Old Camdenians v Radlett CC 4th XI on Sat 28 Jun 2014 at 1.00 p.m.
Radlett CC Won by 33 runs

Match report This was a match really worth getting muddy for, Radlett winning an exciting rain-shortened match by 31 runs. Highlights included a quick-fire 37 by opener Nick Scott, a superb match-defining 80 from Phil Cooper, then two “Michelles” by Dom Ingram and Anje Lague, the Landlord bowling the longest unchanged spell of his long life (18 overs, 60+ years) and the latter taking her first-ever “five-for” in men’s cricket.

The rain descended from the moment the side arrived at the ground and continued to an hour past the appointed start time. The wicket was well-covered, however, allowing a 41/35 over match to commence. Skipper Warne was pleased to lose the toss and not unhappy to be inserted.

4s debutant Nick Scott looked a million dollars as he made the most of some very quick, but very wayward bowling. The score sped to 62 in just the 8th over, with Scott having scored 36 of his 37 runs in 4s and 6s, when a misunderstanding led to Ingram being run-out for 14 as he tried to remake his ground, Scott having declined a second run. Next over, Scott himself perished, going for an expansive drive. 62-2 then became 70-3, as Louis Prideaux was bowled by the opposition skipper for just 4.

Colin Warne started brightly, with three boundaries off his first four deliveries, then he and Phil Cooper played circumspectly against some tight bowling, just three runs coming off the next five overs, until Warne went too far across his stumps and lost his leg bail. 85-4.

Youngster Abhay Hirani played with a beautifully straight bat, stoking 1s and 2s, but then lofted one to mid-wicket on six; TJ edged one off the keeper’s gloves to slip for just one; and Anje Lague, in her first time at the crease for the 4s, gave catching practice to square-leg, also for one. 129-7.

By now, the rain was falling steadily, but the opposition appeared immune to the dampness. Phil Cooper had reached 42, mostly in boundaries. Would anyone stay with him? Enter Ed Saunders, whose invaluable ten overs at the crease allowed Coops to add a further 35 runs and take the score to 178, before Saunders was out caught. Just six more were added, as Coops skied one to be c&b and Shabs poked one to square-leg, denying Radlett two further batting points (which later proved irrelevant) and gifting Old Camdenians six extra overs (which was to prove vital).

The rain continued throughout the tea interval, with the covers on, but stopped in time for the restart. Despite the small size of the ground, skipper Warne felt 184 off 41 overs on a dampish wicket was definitely “game on”, as long as Radlett held their catches. He was soon to be disappointed.

George Pepper was unfortunately highly erratic, but had the opener given not out when well-caught down the leg-side by Warne, and was replaced by Anje Lague after conceding 25 runs in his three overs. At the other end, Shabs dropped the other opener at slip off Ingram and then Saunders downed a chance at deep mid-on off Lague. Indeed, as the opening partnership passed the 60 mark, in the 13th over, it looked like Radlett might have thrown away their chance. Then, at last, a catch held, as Pepper pouched one on the boundary at mid-off of Lague. Next over, miracle, Nick Scott hangs on to one round the corner from Ingram, to bring the skipper to the crease.

The skipper looked dangerous, stroking the ball straight and firm, and things looked ominous when Ingram downed a c&b. There was therefore great relief when Ingram snared him lbw, in line with leg stump, to make it 78-3 in the 18th over. Definitely game on!

With Lague bowling tightly at the other end, runs were now drying up and, in the 21st over, Lague induced an edge to Shabs at 2nd slip, the latter juggling a catch to make it 81-4. That became 90-5, when the hesitant nr 6 pushed a Lague delivery into Coops’ hands at silly mid-off.

There were now 15 overs left and 96 still needed. Time to drop a couple more catches and allow a partnership to develop, before another Ingram seamer cleaned up the nr 4.

The nr 7 was looking dangerous and had equalled the OC’s top score of 28 before Warne acrobatically dived to retrieve a thick edge off Ingram that had bounced forward off his chest. Lague then secured a back-foot lbw to make it 135-8

The nr 8 looked a proper batsman and had already struck a 4 and 6, but with the score still on 135 he shouldered arms to ‘the finest delivery I have ever bowled” (quote from The Landlord).

It was now left to Mr OCs himself, Ray Gravett, to try and win the match, which to his credit he did. Blocking out Ingram, he decided to try and smash Lague, hitting her first ball of the 36th over for 6, but then succumbed to a faster delivery that bowled him through the gate.

So, a great win in generally miserable conditions. The side made it harder than it could have been, downing five catches, but fine bowling created enough chances to let the miscreants off the hook.

Radlett CC 4th XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
1nb 3w 4b 6lb 
for 10 wickets

(35.2 overs)
Dominic Ingram Run out  14
Nick Scott Bowled  37 6 2 1
Phil Cooper ct & b 80 11 3 1
Louis Prideaux Bowled  4
Colin Warne Bowled  13 1
Abhay Hirani Caught  6
Tony Johnson Caught  1
Anje Lague Caught  1
Eddie Saunders Bowled  10
Shabbir Foyez Caught  4 1
George Pepper Not Out  0 1

Old Camdenians Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Old Camdenians Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
3w 1lb 
for 10 wickets
151 (36.4 overs)
N Kadir ct Scott b Ingram 28
D Chin ct Pepper b Ingram 24
H Gravett lbw b Ingram 13
J Carroll b Ingram 14
A Norman ct Foyez b Lague 1
Majeeb ct Cooper b Lague 6
R Katkona ct Warne b Ingram 28
B Gravett b Ingram 10
A Yasin lbw Lague 4
R Gravett b Lague 12
N Fisher Not Out  4

Radlett CC 4th XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
George Pepper3.002500.008.33
Dominic Ingram18.064959.802.72
Anje Lague15.4072514.404.60