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Rickmansworth CC - 2nd XI
Radlett CC - 4th XI
Sat 18 Aug 13:00 - Hertfordshire Cricket League - Division Seven B Start time 13:00

Ricky 2nd Beat Radlett to keep promotion hopes alive

by Paul Blackwell

Rickmansworth 2nds continued flirtation with promotion had all but died after a catastrophic loss by 2 runs the previous week, but slim hopes were maintained if they could win all 3 remaining games. And first up were fellow promotion hunters Radlett who were unbeaten since Rickmansworth won against them 9 games ago. Indeed Radlett had won more games – 12 – than any other team in the division.

Raz won the toss and decided to bat first on a wicket that looked decent but was clearly going to deteriorate after the mid week rain. But hopes of a good start were dashed with both Rishi and Paul back in the hutch, to LBW decisions, and only 15 on the board. Having an extra opening bat in Sohail then proved useful as he dug in whilst Bobby played some good attacking shots all around the ground. After 33 overs, Ricky were on 120 ut had only lost 2 wickets and Bobby had his 50. Sohail was out for 46 with the score on 128, and Bobby and Raz then accelerated. Bobby tired as the overs increased and was out stumped for a blistering 92 and then Adeel (15), Waheed (17) and Rohan (7*) all supported Raz, who scored 20, in getting the score up to a very good 221. Ricky 2nds always seem to get 200+ these days. And on this wicket and with overcast conditions it was generally felt that this should be good enough.

After tea Bobby opened the bowling, a masterstroke by Raz, as he brought in a vicious inswinger to bowl a mystified Dominic Ingram – a very good player – first ball. And then no 3 a few balls later. Skipper Nick Fielden was next to go, caught by the keeper and when Rohan swung a ball to clip the Number 5’s bat and Paul took a one-handed catch low down at first slip, Radlett had subsided to 10/4.

Hardy and Warne then dug in and the ball stopped swinging. Raz rotated the bowlers but at drinks they were 90/4 and the game was in the balance. Raz tossed the ball to Taqadas, who bowled Hardy with his first ball. Ricky were back in the game. And now it was cat and mouse with Radlett edging along at 5 an over, which is what they needed. Bobby came back and got Zaid in his last over for 15 and the resistance of veteran Warne was finally ended for 59 when he was caught off the bowling of Vijay Pail. Finally Ricky could exert some scoreboard pressure and Radlett knew they would lose, so just settled for batting points. They finished 50 runs short of the Ricky total and Ricky had done the double over Radlett.

Bobby and Rohan combined well for 20 overs and 6 wickets for 56. But the lack of form of the back-up bowlers was once again a concern for the 2 remaining games. Ricky remain 24 points behind the promotion places and simply have to win against Dunstable on Saturday to stand any chance of a cliff-hanger for the end of season game. As Datchworth in second, have to play both 1st and 3rd, there is still a slim chance of a promotion to match the 1sts. But a win against Dunstable is simply mandatory.

Scorecard

Rickmansworth CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bat

Rickmansworth CC - 2nd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Paul Blackwell
lb. N Jeghman
12
1
 
Rishi Mahadik
lb. D Ingram
3
 
Sohail Bashir
b. M Zaid
46
5
 
Bobby Choudhry
st. Unsure, b. M Zaid
92
13
1
 
Raz Khan
Not Out
20
 
Adeel Khan
ct. Unsure, b. M Zaid
15
2
 
Waheed Mahroof
b. M Zaid
17
2
 
Vijay Pail
ct. Unsure, b. M Zaid
0
 
Rohan Karat
Not Out
7
 
Hanuman Nallapati
 
 
Taqadas Hussain
 
 
Extras
1w, 4b, 1lb, 3nb
9
Total
for 7 wickets 50 overs
221

Radlett CC - 4th XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Dominic Ingram
10
2
17
1
1.7
N Jeghman
8
2
34
1
4.3
Zahur Gitay
8
1
28
0
3.5
Christian Stevens
3
1
12
0
4.0
Richard Hardy
9
1
61
0
6.8
Ian Sudhery
5
0
30
0
6.0
M Zaid
7
1
34
5
4.9

Radlett CC - 4th XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Dominic Ingram
b. B Choudhry
0
 
Colin Warne
ct. W Mahroof, b. V Pail
59
 
Christian Stevens
b. B Choudhry
4
 
Nick Fielden
ct. R Mahadik, b. B Choudhry
2
 
Zahur Gitay
ct. P Blackwell, b. R Karat
0
 
Richard Hardy
b. T Hussain
34
 
M Zaid
ct. V Pail, b. B Choudhry
21
 
Ian Sudhery
b. R Karat
15
 
T Fielder
Not Out
12
 
N Jeghman
Not Out
7
 
Extras
9w, 7lb
16
Total
for 8 wickets 50 overs
170

Rickmansworth CC - 2nd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Bobby Choudhry
10
2
27
4
2.7
Rohan Karat
10
0
29
2
2.9
Hanuman Nallapati
7
1
29
1
4.1
Adeel Khan
4
0
15
0
3.8
Raz Khan
3
1
8
0
2.7
Taqadas Hussain
3
0
15
1
5.0
Waheed Mahroof
5
0
14
0
2.8
Vijay Pail
8
0
26
1
3.3

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Other Division Seven B results

175/7
177/6
Botany Bay CC - 1st XI
Baldock CC - 2nd XI
105/9
108/1
St Margaretsbury CC - 2nd XI
Datchworth CC - 2nd XI
153
155/9
Stevenage CC - 3rd XI
Hatch End CC - 1st XI
83
116
Dunstable Town CC - Saturday 3rd XI

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League table

# Team Pts
1. Rickmansworth CC - 2nd XI 373
2. Datchworth CC - 2nd XI 365
3. Botany Bay CC - 1st XI 319
4. St Margaretsbury CC - 2nd XI 318
5. Radlett CC - 4th XI 312
6. Dunstable Town CC - Saturday 3rd XI 311
7. Hatch End CC - 1st XI 259

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