Radlett CC 4th XI v Met Police Bushey on Sat 31 May 2008 at 1.30 p.m.
Match was Tied

Match report As low scoring games go this was as pulsating a game as it was intense.

Radlett IV's under the inspired leadership of JBN Wells Esq, the last remaining amateur within a highly professional league, entertained (not sure this is the right word) high flying (no puns intended) Met Police Bushey at a cold and damp Cobden Hill. Met Police have not lost a game in 4 years and turned up believing that they could and would win. They sprinted round the pitch like our first team, hurling themselves for catches and throwing bullets to the keeper. This was before the game had even started!!!!

The two skippers went squelching to the middle and tossed a coin which sank into the pitch and carried on going until the inner earth core was found. When it was retrieved Mr Wells advised his distraught team mates that they would bowl in the cold!!!

Out to the wicket strode 13 and a half feet of Met Police opening partnership! Mr Wells requested that his senior pro Mr Copley very senior accompanied the Lords groundsman Mr N Searle with the new ball. Met Police coped well in the damp conditions with Nick feeling every ball he bowled and George remembering the good old days. After a slow but assured start Nick managed to get one to rise sharply and had MP skipper Thomason caught behind by a very good catch from Giles Mitchell. Copley gainfully ran to the wicket and tried but was eventually relieved of his duties by Mr Hardy and then the much younger Mr C Meepagama (he says he is younger).

Meepa started to meep the ball so well and the innings suddenly subsided with Meepa claiming the astounding figures of 6 wickets in 10 overs for 7 runs (This included his second back foot no ball in 2 games)!!

Bushey who had amassed 550 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their last three games were despatched in the 40th over for 91, with Meepa and Nick 4 - 54 the stars of the early part of the day. Meeps bowled straight and slow and Nick not quite as slow! Decisions went against Nick on a couple of occasions otherwise it could have been 5 wickets each.

A quick resumption before tea and Radlett soon fell behind with Kailesh sold down the proverbial Swannee River by the Chairman of the league, and Zed being given out caught behind before tea. Worse was to follow when the gallant Mr Hardy was adjudged LBW, 3.756 miles down the pitch and having gone a long way across outside of the off stump (so he tells me). Oh dear thinks your correspondent, why was I not at both ends!!! MP are perhaps the noisiest opponents I have encountered since the Under 15 final last year. 2 official warnings by Umpire Tee Cee calms them down for a bit, but not for long.

Tea is taken at 21 -3 with Tee Jay remaining calm, as a league chairman should keeping his thoughts to himself and gently easing past the queue at the tea table claiming Chairmans rights!!!

Young Hardain Nandhra, cruelly nicknamed Monty by Oz, joined TJ and brought about a revival. Hardain is a natural cricketer who should go on and represent this club with success for many years. He had a superb manager in 2007!!!! Wickets kept falling and when Hardain was out needlessly run out after a hesitation and Oz went for a Primary Club Tie, the game looked over and at 57-9 when Copley was castled, at least his stumps went flying 130 feet, the game looked over.

Stride to the wicket, Kroneburg in hand, Mr N Searle to join Mr C Meepa. First ball is cooly played along the floor at 300 mph to the straight mid wicket boundary. 61-9 31 to win.

Meeps decides to become Jayasuriya and bludgeons their fast bowler into Borehamwood for a 6 and the MP Bushey team decide to go on the defensive. Steve Long who has bowled 15 overs on the reel is rested and young Hamilton is thrust into the action. Meeps smites his first ball for 4, the 3rd and 4th are no balls which Meeps despatches and with a further 4 the youngster goes for 20 in his one over. Long returns and Nick cooly jabs a single, Meeps hits a full toss to backwards square leg for 2 and scores are tied. Last ball of the over a steepling bouncer catches the edge of Meepa Reaper and is taken by Thomason at gully. MP Bushey, jump for joy thinking they have won but they forget that the items that says Runs required on the scoreboard means that is the score to win not to tie!!

A tie does not happen very often, with MP Bushey not happy, RCC not happy with some decision making by the stand in MP non playing official, but from my point of view and certainly Jamie's Radlett have very nearly beaten a side unbeaten in 4 years and would have deserved to do so.

Men of the match - Nick Searle and Meepa Meepa.

Thanks to Laura for scoring as always.

Now to gain momentum from this game and go up the league towards promotion. We are currently 6th and must keep going forward.

Met Police Bushey Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
91 (0.0 overs)

Radlett CC 4th XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Nick Searle19.0354413.502.84
George Copley7.001500.002.14
Richard Hardy3.00900.003.00
Chandana Meepegama9.34761.170.74
Zahur Gitay1.00400.004.00

Radlett CC 4th XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 10 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Tony Johnson Caught  7
Kailash Morjaria Run out  0
Zahur Gitay Caught  14
Richard Hardy Lbw  0
Hardain Nandhra Run out  11
Ian 'Oz' Edwards Not Out  0 1
Giles Mitchell Caught  8 2
Jamie Wells Caught  8 1
Chandana Meepegama Caught  28
George Copley Lbw  0
Nick Searle Not Out  8

Met Police Bushey Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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  • Umpire :
    Tony Cohen
  • Scorer :
    Laura Lambert