Radlett CC 2nd XI v Harpenden II on Sat 11 Jul 2009 at 12.30 p.m.
Match was Abandoned Bad light/Rain

Match report This game was played on RCC's second ground. Slight showers of rain fell from an overcast sky before the game had begun. More rain was forecast for later in the day, probably after tea. Nick Fielden won the toss, and invited Harpenden to bat.

Johnson Mafa and Stuart Browne opened the bowling for RCC. In the 6th over of the innings, Stuart took his first wicket with the score at 21. Johnson continues to have problems with front foot no balls, and his long run-up also helps to slow the over rate. John Barr replaced him after 12 overs had been bowled. Lee Fortis took over from Stuart after over 21 with the score 61-1, a fairly slow scoring rate. John Barr's bowling analysis suffered from four overthrows as an enthusiastic fielder attempted a sharp run out, narrowly missing the stumps.

At the end of John and Lee's spells, plus a single over from David Hegarty, Harpenden's score had reached 136-4 from 37 overs after about 135 minutes of playing time. Johnson and Stuart returned to bowl their second spells, taking three more wickets with the ball. This was complemented by a run out achieved by David Hegarty. The HCC innings closed on 212-8 after 53 overs in 3 hours 32 minutes by the clock, about 201 minutes of playing time plus time spent looking for balls in hedges, etc. Extras (6 B, 13 LB, 10 NB, 2 W) contributed 31 runs to this total. In addition to David H's run out, RCC took a total of four catches during the innings, including a couple by wicket keeper Ben Charles.

At the close of this innings, HCC had obtained the maximum batting bonus points, 2 x 5, for reaching 200 runs, while RCC had 8 - 5 = 3 bowling bonus points as a result of fielding first after winning the toss.

The umpires noted that RCC had only bowled 50 overs in the 3 hours playing time allowed for 53 overs by the Herts League. HCC chose to reduce the maximum length allowed for the RCC innings by 3 overs to 44 overs. During the innings, Alan Garofall, a former Herts CCC and St Albans CC player who was watching the game, had commented on RCC's slow over rate. He added that RCC's fielders were moving to their new positions at the end of each over rather slowly.

Luke Paternott and Nick Fielden opened the RCC innings, reaching 49 off 10.4 overs before Nick was out, caught off opener Justin Savio. Luke was joined by David Robinson. Their partnership increased the score to 88 by the end of over 20, but they then slowed down to reach 106-1 by 18:50 hr, at the end of over 28. Play was then suspended because of increasingly heavy rain and poor light. The rain eased somewhat, and lay was resumed at 19:18 hr. Unfortunately, the League match rules reduced the maximum length of RCC's innings from 44 overs to 38 overs because of the lost time. The winning target of 213 runs remained unchanged, of course.

With wet bowlers' runups and poor visibility, HCC did not risk their fast bowlers. Instead, they continued with their two slow bowlers, who coped very well, despite the greasy ball. RCC's batsmen accelerated their scoring rate in the quest for victory, or some bonus batting points. Lloyd Paternott reached his 50 off 77 balls in 94 minutes with a boundary, but was run out shortly afterwards, trying for a quick second run for David Robinson's account. John Barr took his place, and had scored 20 off 13 balls before the umpires decided that the clouds and continuing rain had made the light unsafe for any further play. So the game was abandoned at the end of over 34 with an RCC score of 154-2. With only four more overs left in the innings, it seems unlikely that RCC would have scored the 59 runs need for a win, but they would probably have registered a couple more bonus batting points, and David Robinson (43 no) would probably have reached a well deserved 50.

In the event, the League treats this abandoned match as a draw. HCC added two bowling bonus points to their batting points, a total of 12 bonus points. RCC had to be content with a single batting bonus point (for reaching 140) to add to their 3 bowling bonus points. It is ironic that, if the game had been abandoned considerably earlier (before 26 overs had been bowled in RCC's innings) the game would have been treated as an abandoned match. In this case, each team would have received a minimum of 10 bonus points, or their actual bonus points if this was greater than 10. RCC thus lost six bonus points because conditions did not deteriorate quickly enough.

Harpenden II Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 8 wickets
212 (0.0 overs)
Anthony Hooper lbw  Stuart Browne 6
Graham Sprowson + b  Lee Fortis 28
Barney Francis ct  David Robinson Bowled Stuart Browne 86
David Whiteley * ct  Ben Charles Bowled Lee Fortis 8
Mark Fettes ct  Johnson Mafa Bowled John Barr 2
Edward Washington ct  Ben Charles Bowled Johnson Mafa 12
Oliver Tuck Not Out  25
Alex Randall Run out  0
Chris Arnold lbw  Stuart Browne 0
Peter Makower Not Out  14
Justin Savio   Did not bat

Radlett CC 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Johnson Mafa14.0149149.003.50
Stuart Browne18.0166322.003.67
John Barr13.0240140.003.08
Lee Fortis7.0225212.503.57
David Hegarty1.001300.0013.00

Radlett CC 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 2 wickets
Lloyd Paternott Run out  56
Nick Fielden ct  Barney Francis Bowled Justin Savio 24
David Robinson Not Out  43 1
John Barr Not Out  20
James Lewis   Did not bat
Lee Fortis   Did not bat
Hardain Nandhra   Did not bat
Johnson Mafa   Did npt bat 1
David Hegarty   Did not bat 1
Ben Charles   Did not bat 2
Stuart Browne   Did not bat

Harpenden II Bowling

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