Old Camdenians 111 v Radlett CC 5th XI on Sat 11 Jun 2005 at 1.30
Radlett CC Won 111 runs

Match report A splendid team performance saw Radlett V win their first match of the season. Selection this week was stronger than it has been so far this season, but a number of drop outs during the week meant that we still only had 10 players at 11.30 on Saturday morning. Fortunately Softie, who felt that his injured hip might inhibit a starring role for the illustrious 3XI, thought it would be no problem playing in the depths of Herts League. And so it proved.

We arrived in good time for the start, which was strangely delayed as the opposition skipper pondered whether to put us in or bat for themselves. Sensing blood after a couple of disastrous batting performances by the Radlett team, he elected to field. This might have looked to be a good move as Radlett laboured to 7 for 1 off the first 9 overs. However after seeing off the new ball Mike Dexter and Ben Hirsh looked imperious as they put on over 100 for the second wicket. In fact the closest the opposition bowlers looked to dislodging the pair was when Mike top edged a pull shot and the ball struck him in the face. Mike’s determination to carry on epitomized the team approach to the game.

By the middle of our innings when our 11th man Ronnie Comfort arrived, Vikram was already on his fourth change of whites and threatening a fifth due to the extreme cold! The second wicket stand was broken in the 28th over, when Mike tried one shot too many and was judged LBW for 43. Ben Hirsh followed shortly afterwards for 68 and then Paul Rich was stumped in a purple patch for the home side. However these wickets brought Ash Kamal and Softie to the wicket and with a flurry of boundaries the score mounted. 70 runs were added in 10 overs, including consecutive sixes by Softie who clearly had the measure of the Division 12 bowling. When he was stumped on 40 the score was already well beyond 200 and a declaration imminent. Ash reached his 50 in the next over and he and Ronnie Comfort remained unbeaten when Radlett declared at 241 for 6.

A swift tea gave Vikram just enough time to put on his bowling trousers before a stirring rallying call from the Radlett captain hastened the Old Candenian innings.
Radlett got off to a flyer. The wicket had livened up during the afternoon and the opening batsman couldn’t cope with a vicious delivery that spat up and was well caught by standing keeper Mike Williams at the end of the first over. Wickets fell with regularity and Radlett were on top throughout.

The second wicket came from a comical running error that found 2 and 3 at the bowler’s end, while Ronnie Comfort delivered an accurate throw and Mike Williams calmly took off bails. After a procession of no-balls Vikram finally found his line and took the other opener with a lovely in-ducker which clipped off-stump. Softie came on with effect, his spin bowling causing the number 6 to call for a lid, which obviously made it difficult to see the ball since he was bowled by a straight one the very next ball. Ash Kamal topped another outstanding game with two wickets at the end, before Ronnie came on to take the final wicket, with a second catch of the afternoon for Mike Dexter at mid-off.

So the game concluded with a win of 111 runs for a hard-working Radlett side. A superb result, which delivered 30 much-needed points to Radlett and left Old Camdenians with only 1. Both teams ended the day with 54 points and Radlett climbed 4 places in the table. Well done to all!

Radlett CC 5th XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 6 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Mike Dexter Lbw  43 2
Bernie & Claire Soffair Bowled  0
Ben Hirsch Caught  68
Ash Kamal Not Out  50 1
Paul Rich Stumped  0
Richard Hardy Stumped  40 1
Martin Latimore Bowled  0
Ronnie Comfort Not Out  10
Michael Williams   1
Vikram Rajput  
Michael Williams  

Old Camdenians 111 Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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Old Camdenians 111 Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
130 (0.0 overs)

Radlett CC 5th XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Matt Barrett11.0331215.502.82
Vikram Rajput8.0027127.003.38
Richard Hardy7.011334.331.86
Ash Kamal4.001025.002.50
Ronnie Comfort1.20818.006.00