Gallery: Four wickets for Creese as Radlett return to winning ways
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Matt Creese was the hero on Saturday as Radlett shook off last weekend’s loss to Potters Bar by beating Bishop’s Stortford.
Having opted to bowl first, Creese took four wickets as Radlett restricted Stortford, the team that jumped above them last week, to 136-9 in 40 overs. The hosts knocked off the total in 36.4 overs for the loss of six wickets to pick up 30 points.
After struggling to set big totals in the last four weeks, Jono McLean put Stortford into bat to start the game and Ryan Waters (38) and Eddie Ballard (21) put on a 37-run stand for the first wicket.
After Ballard was stumped by Tom Jenkins off Ben Lederman, the bowler found the edge of Chris Green’s bat with the next ball to put Stortford in trouble. It was a common theme throughout the game, Stortford who put together good partnerships before losing quick wickets.
The next two dismissals came after Wells and Dominic Chatfield (31) closed in on the 100 mark. Wells fell with the score on 98 to Creese before David Hughes became Stortford’s second golden duck on 99, this time to Kabir Toor (1-43).
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Chatfield and Alex Palmer (12) added 13 more runs to the score before both fell within three runs of each other. The major collapse came from the tail as Stortford slumped from 115-6 to 136-9 in the face of Creese and Chad Barrett (1-15).
Chasing a modest total, Radlett lost Fraser Crawford (5) and Joe Cooke (4), both to LBW, before 20 runs were on the board.
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Toor and McLean (16) were more stubborn with their wickets and pushed the score to 56 before the skipper was caught by Green off Simon Lindop.
Toor (29) went with the score on 70 and Shane Burger (10) followed him back to the pavilion 12 runs later, leaving Barrett in the middle to do most of the heavy lifting.
Barrett top scored with an unbeaten 36 and thanks to a strong contribution of 23 from Jenkins, he saw Radlett to a four-wicket win, which lifts them back into second place, 44 points behind leaders Welwyn Garden City.