming 2-30 and 2-48 respectively.

White (1-8) and Regan (1-38) were the only other St Albans batsmen to pick up wickets as a run out also accounted for a Hitchin man.

Victory was much-needed for St Albans after a run of four games without a win which stretched back to June 9.

The Clarence Park club will look to make it two on the spin when they take on Abbots Langley away from home.

Abbots sit fourth in the table heading into the match after a run of three straight wins in a row.