Banbury v Radlett CC 1st XI on Sat 31 May 2008 at 11.00 a.m.
Radlett CC Won By 49 runs


Another fantastic team display by Radlett saw them beat Banbury away from home for the first time in HCPL history.

It was very much a day that was suited for bowling and when Benji Hector, the Banbury skipper won the toss he had no doubts about bowling first. Radlett's opening combination of James Lewis and Graham Dill seemed to have things under control and at 30 without loss after 7 over's the decision to bowl first by banbury looked at a bad one. The introduction of ex England player Paul Taylor to the attack changed that feeling very quickly as he picked up 2 wickets in the first 3 balls that he bowled. The situation went from bad to worse for radlett when they found themselves 78 for 7 at lunch, Taylor being the chief destroyer with 5 wickets.

The break could not have come at a better time for radlett as it gave them time to reflect and decide how they were going to get themselves out of trouble and post a score that could be defended. It was the turn of new recruit Felix Walker and the young Mike Crocker to show what they could do. Together the two of them batted with great maturity and a good understanding of the game situation, they took the score to 136, a partnership of 58 before Walker was caught for a well played 44 at short leg by a ball that bounced off a length. The next 2 wickets did not last very long and the innings came to an end with the score on 149, Mike Crocker finishing on a well played 22 not out.

Radlett would have believed that they could defend the low total as the wicket was assisting the seamers and the outfield was thick and wet and the score could have been a few more if this wasn't the case. Middlesex all-rounder Gareth Berg took the new ball along with his skipper Shane Burger and together the two of them bowled a magnificent opening spell conceding only 21 runs off 16 over's and taking 4 Banbury wickets in the process. Rob Watson was brought into the attack and kept the scoring to a minimum from the one end while Burger toiled from the other. Paul Barker replaced Watson who did a fantastic job only conceding 5 runs from his 5 over's and struck almost immediately with 2 wickets to leave Banbury at 39 for 7 at tea after 33 over's. After tea The runs moved along slowly and the Radlett bowlers kept hard at work, it wasn't over until skipper Burger brought himself back on to finish the innings. Burger finished with figures of 13.5 over's 5 maidens 16 runs 5 wickets, Burger said" It is never easy defending a low total but we believed as a team that we could win and it was great to see everyone working together. The spirit is great and i am really chuffed that everyone contributed to another great win!"

The win moves Radlett into second place on the HCPL log, a mere 10 points behind last season's champions Oxford. Radlett host Welwyn Garden City this Saturday.

Radlett CC 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 10 wickets
Graham Dill Lbw  8 8
James Lewis Caught  18
Rob Smith Bowled  0 2
Shane Burger Caught  13
Gareth Berg Lbw  6
Felix Walker Caught  44 1
Tom Jenkins Bowled  9 2
Paul Barker Caught  3
Mike Crocker Not Out  22 1
Rob Watson Caught  7
Robbie Crocker Bowled  0 1

Banbury Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Banbury Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
100 (0.0 overs)

Radlett CC 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Gareth Berg14.0528214.002.00
Shane Burger13.551653.201.16
Rob Watson5.03500.001.00
Felix Walker6.03717.001.17
Paul Barker8.0121210.502.63
Robbie Crocker5.001900.003.80

  • Umpire :
  • Scorer :
    Doreen Browne