Radlett CC Women's Super 8's v Hampstead on Sun 20 Jul 2014 at 2:00 pm
Radlett CC Won by 32 runs

Match report Following three matches lost to rain over the last two weekends the Radlett Women's XI were eager to get the momentum going again in a 30-over North London League match. Standing in their way of a 28th consecutive league victory was a confident looking Hampstead side. Radlett skipper, Kanchana Gamage, lost the toss and her side were inserted into bat by the Hampstead captain, Lucy Horitz.

The lower pitch at Radlett has been notoriously difficult to bat on this season with no player as yet able to reach a half century. Variable bounce from just short of a length has tended to be the order of the day and the same was evident on Sunday. Openers Chloe Jackson and Katie Pankhurst made a watchful start to the innings picking off the loose deliveries and taking the total to 40 at the first drinks break at 10 overs. Unfortunately, Jackson (22) was on her way back to the pavilion soon after; given out LBW from a delivery that looked to be going well over the top of the stumps.

In at three, wicket-keeper Samantha Battman (2) was unable to occupy the crease, losing her stumps to a quick yorker from Hampstead's best bowler, Angela Bonora, and leaving the home side 44-2. Alexis Mannion then came in to join Pankhurst and the pair began to compile another effective partnership as they had done against Old Actonians three weeks earlier. Some aggressive hitting from Mannion quickly had the score approaching three figures with plenty of overs to spare. However, shortly before the second drinks break and with the innings total on 90 Mannion misjudged a lofted drive and was caught at deep mid-off for 32. Amy Price then came to the crease and much rested on this pair to compile a competitive total. Initially they made good headway with a flurry of boundaries taking the total to 119, before Pankhurst was deceived by a low bouncing half tracker (LBW for 32) and Price was bowled for 12. Some valuable contributions from Gamage (6) and debutant Alice Lawman (4) pushed the total on but with the tail exposed Radlett found themselves all out for a below par 132, and with 2 overs remaining. Hampstead had become the first team to dismiss a Radlett Women's XI in over 2 years!

Scoring 133 at 4.4 per over may have seemed a very reachable target for Hampstead, but they reckoned against a well drilled Radlett side that tend to give very little away with ball in hand. A hostile opening spell from a fired-up Pankhurst made full use of the bounce in the pitch, targeting the body and stumps in equal measure. Her 4 overs went for just 5 runs, albeit they also led to a dislocated finger for Battman whilst taking a sharply rising delivery behind the stumps. Seamers Amy Price (0-19) and Natasha Martin (1-22) also bowled a consistent line and Martin took a deserved wicket for the quick's with a well taken caught and bowled.

Gamage, though, was quick to realise that keeping pace on the ball would keep Hampstead in the game with any edges quickly running down to the boundary rope on the fast outfield, and so decided to slow things up. She turned to Mannion and Jackson to bowl the middle overs and they did a superb job. Leg-spinner Mannion was simply unplayable and whilst finishing wicket-less, her 6 overs went for only 10 runs. Jackson conceded only 14 runs, and also took 2 crucial wickets from her spell. With scoreboard pressure rising Hampstead began to lose their heads, twice chancing a run against Pankhurst's arm and Battman's reflexes, and twice seeing a batsman return back to the pavilion as a consequence, including skipper Horitz for a duck.

Gamage (0-19) took it upon herself to bowl 4 pressure overs at the close of the innings and was also able to bring back Pankhurst (0-11) to demonstrate her own particular brand of off-spin bowling. No further wickets came, but neither did any significant runs off the bat as Hampstead limped to three figures at the death, 33 runs short of their target.

This 28th consecutive victory lifted Radlett back to 2nd position in the North London League Division A, although they have two games in hand over leaders Ickenham. Much will depend on the top-of-the table match-up in a fortnights time. Before that, however, Radlett travel straight back to Hampstead next Sunday for the reverse match-up.

Radlett CC Women's Super 8's Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
4nb 7w 7b 2lb 
for 10 wickets

(28.0 overs)
Chloe Jackson Lbw  22 4
Katie Pankhurst Lbw  32 3 2
Samantha Battman Bowled  2 2
Alexis Mannion Caught  32 4
Amy Price Bowled  12 2
Natasha Martin Caught  1 1
Alice Lawman Caught  4 1
Kanchana Gamage Lbw  6 1

Hampstead Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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Hampstead Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
1nb 6w 4b 1lb 
for 5 wickets
100 (30.0 overs)
Vicky Fisher Not Out  38
Sian Culley ct & b Martin 26
Angela Bonora b Jackson 12
Stephanie Brims run out Pankhurst/Battman 6
Lucy Horitz run out Pankhurst/Battman 0
Harriet Millard ct Gamage b Jackson 0
Thea Graham Not Out  6

Radlett CC Women's Super 8's Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Katie Pankhurst6.011100.001.83
Amy Price4.011900.004.75
Natasha Martin4.0022122.005.50
Alexis Mannion6.021000.001.67
Chloe Jackson6.021427.002.33
Kanchana Gamage4.001900.004.75

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