St Albans West Indians v Radlett CC 3rd XI on Sat 02 Sep 2006 at 12:30
Match was Drawn

Match report We were lucky to even start this penultimate game of the season, given awful the meteorological circumstances. Radlett were close to cementing a promotion place, and St. Albans West Indians needed points to avoid the possibility of relegation. At the end of the game there was little to separate the sides, though our excuse was that the conditions did level things out.

There is merit in the argument, as both sight screens were blown over in a howling gale, and one player swore he saw a woman with a black pointed hat on a bicycle travelling over a nearby oak tree. The truth is that we played badly and they played well.

St. Albans West Indians are a team with two very good batsmen, some decent bowlers, and a taste and attitude to cricket that is an example to all of us. They played the whole game either laughing or arguing (with each other), but they played with passion and enjoyment, which was a breath of fresh air.

We lost the toss and they eventually decided to bat. Yes, the conditions were appalling, with the bails constantly needing replacing, because of the ludicrously strong wind, which made playing cricket seem at times surreal. But we bowled poorly, giving away the initiative, and we dropped their best batter three times. Their batting is brittle, which we knew, but we gave it away, allowing them to amass 225 for 8 from their 53 overs.

There were some highlights, the best of them being the catch of the season by Ollie Robertson who, in the howling wind, caught a catch running and diving backwards. After some discussion, none of the 3rd team can remember such a brilliant catch.

Brian Dümmer, after bowling like a Marks and Spencer male model for two overs, straightened up and flew right, ending with 5 wickets for the second time this season and put us in with a chance. In the awful conditions Ollie Robertson bowled manfully without luck, Jon Tricker produced some magic deliveries,and Ashley Tillett again bowled well, and again got the vital wicket. Matt Barrett not only fielded with aplomb, but filled in the available seamer's position with skill and a huge heart.

It has been a feature of this season's 3rd team cricket that we have never had passengers, thus we can pick up players of the quality of Matt Barrett and Ben Thornhill when other players have been unavailable. Other club sides dream of this, and we must consider ourselves privileged.

But 226 to win in ludicrous conditions can't be easy, the more especially when it should have been 50 runs less.

Ashley Tillett opened with Dom Ingram, and in between some decent shots gave the opposition some gratuitous catching practice, which the West Indians dropped regularly. But Ashley's mind was still on holiday, and he missed a straight one to go for 18. The West Indians bowled well, and might have won but for their poor fielding. Eddo Edwards got one that popped and was caught at short leg for none. Eddo had postponed a stag do to turn out for his side, and this was his reward. This short leg was a cross between David Boone and Ronnie Corbett, had a piece of advice for everybody on both sides, and had an encyclopaedic knowledge of cricket from A to B.

Ingram was joined by Nick Tune, who, after a watchful start, played some excellent cricket. These two took the score from 32 for 2 to 89 and Radlett were now on terms, and building a solid foundation on which to make an assault, when they both got out in careless fashion. When Jon Tricker was out the asking rate was up to 9 an over. Tim Smithers joined Ben Thornhill, and these two were put on 64 untroubled runs, and shepherded Radlett to a draw and vital match points. Thornhill went for an elegant 34, and Smithers was left on an excellent unbeaten 50, suggesting perhaps what the side has missed all season He was joined by John Crocker's broad bat for the last four over and the safety of a draw.

Although Radlett had control of the game at the end, they paid the price for some wayward bowling, admittedly in terrible conditions, and dropped catches, but still look good for promotion in the last match.

Radlett CC 3rd XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 6 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Dominic Ingram Bowled  37
Ashley Tillett Bowled  18
Iain Edwards Caught  0
Nick Tune Caught  34
Jon Tricker Caught  7
Ben Thornhill Stumped  34
Tim Smithers Not Out  50 1
John Crocker Not Out  3 1
Oliver Robertson   1
Matt Barrett  
Brian Dümmer  

St Albans West Indians Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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St Albans West Indians Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 8 wickets
225 (0.0 overs)

Radlett CC 3rd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Brian Dümmer14.0155511.003.93
Jon Tricker17.0256228.003.29
Oliver Robertson12.024200.003.50
Matt Barrett5.002400.004.80
Ashley Tillett5.0026126.005.20

  • Umpire :
    G Bird
  • Scorer :