Harpenden hit top form as Radlett’s unbeaten streak is ended
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A century from Scott Galloway helped Harpenden Cricket Club to a vital victory – and ended Radlett’s long unbeaten streak in the process.
Galloway eventually finished on 110 not out as Harpenden posted an impressive 296-5 from their 60 overs.
And with the bowlers also producing some fine deliveries, the visitors to Cobden Hill dismissed their hosts for 194, gaining a 102-run victory.
It was Radlett’s first defeat in 20 games, their last loss coming against North Mymms over 12 months ago.
The top-of-the-table clash didn’t alter the relevent positions of the two sides, with Radlett remaining on top ahead of second-placed Harps.
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But the gap has now been narrowed to 35 points and Harpenden will head into the remainder of the season full of confidence.
Galloway’s knock came at almost a run a ball, and saw him hit 14 fours and two sixes.
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And with James Latham, who ended eight short of his own century, he helped put on 200 for the fifth wicket.
The partnership was pretty timely as the pair came together with Harpenden at 70-4.
Matt Creese had done the early damage, taking the important wicket of Ben Frazer along the way, and both he and Maaz Sheth finished with two wickets apiece.
The Radlett reply got off to an awful start, captain Kabir Toor departed for a duck with Radlett only on three.
Only Tom Jenkins in the top half of the order looked to be in any sort of form and his innings helped arrest a slow start which had seen Radlett on 46-4 at one stage.
His departure, caught by Jake Pankhurst off the bowling of Harry Josephs for 51, left them on 124-7 and seemingly on the verge of a first defeat since last season.
And despite a brave display from the tail-enders, that was confirmed after 57 overs when Ben Lederman was last man out.
Frazer picked up 4-60 from 20 overs with Bradley Finch’s 3-40 off 17 equally impressive.
Harpenden will look to continue their fine form, which has seen them remain undefeated since an opening day defeat to Totteridge Millhillians, when they host bottom side Sawbridgeworth on Saturday.
Radlett travel to fourth-place Welwyn Garden City.