Sachdeva shines in rain
HCPL Division One High Wycombe 238-7 (50) Radlett 166-7 (30) BOWLER Atul Sachdeva shone as Radlett played out a rain-affected fixture at High Wycombe on Saturday. The return match in the Home Counties was always going to be exciting but in the end
HCPL Division One
High Wycombe 238-7 (50) Radlett 166-7 (30)
BOWLER Atul Sachdeva shone as Radlett played out a rain-affected fixture at High Wycombe on Saturday.
The return match in the Home Counties was always going to be exciting but in the end the weather had the final say and even great work from spinner Sachdeva could not restrict High Wycombe to a total which could be chased.
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Radlett skipper Shane Burger won the toss and elected to bowl first. The start was delayed after lunch as the pitch was waterlogged and the overs split was changed from the conventional 66/54 to 50/40.
The Radlett bowlers were hit around the park early on and a really big score looked on the cards. It was only after the introduction of Sachdeva that things turned around and he claimed a few quick wickets to force Wycombe to a lower total.
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High Wycombe posted 238-7 from 50 overs with Taylor (83) and Sawyer (57) doing the most damage. Sachdeva picked up 5-81, skipper Burger conceded just 22 off his 10 overs and Middlesex duo Kabir Toor and Gareth Berg each claimed one wicket.
Radlett got off to a poor start in reply when Anish Patel was adjudged lbw from the first ball he faced.
Graham Dill joined young star Toor and the pair hit regular boundaries, before the tea interval brought more rain and suddenly the overs were reduced to 30.
Radlett faced a tough task to chase the runs but Dill and Toor continued the positive batting. Both reached half centuries in quick time and, at 121 for 1 off 19 overs, the game was there for the taking. Dill was stumped for a well-played 50 trying to force the pace and, when Gareth Berg lost his wicket for 11 the game was swinging in Wycombe's favour. Toor reached 62 before he was dismissed.
Radlett would have to block out for a draw and in the end lost seven wickets, handing High Wycombe more points.
The match between Radlett II and Hatfield at Cobden Hill in Division Two of the Saracens Herts League was cancelled due to the weather.
Radlett III made it four wins in a row and they are now unbeaten since mid May in Division Four.
Victory at Hertingfordbury was achieved with teamwork the key as all players again made contributions. The side have embarked on a remarkable run after losing their first four matches following promotion last summer.
Radlett were inserted and Amjad Khan (34) held the innings together after a steady start from Dominic Ingram and Shamit Nathwani. Josh Rose added a lightning 26 not out off 14 balls at the end.
The 154 target set was arguably not enough but spirited bowling, excellent teamwork and the guiding influence of experienced skipper Iain Edwards saw Hertingfordbury reduced to 101 all out. Hasit Mehta claimed 4-36 for Radlett. Ross Carpenter applied the pressure with some fabulous bowling and picked up two wickets before Zed Gitay took the last two wickets in two consecutive balls.
Radlett IV took on Hemel Hempstead III in Division Six and fell short with the bat on Saturday.
Hemel were inserted at Cobden Hill and with Neil Lederman taking 4-35, they were restricted to 134-7 off 51 overs. Toby Sutherland picked up two wickets.
In reply, only Lloyd Paternott (44) and Hardain Nandhra (18) made any real impression with the bat and Radlett crashed all out for 111.
Radlett V achieved their third consecutive victory, this time by seven wickets at St Margaretsbury.
Tight bowling saw the hosts constricted to just 119-8 in 47 overs, with two wickets each for John Mansell, Pete Wharton and Matt Barrett.
Victory came in the 26th over with runs from Shabbir Foyez (24), Mayur Hindocha (32) and Jeremy Elliott (30).