Shenley Village II v Radlett CC 3rd XI on Sat 29 Jun 2013 at 1:00 pm
Radlett CC Won by 108 runs

Match report Venturing just up the road to Shenley, on a beautiful sunny day, the 3's were in good spirits. It felt like cricket season for the first time this year! With arguably our strongest line-up for the season, Radlett were confident of getting back on the winning list. Oz won the toss, and had no hesitation in batting first on a decent wicket.

Tej and Hemel Malde opened up, and had comfortably negotiated the new ball, moving along to 25 without loss after 9 overs. Hemel was dismissed against the run of play in the 10th over, when he top edged an attempted pull and was caught at square leg for 7. Neel Malde joined brother Tej at the crease, and with our two best batsmen at the crease, we were confident of building a decent launching pad. It was not to be!

Neel was out in the next over for 1 when he pushed back a simple caught and bowled to their opening bowler, and 3 overs later we found ourselves in trouble at 35/4, when Tej nicked one behind to be out for a solid 22, and Kailash was nailed plumb in front first ball. Regan Sinclair attempted to repair the damage, combining solid defence with some attacking shots off the back foot through the off side, first with Matt Elworthy (4) and then with Oz Edwards (2) before Oz was caught brilliantly (if somewhat unexpectedly!) at Mid On to make it 59 for 6. Regan was bowled for 22 to make it 64 for 7, and then Harry Will was caught behind for 2 to leave the innings in disarray at 68 for 8.

Fortunately, we batted deep, as Josh Charles (in his first game back for the season) joined Zeddy to attempt to repair the damage and give us a total we might be able to defend. Zeddy, off the back of 3 ducks in his last 3 innings, showed incredible patience, at one stage being 3 not out off 30 balls, however the 35th over of the innings seemed to trigger a swing in the pendulum, as Zeddy smashed 17 runs off the Shenley seamer. Intelligent hitting and some sharp running saw Zed and Josh build the score before Josh was pinned LBW for 10, having helped Zed take the score along to 120 for 9.

Simeon Cohen then joined Zed with 10 overs remaining, with the hope that we might inch our way to 140 or even 150 which would give us a chance of victory. To say that the momentum of the game changed in those 10 overs would be a major understatement, as Zed and Simeon selectively and sensibly carved out a magnificent last wicket partnership of 65 runs, before Zed was caught at Long On in the final over for a game changing 75 from 71 balls. Simeon, looking anything but a number 11, played beautifully for 27 not out off 35 balls, including a massive 6 over mid wicket off their opening bowler. Our total of 185 may not have looked too daunting, but as they say, momentum is a major influence in sport.

Tea, which is always wonderful at Shenley, tasted a whole lot better than it may have done earlier in the day!

Given the momentum shift, and given our two super-heros were on a roll, Oz decided to open up with the old ball with Simeon and Zed tasked with building some early pressure. Simeon did just that, with a double LBW strike in his second over to leave Shenley in trouble at 6 for 2. Five overs later, it was 10 for 4 as Simeon got his third thanks to a sharp catch by Josh Charles behind the wicket, followed next over by Zeddy cleaning up the opening bat.

Zed and Simeon continued to mesmerise the Shenley bats, and they were in disarray at 22 for 8 after 19 overs. Oz chose to take the new ball after the two experienced Shenley batsmen began to settle, and Matt Elworthy and Harry Will provided a stern test for them as they inched their way along to a 50 partnership, taking the score along to 75 with 12 overs to go. The return of Simeon Cohen with a harder newer ball proved the difference, as a well flighted ball did enough to create a very sharp chance for Oz to grab at Silly Point to get his sixth wicket. Hemel Malde cleaned up their number 8 to spark wild celebrations amongst the players and clinch a remarkable turnaround victory. Simeon finished with the remarkable figures of 6/15 off 14 overs, while Zed was equally as miserly with 3/14 off 11 overs.

It was an incredible game of cricket, and whilst it was a magnificent team performance in the field, the day belonged to Zeddy Gitay and Simeon Cohen. Well done you two! What a win!

Radlett CC 3rd XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
11w 2lb 
for 10 wickets

(52.2 overs)
Tej Malde Caught  22 43 3 51.16
Hemal Malde Caught  7 24 1 29.17
Neel Malde Caught  1 8 12.50
Regan Sinclair Bowled  22 40 4 55.00
Kailash Morjaria Lbw  0 1 0
Matt Elworthy Caught  4 16 25.00
Ian 'Oz' Edwards Caught  2 16 12.50 1
Zahur Gitay Caught  75 86 8 3 87.21
Harry Will Caught  2 20 10.0
Joshua Charles Lbw  10 25 40.0 1
Simeon Cohen Not Out  27 35 3 1 77.14

Shenley Village II Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Shenley Village II Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
1nb 6w 2b 9lb 
for 10 wickets
77 (37.1 overs)

Radlett CC 3rd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Simeon Cohen14.051562.501.07
Zahur Gitay11.041434.671.27
Matt Elworthy5.002000.004.00
Harry Will3.00800.002.67
Hemal Malde4.11919.002.16