Huge partnership strengthens Radlett’s position

Kabir Toor bowls for Radlett

Kabir Toor bowls for Radlett - Credit: Archant

Kabir Toor and Joe Cooke strengthen Radlett’s grasp on top spot in the Saracens Herts Premier Division with a huge partnership in Saturday’s win over Potters Bar.

Coming together at 1-1 following Fraser Crawford’s dismissal for one, Toor and Cooke spent the next 41.3 overs hitting Bar’s bowlers to all parts of the ground in an unbroken stand of 212.

Toor carried his bat for 109 from 128 balls, his highest score of the season, besting the 106 he hit against North Mymms on May 9. He found the boundary 14 times and cleared the rope a further three times during his second century of the summer.

Cooke fell one run shy of his ton, finishing unbeaten for 99 from 132 balls in an innings that included two sixes and 11 fours. There’s something about Bar that Cooke likes going against. He scored his only century of the season in the reverse fixture on June 6, which Radlett won by 99 runs.

The win puts Radlett 37 points ahead of North Mymms with four games to play. Top spot and home advantage throughout the play-offs isn’t assured, though, with games against top six sides Harpenden, Sawbridgeworth and Bishop’s Stortford to come.

If they can bat, bowl and field like they did on Saturday then the road to the championship will run through Cobden Hill.

Randeep Sanghera gave up a miserly 40 runs from this 9.3 overs and took three wickets and Matt Creese was just as good, surrendering an average of three an over and dismissing the dangerous Patrick Scott for 51 and Don Manuwelge for 13.

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Opener Harrison Palmer held the majority of Bar’s innings together, hitting 163 balls for 90 runs, before he was out, caught and bowled by Rob Clements, for the sixth wicket.

The innings quickly subsided as Bar slumped from 192-6 to 210 all out, a total Toor and Cooke made light work off surpassing.