Preview: Radlett well placed to replicate remarkable season

Radlett batsman Jono McLean

Radlett batsman Jono McLean - Credit: Archant

Jono McLean is confident Radlett can replicate the success they had last year.

The Cobden Hill side topped the Saracens Herts Premier Division and then proceeded to win the play-off final against Harpenden. They also clinched the Readers T20 Cup and the Watford Observer 14Fourteen to cap a remarkable season.

After a fantastic year, Radlett will have a real task on their hands to maintain their lofty standards. McLean, though, is confident.

“We had a fantastic year and I’d like to think we could do it again,” he told the Herts Ad. “It will be very hard to repeat the success of last year. We have got off to a really good start the last couple of years; we’ll need another fast start this season.

“That’s why we’ve had tough preseason fixtures to get us off to a winning start. We want everyone in the side ready to go, with decent knocks and overs under their belts before the season.”

The majority of Radlett’s treble-winning team returns this season, with Kabir Toor, who spent a week playing in India, Fraser Crawford, Shane Burger, Joe Cooke and Randeep Sanghera all back in the fray, making them one of the favourites to lift the title.

The one exception is Chad Barrett. The former Northamptonshire all-rounder has left the club and been replaced by U17 Middlesex seamer Stan Tinkler.

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“We’ve got a good side again and retained the same nucleus of players,” said McLean. “We’ve got a really good shot of being right up there and winning at least one or two trophies.”

As for the competition they’ll face this season, Radlett’s skipper believes it’ll be the same teams as last year contending for the title.

“I think it will be the same frontrunners as last year – us, Harpenden, Welwyn Garden City and Bishop’s Stortford – unless some of the others teams have brought in new players or good youngsters, which would be fantastic in strengthening the league and building it to be competitive with more teams going for the title,” he said.

Radlett’s league season begins on Saturday at Cobden Hill against North Mymms, 11.30am start.