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Old Albanian Cricket Club

Est 1930   

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.

FLASH NEWS 6 September 2014

OA 1s beat Wheathampstead convincingly to win Division 2. Naseer Ahmed takes 6-24 to beat Mike Thomas's long-time club record of 55 League wickets in a season by one. Jimmy Hayat wraps up the Wheathampstead innings with his 100th wicket for the club.

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 2015.

In 2014 we ran 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 4, along with non league fixtures.

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 to March. The main outdoor training is from the end of April, 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, even if we cannot currently offer a place, and will need to record your interest for the future. In 2014, many groups were full, but we have some in all groups in 2015 as winter training gets under way.

Old Albanian Cricket Club is proud to be a learning destination for the South Hertfordshire Children’s University, an exciting initiative which encourages and rewards children aged 5-14 for taking part in high quality learning opportunities outside school hours, at weekends and in the holidays. 

The 2014 season began with pre-season friendly fixtures on Saturday 19 April, and the Herts League season began on Saturday 3 May. At the end of a very wet May (the Rothamsted weather station recorded rainfall for the month as being 82.8 mm, 50% higher than the mean), the 1st XI stood top of Herts League Division 2, and the 2nd XI was undefeated in, though not top of, Division 7.

On 31 May, Chris Dobson reached the personal milestone of 50 catches for the club in the Divison 2 game at Northchurch. On 1 June David Rourke scored his 67th OACC 50 against UCS Old Boys, thus putting him 3rd on the club's all-time list of half-century scorers. On 7 June, Simon Wakeling reached 2000 runs for the club during his innings of 32* against St Albans IV and in partnership with Finley Matheson set a new 3rd XI record 6th wicket partnership of 99. On 14 June, Tariq Hassan reached 3000 runs for the club in the course of his 78* for the 3rd XI against Radlett V. On 15 June, Chris Dobson equalled the all-time OACC record of 5 catches as a fielder in the Chess game at Chorleywood. On 5 July, Tim (T A) Smith reached his 100 wickets for the club with the first of his 3 wickets against Old Elizabethans 3rd XI. On 12 July, David Rourke (80) and Steve Jeffery (103, his maiden century) shared in a 2nd wicket stand of 188 in the Herts League game against County Hall II, the highest 2nd XI stand for any wicket (beating the previous highest of  187* between Henry Scott and Arif Hassan), and the highest by any XI on the main square at Woollams. On 26 July in the 1st XI League game against Leverstock Green,  Ahsan Ali recorded OACC career-best figures of 8-38. In the 2nd XI game against Old Camdenians I on the same day, Gyan Rhodes passed 2000 runs for the club in the course of his innings of 39. On 3 August, OACC 1st XI scored 309-7 off their allotted 45 overs in the Chess Valley League game against Kings Langley, only the thirteenth time an OACC side has topped 300, and a record score by any side on the main square at Woollams (the previous record being 295-6); it equalled the 6th highest OACC score ever, and is surpassed at Woollams only by the OACC's highest-ever score of 368-2 amassed in the Becker Plate on 6 August 2006 on the second square. On 16 August, against Northwood, Naseer Ahmed's 5-44 took him to 50 wickets for the season, all in Herts League games, only the second OACC bowler to reach the 50 League wickets mark, and the first since the Herts League was founded in 1993, being surpassed only by Mike Thomas in 1979 in the predecessor Herts Competition. On 31 August, Victor Stairmand reached his 100 wickets for the club with the last of his 4 wickets in the Chess Valley League game at Stanmore.