HALF-CENTURY stands from Max Capaldi and Simon White weren't enough for St Albans against Watford Town as they fell to a 35-run defeat.

After St Albans dismissed Watford for just 185, the duos' efforts with the bat should really have laid the foundation victory.

But St Albans' eight other batsmen failed to make double figures as four of their number departed having failed to worry the scorers.

A strong showing with ball in hand saw St Albans keep on top of the Town batting order for much of their innings and White was the man to lead the way.

He claimed 4-20 to record the best St Albans figures of the day as Danile Roson (2-41) and Jacob Winfield (2-46) were also productive.

The final two wickets were accounted for by Uttam Vijender and Capaldi who finished with 1-29 and 1-42 respectively.

With Town completing just 45 of their overs, St Albans headed out to bat with plenty of reason to be optimistic.

That positivity was dented somewhat when openers Oliver Coulman (zero) and Jonny Armitage (one) departed.

They were soon back on track as a fine partnership between White and Capaldi moved them St Albans into a strong position.

White's patent 52, which came from 100 balls, was well complimented by Capaldi's quicker knock of 57 off 69.

The Clarence Park club would fail to capitalise on the position afforded them by White and Capaldi though and all of their number were soon back in the pavilion.

Saturday's loss means St Albans have now bean beaten in each of their last two outings after previously enjoying a six game winning run.

They will hope to end the campaign on a high when they take on Totteridge Millhillians in the final game of the 2018 season away from home on Saturday afternoon.