19 May 2018
Cricket vs Watford GS 19/5/18

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Cricket Saturday, 19th May

Haberdashers’ Aske’s v Watford

1st XIWatford190 for 5 (40 overs)

Habs192 for 7(Rasakulasuriar 41, Jegatheesan 40)

Habs won by 3 wickets

2nd XIHabs115 for 7 (25 overs)(Talker 36, Sajan Shah 31*)

Watford 62(Parmar 5 for 8)

Habs won by 53 runs

U15AWatford159 for 9 (30 overs)(Gardiner 4 for 23)

St Albans 70 for 3

Match abandoned as a draw (after injury)

U14AWatford 37 (30 overs)(N Madan 4 for 3, Garg 3 for 3)

Habs 40 for 3

Habs won by 7 wickets

U14BHabs222 for 7 (25 overs)(Gooneratne 73, Banik 38)

Watford142 for 6

Habs won by 80 runs

U13AHabs104 for 7 (25 overs)(Halder 40)

Watford 98(Nik Patel 3 for 19)

Habs won by 6 runs

U13BWatford147 for 7 (25 overs)(Somchand 3 for 20)

Habs143 for 9(Pandey 41, Thokala 30*)

Watford won by 4 runs

U12AHabs105 for 8 (25 overs)(A Karpe 34*)

Watford107 for 4

Watford won by 6 wickets

U12BWatford 115 for 7 (25 overs)

Habs116 for 3(Maududi 67*)

Habs won by 7 wickets

Played on Friday, 18th May

U12CWatford 70 for 6 (20 overs)

Habs 70

Match tied


On one of the better days of the season, weather-wise, thus far, the 1st XI somehow managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against local rivals Watford. Chasing a target of 191 in 40 overs set by the visitors, our batsmen all found ways of getting themselves out and when the 7th wicket fell with the score on 142 in the 35th over, defeat for Habs was clearly the most likely outcome. However, wicket-keeper Aril Pandya (31*) and off-spinner Saavan Shah (24*) had other ideas and in a superbly judged unbroken partnership of exactly 50 they carried us to a thrilling, if somewhat fortuitous victory with just one ball to spare.

Earlier in the day, the Watford batsmen took advantage of favourable conditions and a good track to build a solid total, aided by some inconsistent Habs bowling and sloppy fielding. Partnerships of 49 for the 2nd wicket and 60 for the 4th and a well-timed acceleration which saw 50 runs added in the final 6 overs of the innings enabled our visitors to post a competitive 190 for 5 in their allotted 40 overs.

In reply, Vinosh Jegatheesan (40), Harry Cobb (25) and Naresh Rasakulasuriar (41) all made useful scores, but their efforts looked to be in vain until the late fireworks provided by Messrs Pandya and Shah.

Elsewhere, the 2nd XI returned to winning ways and there were overwhelming victories for the U14A and B sides. Both U13 games were closely fought encounters with the As winning by 6 runs and the Bs losing by 4. The U15A game had to be abandoned as a draw after an unfortunate injury to one of the Habs players. We wish him well for a speedy recovery.