St Albans brought the curtain down on their season with a 35-run defeat against Totteridge Millhillians on Saturday.

The margin of the loss, which was the same as the Saints' previous outing, was testament to a keenly contested encounter.

Millhillians won the toss and elected to bat first, leaving St Albans to take to the field for what proved to be a gruelling 50 overs.

Despite a bowling display in which four of their number collected wickets, the Saints were left chasing a sizeable total to win after Totteridge finished their innings on 285-9.

Max Capaldi did the majority of the work with ball in hand as he collected impressive figures of 4-49.

He was well supported by Simon White's 3-26, while Uttam Vijender and Jacob Winfield also contributed with 1-40 and 1-74 respectively.

Totteridge's impressive total meant St Albans were always going to have to produce something special if they were to force a shock win.

They gave a good account of themselves with bat in hand though before eventually being all out for 250 in the 48th over.

They were given the best possible chance of closing the 2018 campaign with a win by opener Adam Hounslow 's well made century.

His stand of 118 came from just 127 deliveries and featured 19 fours.

While Hounslow's display gave St Albans hope, a lack of runs down the order made sure they would fall short in their chase.

White (30), Winfield (25) and Capaldi (23) all got starts but none of their number could go on to make serious runs.

St Albans will be left to reflect on an up and down season which could have delivered much more had the Clarence Park club been able to find consistency.

They finish the campaign sixth in the table and 13 points behind Totteridge.