Radlett CC 4th XI v Reed II on Sat 29 Jun 2013 at 1:00 pm
Radlett CC Lost by 7 wickets

Match report Another week, another poor batting display, another heavy defeat.

Playing second-in-the table Reed 2s, Radlett might have expected a difficult day, but the manner of defeat was all the more disappointing, given that, on paper at least, this looked a reasonable line-up. Moreover, by dropping five catches – three of them straightforward – including three in one over, the side managed to throw away any chance of making a fight of it.

Radlett were inserted on losing the toss and lost Charlie Randall third ball, edging one into the off. Jack Cox and Colin Warne scraped together a few singles against the swinging ball until Cox played round a straight one to be plumb lbw. Warne was struggling, being dropped at mid-on and nicking one between keeper and slip, then misjudged the height of a full bunger to be bowled for 14. 25-3 was soon 27-4 as Alan Armitage lofted one into the covers.

Yiannis Hanson and Gitesh Patel batted the only way they know – aggressively – adding 48, before Hanson was bowled for 11 and Patel was caught off another lofted shot for a run-a-ball 37, with the score stuck on 75.

There were still 23 overs to play out, but Matthew Bell chose the wrong delivery to pull and was bowled, whilst Josh Frey met the same fate trying an expansive drive. TJ had the right idea, but managed just 1 off 28 balls before being bowled. With nr 9 Michael Lee batting nicely, he and Luke Paice looked like they might add a few vital runs, but a fine straight drive by Paice was diverted onto the stumps, running Lee out for 15 with the total on just 113.

Paice and Cox opened up, but with the former bowling as many down the leg-side as on the off, Lee was brought on to tighten things up. At the other end, Cox had been getting inward movement at decent pace and, in his fourth over, induced a nick behind – 28-1.

Three chances then went down in Cox’s next over, but they had all been firm hits off hittable deliveries and, with runs coming fast, one over of spin was tried before Frey was handed the ball. This cost another 12 runs, but did produce another wicket, Patel making good ground to catch a high thick edge at cover – 73-2.

Lee was bowling in a disciplined fashion, allowing a 7-2 field to be set and getting good movement, and got his just reward when he brought one back to snare the opener lbw for 64. However, just 5 more runs were needed by now, victory being sealed in just the 23rd over.

Radlett 4s now prop up Division 7, with 9 played and 10 to go. There is still time to escape the trap door, but without batsmen willing, or able, to play a lengthy innings, it is difficult to see how a challenging total is going to be posted, or a target chased down. The problem is compounded by the ability of the opponents to give little away when they bowl - witness Reed’s Tidey living up to his name with just 28 runs off 20 overs, the pressure bringing him 6 wickets to boot. When the time comes, do we have the bowlers capable of imposing that sort of discipline?

Radlett CC 4th XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
1nb 3w 2b 2lb 
for 10 wickets
Charles Randall Caught  0
Jack Cox Lbw  3
Colin Warne Bowled  14 1
Alan Armitage Caught  4
Yiannis Hanson Bowled  11
Gitesh Patel Caught  37 1
Matthew Bell Bowled  10
Tony Johnson Bowled  1
Michael Lee Run out  15
Josh Frey Bowled  8
Luke Paice Not Out  1

Reed II Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
P Tidey20.092864.671.40
R Martin11.0131131.002.82
A Kelly11.0240220.003.64

Reed II Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
2nb 1w  
for 3 wickets
115 (23.4 overs)
Curtis lbw Lee 64
Frenay ct Warne b Cox 8
Ward ct Patel b Frey 21
Lancaster Not Out  12
Martin Not Out  7

Radlett CC 4th XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Luke Paice3.001100.003.67
Jack Cox6.0031131.005.17
Michael Lee9.0334134.003.78
Charles Randall1.00600.006.00
Josh Frey3.0018118.006.00
Yiannis Hanson1.401400.008.40