Harpenden left with win or bust battle as Radlett clinch their own safety with success
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It will all boil down to a winner-takes-all game for Harpenden in their quest to avoid relegation from the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Premier Division.
Defeat at home to Radlett means Harps must win at Bishop’s Stortford in the final game of the regular season to avoid a play-off against either Hoddesdon, Ampthill Town or Dunstable.
Should they do so it will drop their hosts on Saturday into that dogfight.
This week’s game also saw Radlett confirm their own safety, a fact helped by a stand of 105 for the third wicket between Fraser Crawford and Josh De Caires.
The latter was the man to go first, caught and bowled by Andrew Neal for 65, but Crawford kept battling away before he was eventually bowled by Ben Frazer for a 129-ball 73.
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It was a huge aid in Radlett getting to 177-7 in 45 rain-affected overs as only Christopher Arul joined them on double figures.
Neal and Frazer both ended up with two wickets, as did Gus Laws-Mather, with a run-out accounting for the other wicket.
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The reply started superbly with Gregg Cooper and Frazer adding 78 for the first wicket.
That partnership was all about Frazer though as he plundered 60 of those runs and when he was second man out, bowled by Muhammed Adil Zareef on 76, Harpenden were still in charge on 100-2.
However, the rest of the batting order struggled in the face of some stiff and tight bowling and when Scott Galloway was seventh man out, they were on 147.
That was still just 30 runs from victory but only William Latham mounted any resistance late on, and he was last man out, 13 runs short of victory.
Zareef finished on 2-27 and there was also two wickets for Rahil Thapar and De Caires.
Randeep Sanghera was the star with 3-43
A former Harpenden captain set a unique club record at the weekend.
Simon Caunce hit 77 in the fifth team’s victory over Abbots Langley, meaning he has now completed a half-century for every possible team in the club.
These include all six Saturday teams, the first and second team Sunday squads as well as both the midweek and vets teams.
He has even managed the feat for Harpenden’s touring sides to Barbados, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and Spain.