Radlett CC 4th XI v Ware on Sat 16 Aug 2014 at 1.00 p.m.
Match was Drawn

Match report Put into bat on batsman’s paradise, Dominic Ingram and Colin Warne took Radlett to 217, before Ingram finally succumbed, LBW, for 112 in just the 38th over. With Phil Cooper then smashing 23 off 14 deliveries, Warne was able to declare on 252 when he was run out for 91, leaving a massive 58 overs with which to bowl out Ware’s 10 players.

That Radlett failed to do this was down to skipper Warne’s sportsmanship (recalling the opposition skipper after he was wrongly given out caught behind), but, more importantly, two dropped catches that really should have been swallowed.

The Ware opening attack was probably the weakest seen this season and Ingram, in particular, made the most of some tasty fare, the score racing to 50 in just 8 overs.

However, once the a pair of boots arrived for the first-change bowler, he looked the real deal and Warne was lucky to survive a straightforward chance at first slip. Ingram himself should also have been caught behind off the same bowler, but by that time was well on his way to a big score. Making the most of anything loose (and there was plenty), he smacked twenty 4s, before bringing up his century, off just 96 balls, with a 6 over square leg.

Warne had been less fluent, making good use of his inside edge, but once in the thirties was able to accelerate his scoring rate, favouring the square-cut and the hoick to leg. Deciding that 250 should be more than enough, he then ran himself out taking a tight second.

The pitch offered very little for the bowlers. Darren Fabray and James McCallum bowled decently with the new ball, but had to wait until the ninth over to draw first blood, Warne taking a good tumbling catch down the leg-side off a fine nick and the opener sportingly walking off.

Warne immediately replaced Fabray with Hayley Arrol and, in her second over, she struck twice, bowling the other opener, then getting the nr 4 plumb LBW. With the score on 34-3 and 46 overs still to go, an early finish looked on the cards.

This might indeed have been the case if Radlett had taken their chances. Firstly, though, came the Ware skipper’s reprieve. Playing forward to an Anje Lague delivery, his bat clipped the pad, missing the ball by some distance. With most of the team, apart from keeper Warne, appealing, the finger went up, though it was clear from the batsman’s reaction that he had missed it. Warne therefore withdrew the team’s appeal and recalled the batsman.

At this stage, he had probably made no more than 20, but went on to make 72 not out! However, Radlett had only themselves to blame, a lofted shot to mid-on being downed by Rami Meeps off Hemant Morjaria’s off-spin.

The skipper, it transpired, only had thoughts of a draw in mind, especially after the nr 5 had been adjudged LBW off Morjaria (keeper Warne again not appealing). But the nr 6 had a different plan, with ten of his first twelve scoring shots being boundaries. Profiting from a straightforward drop in the covers by Morjaria, he bashed his way to 75, before finally being run out in the 56th over.

The opposition skipper’s approach, however, was a mystery. The pair had added 151 together (aided by Radlett being reduced to 10 fielders, when Phil Cooper took a nasty blow to the skull fielding at silly mid-off and headed for A&E) ) and Ware were just 5 wickets down, but he was not prepared to take any risk, despite having inserted Radlett and with just 5 points gained. Certainly, skipper Warne feared the game was lost as the big partnership closed in on the total and he juggled eight bowlers in the desperate search for a wicket.

For the record, the total officially required was 253, though, depending on how you add the scores up, the scorebook shows anything between 245 to 250. In reply, Ware managed either 229, 233 or 235., though 237-5 was reported, as the board showed them to be 17 light of winning. And they say standards of education are rising….

So, 15 points secured, though it should have been 30, leaving Radlett 10th in Div 7 and poised to take the last place in next season’s Div12.

Thanks should be recorded, from Warne to Belly, for the latter’s decision to decline the opportunity to open. There was also a lesson for young Freddie Wright, who should have more faith in his openers and spent the entire innings padded up, before scoring a run-a-ball 1* !

Radlett CC 4th XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
11w 6b 1lb 
for 3 wickets
Dominic Ingram Lbw  112 20 1
Colin Warne Run out  91 1
Phil Cooper Bowled  23
Freddie Wright Not Out  1
Ramitha Meepegama  
Matthew Bell  
James McCallum  
Hemant Morjaria  
Darren Fabray  
Anje Lague  
Hayley Arrol  

Ware Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Ware Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
3nb 12w 9b 4lb 
for 5 wickets
233 (58.0 overs)
Parker ct Warne b McCallum 9
Cave b Arrol 17
Mitch Not Out  72
Knott lbw Arrol 2
Orton lbw Morjaria 25
Unwin Run out  75
Risby Not Out  1

Radlett CC 4th XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
James McCallum11.0251151.004.64
Darren Fabray8.022200.002.75
Hayley Arrol6.011427.002.33
Anje Lague16.055400.003.38
Hemant Morjaria6.0026126.004.33
Freddie Wright5.011800.003.60
Ramitha Meepegama2.001500.007.50
Dominic Ingram4.002000.005.00