Radlett CC 3rd XI v Hatfield Crusaders on Sat 08 May 2010 at 1.00
Match was Drawn

Match report Radlett 3rd XI v Hatfield Crusaders (home) 9th May 2010

Poor Hatfield Crusaders started the season minus 30 penalty points for going into administration (or something). What’s more they have lost their best player who helped them get promotion from division 5 last season. But they are an enthusiastic and optimistically friendly team.
Both sides had lost our first games with some ease, so were a bit on the defensive. Thus Eddo Edwards elected to bat first on winning the toss.
The Radlett side contained five former captains, welcoming back some important players. Their innings of 215-8 declared from 51 overs owed almost everything to a magnificent 94 from skipper Edwards. I have played a lot of cricket with Ian Edwards, but I have never seen him perform so fluently and confidently, in wintry conditions. He did not play one false shot apart from the one that got him out, unselfishly going for quick runs. Wonderful off drives and deft flicks off his legs made this an innings that may not be bettered all season by any 3rd XI batsman.
It was good to see the grizzled Jim Clarke, who has been hiding in a cupboard for the last five years. He has lost none of his determination and courage, and not only batted well, but pouched a horribly droppable skied catch.
Simon Randall and Ben Thornhill have also been missed, and are very important returnees. Both batted well to support Edwards’ virtuosity.
It was Tony Peck though, who contributed the most telling support, wielding his mighty truncheon to make 33 in very quick time, and make a score of 200+ a reality.
Prabs Armageddon, Shameel Ahmed and the incredibly spritely Tony Johnson all made decent contributions.
Thus after a poor start, Edwards was afforded the luxury of a declaration, leaving Radlett 49 overs to take ten wickets, and Hatfield to get 216 runs.
This proved too much for either side. And in truth Radlett will have felt that they lost out, not having the firepower to close out the game when they had Hatfield 37-5 after 18 overs. In fairness, Hatfield did not lay own and die, but showed much spirit to hold out and end on 145-8.
Prabs Armourhelmet finished with a well-deserved 5-47, and in between talking garbage in a loud voice, Dan Cohen took the time to bowl well. Zaheer Gitay, known as “The Crafty Beaver” bowled excellently without taking a single wicket, while Shameel looked both rusty and dangerous in the same over. Such was the desperation to take the final wickets that Ingram was brought on, and when he took a wicket, then Ben Thornhill effected a brilliant run out, Radlett had 11 deliveries to take the last two wickets, but Hatfield held out.
One feels that Edwards did everything he could, and the fielding was good, but the bowling was not quite incisive enough, and credit must go to the determination of Hatfield batsmen.
But 18 points is a decent return for Radlett, who usually start the season in the divisions nether regions.
Mention must be made also, of the excellent standard of umpiring maintained by Geoff Bird and his colleague in unpleasant conditions. Let’s hope next week will be warmer for all of us, and that Radlett can accumulate the points to obviate the end of season scramble against relegation.

Radlett CC 3rd XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 8 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Dominic Ingram Caught  0
James Clarke Lbw  15 1
Simon Randall Bowled  12
Iain Edwards Bowled  94
Prabhu Arumugam Bowled  7
Ben Thornhill Bowled  12 1
Tony Peck Bowled  33
Tony Johnson Bowled  9 1 1 1
Shameel Ahmed Not Out  13
Zahur Gitay  
Dan Cohen  

Hatfield Crusaders Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Hatfield Crusaders Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 8 wickets
146 (0.0 overs)

Radlett CC 3rd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Dan Cohen10.0338138.003.80
Zahur Gitay13.043200.002.46
Prabhu Arumugam18.034759.402.61
Shameel Ahmed4.001400.003.50
Dominic Ingram4.01515.001.25

  • Umpire :
  • Scorer :