Toor leads Radlett to sensational win at Slough
Home Counties Premier League Division One Slough 235-10 (62.4) Radlett 236-5 (44.0) RADLETT got their season back on track with a magnificent win at Slough inspired by outstanding young star Kabir Toor.
Home Counties Premier League Division One
Slough 235-10 (62.4) Radlett 236-5 (44.0)
RADLETT got their season back on track with a magnificent win at Slough inspired by outstanding young star Kabir Toor.
On a very overcast and damp day, Shane Burger's Radlett side put together a superb team display to record their first ever HCPL Division One victory at 2005 and 2006 champions and 2007 runners-up Slough.
Radlett won the toss and elected to field in conditions that favoured seam bowling. Burger struck early with three wickets to leave Slough floundering at 81 for 4. However, Slough recovered the situation with a 77-run partnership and eventually posted a respectable total of 235. Radlett's new recruit Paul Barker was the pick of the bowlers picking up 5-71 in 21.4 overs. This tally was one short of Tom Jenkins, Radlett's Herts keeper, who achieved six dismissals in the innings, a stunning four stumpings and two catches.
Rain interruptions then made life harder in reducing the number of overs available for the Radlett reply to just 46, the required run rate being in excess of five.
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The task increased with a wicket down in the first over before James Lewis and Steve Lowe set about laying a foundation but were dismissed in quick succession reducing Radlett to 75 for 3.
Skipper Burger and Toor, then took up the challenge putting on a stand of 83 for the fourth wicket before Burger was bowled for 48. Toor shrugged off the loss of his captain and, ably assisted by Felix Walker (17) and Jenkins (15 not out), led the way to victory with a match winning 87 not out. It was Toor who, in the penultimate over, hit the winning runs, carving the Slough captain, Bobby Sher, for a boundary through the off side, to the rapturous acclaim from his team mates and supporters. Radlett had totally out-played their opponents in all departments.
Delighted skipper Burger, said: "What a fantastic win. It is our first ever win away to Slough and it took a real team effort. Every single person chipped in and I am proud of each and every member of the side. Kabir Toor batted with responsibility and maturity beyond his years and I am really chuffed for our new recruit Paul Barker who picked up 5-71 in a marathon spell in conditions that did not favour him. After last week's dismal performance against High Wycombe, it is nice to bounce back with such a fantastic win against such quality opposition."
The weather ruined what might have been a very good game on Saturday between Radlett II and Old Albanians in Division Two of the Saracens Herts League.
OA skipper John Smithers elected to bat first and the visitors came out firing with the run rate always above five. Stuart Browne (2-59 from 19 overs) was the only bowler to hold them in check with the others struggling to contain with a wet ball. Smithers smashed 84 runs and overseas star Kwesi Roy hit 64 not out. Dropped chances proved costly for Radlett as OAs fired 251-6.
OAs declared at the halfway point of 45 overs in a shortened match but a further stoppage costing nine overs really robbed Radlett of setting about the run chase. A good base created by Nick Fielden (29 not out) and Scott John (24 not out) of 59-0 from 16 overs suggested that it would have been a very interesting and lively evening session but in the end rain and bad light had the final say. Handshakes all round after a competitive but good natured contest and 10 points for each side.
On Sunday, Radlett lost to Stanmore by 49 runs in the ECB Cockspur Cup. Stanmore batted first and hit 273-9 with Robbie Crocker claiming 3-52 off nine overs and Simon Jackson taking 2-42 off eight overs. Rob Watson and Paul Barker also claimed a brace of wickets each.
In reply, Radlett opener Ashley Tillett crashed 48 runs and Rob Watson (30), Mike Crocker (29) and Simon Jackson (32) all made starts but could not push the Cobden Hill outfit to victory.
Radlett III fell to their third consecutive defeat of the season in Division Four as they were beaten by hosts Hatfield Hyde.
The top five batsmen all fell in single figures before Prabhu Arumugam (24) batted sensibly and Zahur Gitay (30) hammered a good cameo innings. Young debutant Ben Charles, who also kept tidily and took a good catch, scored 12 but Radlett collapsed all out for 101.
In reply, Hatfield Hyde eased to victory scoring 102-2 with the Radlett bowlers having no chance to express themselves. Josh Rose and Zahur Gitay each claimed one wicket.
Radlett IV went down by five wickets in soaked conditions to Potters Bar III, one of the stronger sides in Division Six.
A sound 55 by Matt Bell, with dogged support from Tony Johnson (38), and another excellent innings from Chandana Meepagama (42 not out) helped Radlett towards what their opponents feared was a very good total on a rain-affected pitch and slow outfield. Radlett posted 181-6.
Unfortunately further rain, the cold and the dark made the ball harder to hold and harder to see for the fielding side until the game finished at almost 8.30pm.
Meepagama (2-52) was the only bowler to keep a controlled line and length as Potters Bar launched an assault on their target of 182 off 41 overs, which they achieved with two overs to spare.