Radlett robbed by the rain
HCPL Division One Radlett 206-4 Henley 238-6 match abandoned RADLETT were denied a win by the weather for the second time in three weeks on Saturday. Shane Burger s side needed just 37 to win from the last seven overs to secure a deserved victory over le
HCPL Division One
Radlett 206-4 Henley 238-6 match abandoned
RADLETT were denied a win by the weather for the second time in three weeks on Saturday.
Shane Burger's side needed just 37 to win from the last seven overs to secure a deserved victory over league leaders Henley, when the umpires took the teams off because of the rain and they never returned to the field of play.
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Radlett were unhappy with the decision, especially when the game had continued in the same weather for long periods but there was little they could do about it.
Henley had started brightly despite a couple of early interruptions from the rain, with openers Michael Roberts (54) and David Barnes (45) seeing off Burger and Heath Paynter with the new ball.
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It was the introduction of spin twins Paul Barker and Kabir Toor that started to turn the game the home side's way.
Barker wasted little time in stamping his authority on the game removing both of the openers in quick succession.
Jonathan McLean had added 21 to the scoreboard before Toor bowled him and the Radlett spinner soon had his second wicket when Bjorn Mordt (4) was caught by Burger.
Burger came back into the attack to pick up Carl Crowe (42) caught by Tom Jenkins and the wicket-keeper played his part in the removal of former Middlesex man Chad Keegan, stumping the batsmen off the bowling of Toor for 43.
The visitors ended their innings on 238-6 from the 60 overs and Radlett were confident they could chase that target down.
The home side's innings didn't get off to the greatest of starts as Leo Sandino-Taylor (14) fell early on.
This did however bring in-form batsman Jenkins to the crease, who'd smashed an unbeaten 151 last time out, and he carried on where he left off quickly pushing the score along.
Opener Toor had scored 19 before he fell in the 15th over but this did little to disrupt Radlett's rhythm as Jenkins and Fakir Dungaria powered on.
The pair put on 77 for the third wicket with some attractive stroke play but, shortly after passing his half century, Jenkins (55) was caught at square leg pulling the spinner Crowe.
Burger came out to the middle and carried on in the same vein as Jenkins as the home side chased down the Henley score.
Dungaria was the next man to make a half century but he was unable to push on falling lbw to Mordt for 60.
Burger (39no) and Andre Sharma (11no) looked set to lead Radlett to victory but then the weather intervened with the home side in touching distance of victory.