Burger stars as Radlett beat Hemel

Shane Burger with a delivery

Shane Burger with a delivery - Credit: Archant

Shane Burger topped the batting and bowling statistics for Radlett in their 103 runs victory over Hemel Hempstead at Heath Park.

The South African allrounder scored an unbeaten 70 to help the Cobden Hill side to 231-8 and dismissed both of Hemel’s openers in a three-wicket haul that saw the hosts all out for 128.

Burger’s run-a-ball innings took the game away from Hemel after the top order had put Radlett in a superb position.

Fraser Crawford (34) and Kabir Toor (44) rebounded from last week’s first-wicket stand of 37 to put 83 runs on the board to open the innings. It was a great start for Radlett that was ended by Steve Reader (2-47) tempted Crawford into one too many shots and he was caught by Brett Penny.

Reader then had Toor caught by Sam Jenkinson with the score on 100-2.

Joe Cooke (9) and captain Jono McLean (27) kept the scoreboard ticking over but it was the introduction of Burger at number five that did the real damage to Hemel’s hopes of victory.

Coming in at 118-3 after Cooke was caught off Richard Morton (1-37), Burger was the catalyst as Radlett raced towards a decent score.

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The lower half of the order failed to support Burger, but it didn’t matter as he put the team on his back, scoring nine boundaries, including a maximum, to see Radlett to 231-8.

His work for the day wasn’t done, though, as he opened the bowling with Ben Lederman (2-36).

Burger removed Penny with the third ball he faced and then Hemel captain Hemish Ilangaratne (15), either side of Lederman clean bowling Jay O’Nien (9), before completing his haul by having Matt Dale caught for a duck.

Alistair Leighton (6) smashed a six before edging Lederman behind to Tom Jenkins as Hemel’s top order left the middle and lower orders with it all to do.

Brad Finch (24) and Jenkinson (32) shouldered the responsibility with a 46-run stand for the sixth wicket but Hemel were still way off Radlett’s total.

Reader hit a brisk 20 from number 10 but he was the winning wicket as he holed out to Randeep Sanghera off Toor (1-13) as Radlett recorded a 103 runs victory.