Harpenden and Radlett fall foul to the British weather

Matt Creese bowls against Harpenden

Matt Creese bowls against Harpenden - Credit: Archant

Under normal circumstances an unbeaten 126 and a fourth wicket partnership of 155 would be enough to give you victory in cricket – but then when has the British weather been anything but normal.

The rain arrived in the big Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Premier Division clash as Harpenden were setting about Radlett’s impressive 283-3 in their 50 overs.

Joe Cooke’s unbeaten 126, including 11 fours and four sixes, was the main reason for the total, although he was ably assisted by Rob Clements, who hit five fours and three sixes to finish not out on 77.

Captain Kabir Toor’s departure for 34 had brought the two batsemen together and they certainly did make hay while the sun shone.

Harpenden’s bowlers struggled to keep them in check.

Captain Ben Frazer, Bradley Finch and Ben Clements got the wickets although all three went for over 40 runs.

Harpenden had got to 22-1 in 8.3 overs when the decision was taken to take the teams off.

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And although not heavy, the rain was persistent enough to force the abandonment of the game.

The result, coupled with the abandonment of Welwyn Garden City’s game against Potters Bar leaves Radlett joint-top of the table with the garden city side with 70 points each.

Harpenden sit seventh on 47.

The Division 2A clash between the side’s second teams however did play to a result, with Harpenden gaining the win.

They had made 89-2 in 15.2 overs in response to Radlett’s 216-8 when the umpires awarded the game to the visitors, despite the fact 20 overs had not been bowled.

Barney Francis finished on a unbeaten 49 for Harpenden after Jack Doyle had picked up figures of 3-32 with the ball.

Maaz Sheth had top-scored for Radlett with 54 not out.