Match Report
The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School 1st XI vs  St Albans School
On: Saturday, 11 May 2019
Venue: at Home

1st XI Scorecard

Cricket Saturday, 11th May

Haberdashers’ Aske’s v St Albans

1st XI Habs 171 (50 overs) (J Cobb 37)
St Albans 173 for 0

St Albans won by 10 wickets

2nd XI St Albans 134 (30 overs) (K Patel 5 for 28)
Habs 135 for 4 (K Patel 60, Ghei 36)

Habs won by 6 wickets

3rd XI Habs 136 for 4 (25 overs) (Agha 65, Loan 36)
St Albans 115 for 5

Habs won by 5 wickets

U15A St Albans 88 (30 overs) (Dubignon 4 for 17)
Habs 89 for 5 (Mehrotra-Bhatia 35*)

Habs won by 5 wickets

U15B Match cancelled

U15C Match cancelled

U14A Habs 126 for 8 (30 overs) (Aman Gogna 42)
St Albans 115 (Nik Patel 5 for 11)

Habs won 11 runs

U14B Habs 127 for 6 (25 overs) (Dhall 33))
St Albans 128 for 7 (Gadhia 3 for 22)

St Albans won by 3 wickets

U14C Match cancelled

U13A St Albans 43 (20 overs) (D Karpe 3 for 13)
Habs 46 for 1

Habs won by 9 wickets
U13B Match cancelled

U12A St Albans 70 (25 overs)
Habs 74 for 3 (Malhotra 44*)

Habs won by 7 wickets

U12B Match cancelled


After the excitement of Wednesday night (Glory glory Tottenham Hotspur), this was definitely a day to forget for Habs 1st XI as arguably the best St Albans side of the last decade (no real stars apart from Josh de Caires, son of former England captain Michael Atherton, but also no weak links) cruised to a 10-wicket victory with 18 overs to spare. In our defence this was a case of ‘win the toss, win the match’ and unfortunately Vinosh Jegatheesan lost the toss for the first time this season. Not surprisingly, given the conditions and the state of the pitch, we were invited to bat first. The opposition bowlers found the pitch giving them plenty of assistance even if they did not always make use of it (22 wides contributing to our total) while our batsmen struggled, with only Jegatheesan (27) and top-scorer Jack Cobb (37) offering any real resistance. Niyam Shah (24) batted well for a time and can count himself unlucky as he was run out at the non-strikers end when a shot from Cobb was deflected by the bowler on to the stumps. Others, however, contributed to their own dismissals and our final total of 171 was well below par.

We needed quick wickets when St Albans batted after lunch, but despite creating a few half chances failed to make the breakthrough. Chinmay Mullapudi was the pick of our bowlers, but by now the sun was out, the wicket dry and conditions much more favourable for batting. The St Albans openers both played sensibly and once settled reached their target with few alarms.

Elsewhere, Habs teams had much the better of things, winning six of the remaining seven matches in this block fixture. In addition, we were probably denied a further four victories as St Albans deemed the astro wickets unfit for play. There was a fine all-round performance from Kiaan Patel as our 2nd XI eased to another win while Kellen Dubignon claimed 4 wickets, including a hat-trick in a comfortable win for the U15As. The highest individual score of the day came from Ethan Agha (65) for the 3rd XI, while the best bowling performance was Nik Patel’s match-winning spell (5 for 11) for the U14As against a strong St Albans side, who at one stage appeared to have the game won themselves.

There is much to look forward to this coming week, including the U15As’ trip to Eton College for the 2nd round of the Inspiresport One Day Cup on Tuesday.

1st XI Scorecard