Ampthill Town II v Radlett CC 3rd XI on Sat 28 Jun 2003 at 1:30
Radlett CC Won 1 wicket

Match report Radlett won this vital league match, though by the smallest of margins, having looked the better side for the most of the game. Jon Tricker and debutant Zimbabwean Heath Paynter bowled quite beautifully and through the whole of the innings without being played with any sort of conviction. Yet when batting, Radlett, with 15 to win in 14 overs with 6 wickets in hand, very nearly lost this game, and with it any real chance of promotion.

But they didn’t.

Ampthill, standing 4th in the division, and Radlett’s first good opposition, won the toss and batted. Tricker and Paynter opened, and closed the bowling. Such was the domination of ball over bat that at drinks, halfway through their allotted 53 overs, Ampthill had barely reached forty, without any disastrous loss of wickets.

The Ampthill wicket is sand based, so although slowish, is quick-drying and blameless. Yet, though the pitch held no demons, Radlett’s two bowlers so tied up the batters with a line, and more particularly length that commanded attention and respect.

117 to win did not appear to present a major problem, and Ingram monopolised the scoring. Even when he was out at 64 for 4, having made 52 of them, with three sixes and six fours, Hardy and Armarugam seemed perfectly capable of completing the job, taking the score to 102 without further mishap, although they were both dropped.

When Hardy was caught at that score there began one of those collapses of wickets and confidence that can only happen in a game of cricket. Radlett lost four wickets for one run. Now there were 14 runs to win with two wickets left, and the odds were on the bowling side. Haxell hit two scorching fours. Tricker then skied one to mid-on, but was (mercifully) dropped. Haxell then walked at an appeal for caught behind. (What a twat!).Who said that sportsmanship does not exist.

So with two to win, and one wicket to fall, any of three results was possible. A draw highly unlikely, with eight overs to go.

Our new batsman, Heath Paynter, seven-wicket hero of the first innings, came to the wicket, and calmly leg-glanced two to win the game.

An unnecessarily dramatic ending to this match marred what for the first four hours was an excellent performance by Radlett, but the closeness shows why Ampthill are near the top of this division. Because they never gave up, even having been almost embarrassingly outplayed for most of the game. And they very nearly won it.

But they didn’t.

Radlett won, and thirty points, any way it is achieved, is welcome. With a maximum of three teams gaining promotion this season, competition is fierce. Promotion is almost a necessity for Radlett, and we learned two things today. Ampthill taught us that the game is never over until the end, and never to give up. Also we learned that even though we tried hard to lose the match we had, ultimately, the confidence to carry through the victory.

Well done us.

Radlett CC 3rd XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 9 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Dominic Ingram Caught  52
Mike Crocker Bowled  0
David Irwin Bowled  2
Tim Smithers Lbw  5 2
Prabhu Arumugam Lbw  21
Richard Hardy Caught  17
Zahur Gitay Lbw  0
Ian Sudbery Lbw  0 1
Richard Haxell Caught  9 1
Jon Tricker Not Out  3
Heath Paynter Not Out  2

Ampthill Town II Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Ampthill Town II Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
116 (0.0 overs)

Radlett CC 3rd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Jon Tricker26.0752317.332.00
Heath Paynter25.576078.572.32

  • Umpire :
    M Bird
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