Radlett bowl out WGC for 138 in seven-wicket win

For the second week running, Shane Burger struck early for Radlett. Picture: Danny Loo

For the second week running, Shane Burger struck early for Radlett. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

Radlett bowled out Welwyn Garden City for 138 in their seven-wicket win in the Saracens Herts Premier Division.

It was the third game in a row that Jono McLean’s bowling attack had given their batting team-mates less than 206 runs to chase. And all three have resulted in comfortable wins.

It was also the second consecutive game that Ben Lederman and Shane Burger have struck early to put their opponents in a hole. Last week, they reduced Hertford to 17-3 in a four-wicket win and, on Saturday, they had WGC floundering at 0-1 and 31-2 after Burger trapped James Hewitt in front and Lederman clean bowled Simon Greenall for 22.

Lederman then had Louis Champion caught by Kabir Toor to put WGC in deeper trouble at 54-3.

Owais Shah, WGC’s top scorer with 39, led a brief resistance but Randeep Sanghera and Rob Clements struck before they reached 100 runs, removing Alex Chalker and Scott Walter.

The former England batsman’s innings was ended when he picked out Toor in the field off Clements, and WGC were soon all back in the pavilion.

Clements picked up another two wickets to record his best match figures of the season, 4-17, and Toor took his team-leading, season’s tally to 29 wickets as WGC set Radlett a pedestrian target of 138.

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The chase suffered two early setbacks as Fraser Crawford as out LBW for 11 and Scott Walter dismissed Toor in the same way for 16.

From there on out it was business as usual for the league leaders. McLean fell two runs shy of his fifth 50 of the season but his 79 run stand with Joe Cooke set Radlett up for their seven wicket victory, which was confirmed with an unbroken partnership of 28 between Cooke and Burger.