McLean’s 88 guides Radlett into top spot

Radlett batsman Jono McLean

Radlett batsman Jono McLean - Credit: Archant

Jono McLean scored a superb unbeaten 88 to lead Radlett to the summit of the Saracens Herts Premier Division.

Radlett’s captain scored 13 fours in his match-winning innings against Letchworth Garden City as the Cobden Hill side leapfrogged Harpenden, who were destroyed by North Mymms, into top spot.

It was a brilliant knock from McLean who notched his second highest score of the season, bested only by the unbeaten 133 he recorded against North Mymms on September 5.

The South African’s third half-century of the season came in a game where the Radlett’s bats were red hot.

Fraser Crawford seems to be working his way back into form, following up a 58 against Hoddesdon with 35 on Saturday after four games in which he failed to reach 20. He and Kabir Toor put 58 runs on the board for the first wicket before Toor was clean-bowled by Praveen Bhatti for 30.

Letchworth bowler Maxford Pipe then skittled Crawford, bringing McLean out into the middle to join Joe Cooke. The pair took a sizeable chunk out of the 215 target, putting 75 runs on the board before Bhatti claimed his second wicket of the day, rearranging Cooke’s stumps after the right-hander had scored 32.

McLean scythed the field for his 50 soon after and took Radlett over 200 in a one-sided partnership with Shane Burger, who edged Pipe behind to depart for 10.

Victory was soon complete, though, as McLean and Tom Jenkins, who carried his bat for eight, scored the winnings runs as Radlett won by six wickets.

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Letchworth played their part in an excellent game, with their top order finding plenty of success against Radlett’s bowling attack. Opener Tom Simmons scored 44 before being spun out by Kabir Toor, the first of his three wickets on the day, and Will Bates fell one run shy of his half-century.

Pipe added 31 from number four as Letchworth reached 149-4.

The innings quickly tailed off, though. Ben Lederman removed Adam Winchester and Tim Graham in quick succession and McLean caught Robert White out of his crease, throwing down the stumps. Will Aitenkenhead led a tail end recover, scoring an unbeaten 38, but he ran out of partners as Bhatti edged to wicketkeeper Tom Jenkins and Toor got the ball through Dominic Simmons’ gate.