Radlett suffer set-back as WGC pick up first win

Johnny Armitage bats for Radlett

Johnny Armitage bats for Radlett - Credit: Archant

Radlett suffered their first set-back of the Saracens Herts Premier Division season, a four wicket loss to Welwyn Garden City at Digswell Park.

It was the Cobden Hill side’s first loss in four matches and leaves rivals Harpenden as the sole club without a blemish to its record.

The outcome went down to the final over but it was the innings from WGC’s Simon Greenall (52) and Andrew Nolan (66*) that proved to be the difference. They produced the top scores on a wicket that benefitted the batsmen greatly.

Radlett opted to bat first on the Digswell pitch but runs were hard to come by against the new-ball bowling of Scott Walter (1-27) and Connor Emerton (0-20).

Fraser Crawford (18) and Kabir Toor (7) saw the shine off the new ball before Walter made the first inroad, inducing an edge from Toor to Greenall. Simon Bridgewater (3-48) then had Crawford caught by Oli Bailey as Radlett reached 43-2.

The game turned in the Radlett’s favour as Joe Cooke (30) and Jono McLean (29) got stuck into the bowling. They started a terrific spell from the middle order that saw Shane Burger (23), Matt Creese (17) and Johnny Armitage (39) all find success.

Ben Lederman (16) added some important runs at the end of the innings before Ross Carpenter (1) was run out and the innings closed on a below par 216.

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WGC’s innings mirrored that of Radlett’s as the top of the hosts’ order struggled to make runs against the opening bowlers, Randeep Sanghera (1-32) and Ben Lederman (0-36).

The middle order found more success as Owais Shah made 20 off 16 balls before being spun out by Toor. Walter (17) followed the former England allrounder back to the pavilion with WGC in trouble at 77-4.

The dismissals brought Greenall and Nolan together in the middle and they prompted put on 89 runs for the fifth wicket. The partnership was ended when Cooke caught Greenall off his own bowling.

Then, in a one-side 47 run showing with Bailey (15), Nolan put his side on the precipice of victory before scoring the required runs off the first ball of the final over to hand WGC their first win of the season.