Harpenden left with win or bust battle as Radlett clinch their own safety with success

Harpenden V Radlett - Fraser Crawford batting for Radlett.
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Harpenden V Radlett - Fraser Crawford batting for Radlett. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

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.

Harpenden V Radlett - Harpenden celebrate.
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Harpenden V Radlett - Harpenden celebrate. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

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.

Harpenden V Radlett - Fraser Crawford batting for Radlett.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Harpenden V Radlett - Fraser Crawford batting for Radlett. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Should they do so it will drop their hosts on Saturday into that dogfight.

Harpenden V Radlett .
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Harpenden V Radlett . Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

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.

Harpenden V Radlett - Will Latham bowling for Harpenden.
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Harpenden V Radlett - Will Latham bowling for Harpenden. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

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.

Harpenden V Radlett - Josh De-Caires batting for Radlett.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Harpenden V Radlett - Josh De-Caires batting for Radlett. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant


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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.

Harpenden V Radlett - Fraser Crawford batting for Radlett.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Harpenden V Radlett - Fraser Crawford batting for Radlett. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Neal and Frazer both ended up with two wickets, as did Gus Laws-Mather, with a run-out accounting for the other wicket.

Harpenden V Radlett - Fraser Crawford batting for Radlett.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Harpenden V Radlett - Fraser Crawford batting for Radlett. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

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The reply started superbly with Gregg Cooper and Frazer adding 78 for the first wicket.

Harpenden V Radlett - Josh De-Caires batting for Radlett.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Harpenden V Radlett - Josh De-Caires batting for Radlett. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

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.

Harpenden V Radlett - Josh De-Caires batting for Radlett.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Harpenden V Radlett - Josh De-Caires batting for Radlett. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

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.

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Harpenden V Radlett - Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

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.

Harpenden V Radlett - Andrew Neil bowling for Harpenden.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Harpenden V Radlett - Andrew Neil bowling for Harpenden. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Zareef finished on 2-27 and there was also two wickets for Rahil Thapar and De Caires.

Harpenden V Radlett - Fraser Crawford batting for Radlett.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Harpenden V Radlett - Fraser Crawford batting for Radlett. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Randeep Sanghera was the star with 3-43

Harpenden V Radlett - Will Latham bowling for Harpenden.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Harpenden V Radlett - Will Latham bowling for Harpenden. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

A former Harpenden captain set a unique club record at the weekend.

Harpenden V Radlett - Harpenden celebrate.
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Harpenden V Radlett - Harpenden celebrate. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

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.

Harpenden V Radlett - Harpenden celebrate.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Harpenden V Radlett - Harpenden celebrate. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

These include all six Saturday teams, the first and second team Sunday squads as well as both the midweek and vets teams.

Harpenden V Radlett - Fraser Crawford batting for Radlett.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Harpenden V Radlett - Fraser Crawford batting for Radlett. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

He has even managed the feat for Harpenden’s touring sides to Barbados, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and Spain.

Harpenden V Radlett - Harpenden celebrate.
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Harpenden V Radlett - Harpenden celebrate. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Harpenden V Radlett - Josh De-Caires batting for Radlett.
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Harpenden V Radlett - Josh De-Caires batting for Radlett. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Harpenden V Radlett - Harpenden celebrate.
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Harpenden V Radlett - Harpenden celebrate. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Harpenden V Radlett - Harpenden celebrate.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Harpenden V Radlett - Harpenden celebrate. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

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