Crawford and Radlett on course for end of season glory

Kabir Toor bats for Radlett

Kabir Toor bats for Radlett - Credit: Archant

Fraser Crawford is on course to beat a 25 year-old club record after Radlett’s seven-wicket home win over Botany Bay at Cobden Hill.

The success extended their 100 per cent record at the top of the Hertfordshire Premier League to eight matches, excluding a game abandoned halfway through for rain at Harpenden.

And it also extended their lead to a whopping 84 points, meaning second-placed Welwyn Garden City are now nearer the bottom of the table than the top.

The champions seem to be overwhelming favourites for a third successive title.

The batting of opener Crawford has been a key factor, and his 55 against Botany Bay boosted his league aggregate to 572 runs in 10 innings at an average of 71.5.

If the Zimbabwean left-hander maintains this form, he should break the club’s league batting record of 848 runs set by the Middlesex batsman John Carr in 1991.

Crawford, a British passport holder, joined Radlett after his family fled to England to escape the Mugabe regime, and he marked his first-team league debut in 2011 with a century at Bishop’s Stortford.

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As a mainstay of the Radlett batting since then, he is enjoying by far his best season in a strong side captained by Kabir Toor.

He was joined at the crease by Joe Cooke for a second wicket partnership of 105.

And it was the Durham University and Herts left-hander who sealed victory over struggling Bay with a majestic 83 not out off 90 balls.

Bay had earlier made 179 all out with Matt Creese, one of three left-arm spinners in the Radlett side, taking five wickets.

This total never looked enough once Crawford and Cooke got going.