Radlett go 29 points clear at the top

Fraser Crawford bats for Radlett

Fraser Crawford bats for Radlett - Credit: Archant

Radlett strengthened their position at the top of the Saracens Herts Premier Division with a four-wicket victory over Hertford at Balls Park.

Jono McLean’s side is now 29 points clear of second-placed Harpenden, who drew with Potters Bar on Saturday.

With six games remaining, last season’s play-off champions are well positioned to earn home-field advantage by finishing in first place.

Saturday’s victory was a vintage Radlett performance: restrict their opponents to a low score and then chase it down.

Having opted to bowl first, Ben Lederman made an early breakthrough as Richard Leather picked out Stanley Tickler, who safely held the catch. Hertford slipped from 11-1 to 17-3 when Shane Burger beat Jon Ryan all ends up to send the opener back to the pavilion for five and followed up by having William Bancroft caught.

William Ray and Daniel Ter Braak steered Hertford away from danger with a 101 stand for the fourth wicket. Ray passed his half century before succumbing to Kabir Toor’s offspin to end his knock at 58.

Ben Cowell came in and hit 21, which was matched by Chris Cook in the final partnership of 26 with Ter Braak, who carried his bat for 88 as the innings closed on 205-5 after 52 overs.

As in previous matches, Radlett have found runs throughout the order rather than had to rely on one or two standout innings.

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Toor and Fraser Crawford got them started with an opening stand of 57. When Crawford was out for 41, Crawford and Joe Cooke put 70 runs on the board for the second wicket to put Radlett well on their way to surpassing their target.

A two-wicket wobble, which saw Toor and McLean out for five runs, gave Hertford a glimmer of hope but it was quickly extinguished by Cooke and Burger. They scored 33 runs for the fourth wicket before handing over to Cooke and Will Wright after Burger was out for 25.

Cooke and Wright amassed 35 and 12 respectively before both departing, leaving the score on 192-6. It was the last wicket to fall as Johnny Armitage and Matt Creese knocked off the required runs with overs to spare.