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Radlett's title hopes delayed
2:52pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Sport
With Radlett only one win away from claiming the league title, Letchworth Garden City’s 52-run win on Saturday put the champagne on ice for another week.
Put into bat, Letchworth made 230 all out with Navin Seneviratne top-scoring with a knock of 82. Fellow opener Tom Simmons was the next-highest scorer with 51.
Stand-in skipper Kabir Toor was in good form with the ball, taking five for 41 from his nine overs.
Although Stuart Browne went unrewarded, he was unplayable as his just 14 runs were conceded from his ten overs, which included five maidens.
Initially, all appeared to be going to plan as the prolific opening pair of Fraser Crawford (49) and Toor (37) guided the home side to 131 for one.
But as the party was ready to commence, Radlett collapsed horribly as ther next nine wickets went down for just 30 runs and they were dimissed for 161.
Stephen Hughes’ four for 20 from seven overs helped Letchworth spoil the party.
Chorleywood fell to within ten points of the drop zone after suffering a disappointing loss against relegation candidates Hoddesdon.
Hoddesdon chose to stick Chorleywood in after captain Tom Smithson lost the toss and they soon found themselves in trouble at 50 for five after 13 overs.
Smithson fell for a valiant 36, while Freddie Dare stuck 42 as Wood looked to resurrect their chances. An end total of 181 looked a decent target for strugging Hoddesdon.
Their innings got off to a good start with both openers playing with reckless abandon but three quick wickets slowed the scoring rate and momentum.
Dave Bushnell (three for 31), Will Pendered (one for 20) and Jamie Smithson (nought for 31) all did their best to give Wood a chance to salvage an unlikely win.
Nevertheless, the middle order was quick to pick up the pace once more and despite the loss of a further three wickets, Hoddesdon gained the victory with two overs to spare.
Hemel Hempstead lost by eight runs to Bishop’s Stortford, who leapfrogged their visitors into second place.
Winning the toss and deciding to bat first, Bishops made 210 for eight from their 50 overs, with David Hughes (62 not out) and Simon Lindop (26) top-scoring.
Parth Mehta impressed with the ball for Hemel, taking two for 27 from ten overs and claiming three maidens in the process.
In reply though, Hemel were bowled out for 202, Josh Graves’ 43 and Hem Ilangaratne’s 35 not enough for the visitors, who saw Mark Townsend claim the final wicket with figures of two for 37 from just shy of eight overs.
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