Gallery: Toor’s five-for spares Radlett’s blushes.
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Radlett came tantalisingly close to relinquishing their unbeaten record this season until a terrific spell from Kabir Toor saw them defend a low total at North Mymms.
Jono McLean won the toss and elected to bat first at Home Farm, but it back-fired dramatically as Radlett’s usually so consistent batting line-up failed to tally up the runs and they were dismissed for 125 in 42.4 overs.
Knowing they would need something special win the game, and stay on the coat-tails of league leaders Welwyn Garden City and level with Harpenden, Radlett did just that. After a wicket-less opening spell, McLean gave the ball to Toor who did the heavy lifting with five wickets as Mymms capitulated for 99.
After last week’s cancellation, Radlett travelled to Mymms looking for their third win of the season and keep their 100 per cent record intact.
McLean opted for his tried and tested method of setting a big score for the opposition to chase and sent out the team’s top scorer Fraser Crawford and Toor to open the batting.
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However, Crawford (0) lasted just four balls and McLean (0) five more as Mymms had Radlett at 1-2. And when Toor (2) departed, shortly followed by Burger (22), Radlett were looking down the barrel at 31-4.
Joe Cooke did his utmost to repair the damage, hitting six fours on his way to 45. Chad Barrett (15) and number nine Jason Lewis (14) showed resistance in the face of Mymm’s bowling but few others followed suit and Radlett ending their innings know a strong bowling performance was needed.
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Mymms made a slow start to the reply as Barrett and Neil Lederman restricted the run-rate with good line and length. Neither picked up a wicket, though, and they were replaced by Matt Crease and Toor.
Crease made the breakthrough, tempting Hamza Qayyum (7) into one shot too many which was caught by McLean. Toor then followed up with the first of his five wickets as his leg spin beat Rhys Wynne (11), giving Tom Jenkins had an easy stumping. He then bowled Adrian St John for eight.
Rhys Carter (20) and Thushara Rupasinghe (12) steadied the ship, moving Mymms from 32-3 to 64, before both were removed. Andy Lewis (19) defended his wicket stubbornly but wickets were falling around him and he eventually fell with the score on 92.
Jigar Metha(5) and Jason Bryceland (0) followed Lewis back to the pavilion, leaving Mymms at 99-9 and Toor to wrap up the victory, and his first five wicket haul of the season, with a delivery that wrapped Neil Black (1) on the pads.