Gallery: Centuries from McLean and Burger see Radlett close the gap on Welwyn

Shane Burger edges a Shadrach Gittens-Browne ball behind but it eludes both wicket keeper and first

Shane Burger edges a Shadrach Gittens-Browne ball behind but it eludes both wicket keeper and first slip. Photo: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

Centuries from skipper Jono McLean and Shane Burger saw Radlett to a 138-run win over Stevenage on Saturday.

Coming together at 25-2, the skipper carried his bat for a 141-ball 143 while Burger scored 12 boundaries on his way to 119 before he was run out. The pair helped Radlett set a target of 298-3, a total Stevenage got nowhere near as Chad Barrett, with four wickets, led the bowling attack to a comfortable win.

Radlett arrived at Ditchmore Lane to find a dry, hard track so after McLean won the toss he had no hesitation in asking his players to don the pads and head out to face the Stevenage bowlers.

However, it was the hosts’ bowlers who enjoyed the opening exchanges, removing Joe Cooke for nine before Zach Shaw clean bowled Fraser Crawford for 10.

That was as good as it got for the Stevenage bowlers. They were forced to watch McLean and Burger craft a 256-run partnership, taking the score from 25-2 to 273-7, to put the momentum squarely behind Radlett.

Barrett (4*) made a brief cameo before McLean declared for 298-3 after 55 overs.

It was Radlett’s second-highest total of the season, bested only by the opening day 314 against Sawbridgeworth, and, as it the first game, they then proceeded to tear through the opposition batting order.

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Randeep Sanghera made the breakthrough with a delivery that found the edge of David Carr’s (4) bat and carried through to Tom Jenkins. The keeper then pouched another catch, this time to remove Syed Ali Kazmi for nought off Barrett’s bowling.

Things went from bad to worse for Stevenage when Gary and Laurie Brown were both removed with the score on 16. Sanghera had Gary caught by Crawford before Barrett beat Laurie all ends up to remove his stumps.

Shadrach Gittens-Browne (41) provided resistance in the middle order, but he was found wanting as Earl Lee (8) and Chris Whitworth (23) both left him out in the middle.

When he was the man to walk, caught by Lederman off Burger’s bowling, it sparked a three-wicket collapse as Stevenage slumped from 91-7 to 96-9.

With the end in sight, Scott Davies (44*) and Charlie Goodchild (15) frustrated the bowlers with a 64-run partnership that took the score to 160 but a result looked unlikely for Stevenage and indeed it was the case as Barrett (4-31) completed his four wicket haul by dismissing Goodchild via the hands of Burger.

The win, and Saracens Herts Premier Division leaders Welwyn’s draw, sees Radlett move with 26 points of top spot ahead of the teams’ meeting this Saturday.