Radlett set for biggest day in club’s history

Radlett CC v Totteridge Millhillians

Radlett CC v Totteridge Millhillians - Credit: Archant

Radlett Cricket Club are just one step away from one of the biggest days in the club’s history.

They will face Nottingham-based West Indian Cavaliers at Cobden Hill in the ECB’s NatWest T20 on August 21, with the winners making it to the televised National Finals Day to be held at the Derby County Ground next month.

No Hertfordshire side has ever reached this far in the competition’s history and the club will be expecting a bumper crowd.

They reached this stage coming out on top of a four-team area final, held at Reading.

Radlett were inspired by captain Fraser Crawford and the teenage prodigy Joe Cooke as they roared through with crushing wins against High Wycombe and North Middlesex.

High Wycombe had started the day as favourites but 95 not out from Crawford and a total of 204-2 made the 18-run victory margin more comfortable than it looked.

In the final Cooke smashed 87 in a Radlett total of 191-6, a target that North Middlesex could not challenge as they faded to 132 all out and a 59-run defeat.

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Kabir Toor hit 48 and 41 in the two games and claimed three wickets with his leg-spin in the final.

That came after Radlett had been held to a draw at home to Totteridege Millhillians, a result that cuts their lead in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Premier Division to just 11 from Welwyn Garden City and 12 from Harpenden.

Radlett made 231-9 in their 60 overs with Crawford top-scoring on 70.

They were restricted by the twin bowling attack of former England spinners Monty Panesar and John Emburey who took seven wickets between them from 40 overs.

In reply Randeep Sanghera did his level best to bring victory to the hosts claiming 5-43 but Totteridge managed to crawl their way to the time limit, finishing on 201-9 from 55 overs.

Radlett will hope the return of limited overs cricket on Saturday will help stop the rot which has seen the club go five league games without a win.

Potters Bar provide the opposition at The Walk.