Old Albanian Cricket Club
Welcome to the website of the Old Albanian Cricket Club, based in St Albans, Hertfordshire. Our home is The Woollam Playing Fields on Harpenden Road, St Albans (aka 'Woollams'); for more details and a map link, see About Us in the bar below. This excellent facility was completed in 2002, and is used by professional sports teams as well as the various Old Albanian sports clubs.
If you'd like to contact the club, please click on "Contact Club" in
the bar at the top. Please only seek to Sign Up if you are applying to join the website and note that currently
website membership is confined to those who play, or have played, for the
senior club or are otherwise associated with the senior club.
We welcome enquiries from new players and would be pleased to hear from prospective overseas players who may be interested in joining us in 2014.
In 2014 we will run three main Saturday sides in Divisions 2, 7 & 11 West of the Saracens Hertfordshire League, and on Sundays participate in the Chess Valley League Division 5, along with non league fixtures.
Winter nets for the senior club begin on Wednesday 5 February 2014: for more details, see the Calendar.
Our junior section starts at under 5 (School year Reception) and continues up to and including under 15s (School year 10). We hold winter training for most age groups from January onwards; for more details, see the Juniors page or the Calendar. The main outdoor training starts in late April or early May, and takes place on Sunday mornings, continuing until around the end of the school summer term. From Under 9 (Year 4) upwards there are regular summer midweek evening matches, as well as some on Sunday mornings.
If you are enquiring about joining for junior cricket, please use the Contact Club button and please state the current school year of your child so we can respond accurately.
For age groups that are full, we operate waiting lists to enable us to offer a place should a vacancy become available. We therefore continue to welcome expressions of interest for all age groups, and are happy to receive enquiries now about joining in 2014. As of mid-March 2014, the groups are filling up fast, but we have some vacancies in all groups except the Under 8s (Year 3).
The 2013 season ended on a high with the 1st XI securing promotion to Division
2 of the Herts League as a result of their narrow victory against
Harpenden II on 7 September.
This was preceded by numerous playing achievements in the course of the summer. In June, Alf Rehman reached 500 runs for the season in the game on 30 June; Ahsan Ali reached 100 wickets, and Zahid Khan 1000 runs, for the club on 29 June; and Jack Burman and Gyan Rhodes took hat-tricks in their games on 8 and 16 June respectively.
In July, Simon Wakeling reached 1000 3rd XI runs for the club in the game on 6 July. Then, a new club record was set on 14 July by the Cavaliers, who achieved what is believed to be the highest successful run-chase in OACC history by overhauling Eastcote's 284 (and for the loss of only 1 wicket), the previous best run-chase also being in the Chess Valley League, when OAs passed 270 to beat Bessborough on 16 July 2000. In the 2nd XI game on 20 July, U14 Joe Regan made his first 50 in senior cricket with a score of 51. And on Club Day on 21 July, further congratulations became due to Alf Rehman, who reached 5000 career OACC runs in the course of his 96 in the intra-club match. Finally, 27 July saw a number of milestones. The 1st XI crowned a fine run in July with their 5th consecutive League victory - a club 1st XI record for the League in the current format adopted in 2000 (under the old format, they had started the 1998 season with 6 straight wins, followed by a rainoff and a 7th win), though the 2011 2nd XI holds the outright record with 7 straight wins at the end of the 2011 season. Nick Burman reached his 1000 runs for the club in fine style with his maiden OACC century in the 2nd XI game at Abbots Langley. And in the 3rd XI game against Redbourn III Chris Elliot secured his first OACC 5-wicket haul and Simon Wakeling took his 50th catch.
In August, Simon Wakeling (93) and Rod Warren (44) established a new 3rd XI 2nd wicket partnership record with a stand of 120 at Mayfield CC on 17 August.
In September, Alf Rehman became the first non-overseas OACC player to reach 1000 runs in a season since David Rourke in 2005, when reaching 51 during his innings of 62 in the Chess Valley League game against Uxbridge II on 1 September. Tom Lincoln's 136 against Bamville on 14 September was the highest score by any OACC player on the Woollams ground on either square (beating the previous record of 132). And in the final game of the season, Chris Dobson attained 2000 aggregate OACC runs when reaching 18 in the course of his 103 against Chorleywood on 15 September, and also became only the fifth non-overseas player to score more than one century in a season this century.
We also congratulate our junior Under 9, Under 10, Under 11 and Under 12 teams who topped their groups in the Herts Junior Leagues 2013, thus reaching the county quarter-finals. On Finals Day on 14 July, the Under 10 hard-ball team beat Harpenden to win the Trophy for 2013 (scoring 277 against 245), and the U12B team also reached and won their final, against Radlett - a very well done to both teams! A further special mention should go to our Under 12 team which won the 7-a-side competition at Dunstable on Sunday 30 June.