Preston II v Radlett CC 4th XI on Sat 01 Jul 2006 at 13:30
Match was Drawn

Match report James Eyre’s 94-ball hundred was the highlight of Radlett IV’s dominant draw at Preston in Division Six. The team score of 273 was a fourth-team league record, though it is unlikely Matt Bell was aware of that when he declared after 51 overs.
Radlett had been left with only 10 men for the journey to rural north Hertfordshire after Phil Simmons withdrew from the team without informing the club. This affected the enjoyment of the game at a lovely ground in the summer sunshine.
The blend of old and new was quite striking, with an attractive pavilion, a variety of fine trees, slick mature turf and electronic scoreboard. A buzzard could be seen hovering over the woods, possibly in search of prey but more likely for simple enjoyment of the warm air.
The relaid pitch gave the bowlers little encouragement, and Jamie Wells and Matt Bell peppered the boundary. Both were bowled in quick succession by Preston’s Sri Lankan seamer. Bell, curiously, had been stuck at one end for 13 overs, falling to the first ball he received in unfamiliar territory.
Charlie Randall and Eyre – it’s the very old and very new again -- piled on 129 in 24 overs. Randall passed his fifty in 77 balls and Eyre, driving superbly, needed only 42 as the score rushed along. When Simon Randall joined Eyre, Radlett’s momentum took on new life, with another 90 runs added in 13 overs. Eyre went on to 125 not out in 106 balls, and Randall finished not out for the fourth innings in a row for a total of 250 runs.
There is less to be said about the Preston innings, as Radlett never looked like bowling them out and at times did not seem to be trying to force the issue. Having won the toss, Bell possibly batted on one over too long when 15 runs were added. Even facing only eight fielders and a short boundary one side, Preston had a mountain to climb, especially when a run-out and two good wickets from Meeps Meepagama set back the run-rate.
The run-out was an intriguing piece of cricket from Bell. He dropped a medium height skier and while fielder and batsmen were both busy cursing themselves, it was Bell who first awoke to the run-out opportunity.
Radlett rarely looked like beating a weaker side, though a dropped regulation slip catch off Eyre gave opener Burleigh a let-off in the 80s. If he had gone then before completing his century, Bell might well have been celebrating victory.

Radlett CC 4th XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 3 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Matthew Bell Bowled  30
Jamie Wells Bowled  21
Charles Randall Caught  57
James Eyre Not Out  125
Simon Randall Not Out  27
Ross Carpenter   1
Chandana Meepegama  
Ceri Luffman  
Ross Carpenter  
Jeremy Menzies  
Phil Simmons  

Preston II Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Preston II Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 7 wickets
214 (0.0 overs)

Radlett CC 4th XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
James Eyre14.054600.003.29
Chandana Meepegama12.0252226.004.33
Ross Carpenter8.003800.004.75
Jeremy Menzies11.0245315.004.09
Charles Randall3.0011111.003.67