Gallery: Radlett beat Harpenden in Saracens Herts play-off final

Joe Cooke plays at a Nick Lamb delivery

Joe Cooke plays at a Nick Lamb delivery - Credit: Archant

Radlett beat Harpenden by 45 runs to lift the inaugural Saracen Herts Premier Division title.

The teams finished first and third in the league respectively before winning through to Saturday’s play-off final, held at Welwyn Garden City’s Digswell Park.

Both teams were expected to be title favourites at the start of the year, but it was Jono McLean’s Radlett that came out on top.

The league leaders came into the game having won their last five games on the strength of their batting line-up and opted to bat first.

They were given a shock when Will Jones skittled Fraser Crawford (0) with his second ball and then removed McLean for seven as Radlett stuttered to 13-2.

Kabir Toor (15) and Shane Burger (27) added 34 for the third wicket and the sixth-wicket pairing of Joe Cooke (51*) and Matt Creese (20) achieved the same score as Radlett reached 98-6.

Harpenden’s bowling attack of Jones (3-28), Ben Frazer (3-31), Nick Lamb (2-17), Simon White (2-21), Guy Watts (0-29) and Dan Wightman (0-13) restricted the rest of the order as Radlett finished all out for 150.

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In reply, Ben Frazer (44) gave Harpenden a good foundation but when he was dismissed by Creese, his only wicket of the match, with the score on 60-4, the innings crumbled.

Lamb (13) and Latham (14) did their best to get Harpenden back on track but the bowling of Toor (3-16) and Barrett (3-15) was too much for the tail order as the innings close on 105.