Radlett fail to capitalise on WGC slip-up

Shane Burger hit an unbeaten 75 for Radlett against North Mymms.

Shane Burger hit an unbeaten 75 for Radlett against North Mymms. - Credit: Archant

Radlett’s batting woe returned in Saturday’s 61-run loss to North Mymms and with it their chance to go top of the Saracens Herts Premier Division.

Leaders Welwyn Garden City could only draw with Sawbridgeworth on Saturday, meaning their lead at the top was just 11 points, but Radlett, for the third time this season, failed to take advantage.

While Jono McLean’s side remain in second, third-placed Harpenden comfortably beat Potters Bar to move within 12 points of Radlett with four games remaining befor the play-offs begin.

Having been put into bat, Mymms’ innings centred on Herts captain Nesan Jeyaratnam who hit an unbeaten century after opening with Hamza Qayyum (0).

He found scoring partners in Andy Lewis (31) and Rhys Carter (40) as Mymms posted their sixth highest score of the season.

Apart from Jeyaratnam, Lewis and Carter, Radlett were very efficient in their bowling, allowing only one other batsmen, Neil Bamford (12), to reach double figures.

In fact, the bowling attack, led by Ben Lederman (4-43), dismissed seven batsmen for two runs or less but Jeyaratnam’s superb 122 was enough to set Radlett a target of 226 runs to win.

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Without Fraser Crawford, whose 51 was Radlett’s highest score in last week’s win over Harpenden, Joe Cooke opened with Kabir Toor (27) but he managed just nine runs before he was bowled by Rhys Wynne.

Much like Mymm’s innings, Radlett had one stand-out performance in an otherwise unimpressive batting display. An unbeaten 75 from Shane Burger, his second highest league score of the season, was the highlight but his supporting cast – other than Toor and Chad Barrett (15) – gave up their wickets cheaply.

Radlett were bowled out for 164 in 51 overs, 12 balls shy of securing a draw that would have seen them reduce the gap to WGC by five points.