Pacesetters Radlett too hot for Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 15:31 06 August 2015 | UPDATED: 15:55 06 August 2015

Jamie Hewitt bats for WGC

Jamie Hewitt bats for WGC

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Welwyn Garden City fell to a seven wicket defeat away to SHL leaders Radlett on Saturday as their winless run was extended to four matches.

Three defeats and a draw in the last four games has seen WGC drop out of the top four play off places.

On a used wicket at Cobden Hill over the weekend WGC won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first, knowing that historically scoring becomes harder as the day goes on.

Losing skipper Jamie Hewitt first ball of the match wasn’t in the plan however and from there on WGC were on the back foot.

The rest of the top five all got starts with Louis Champion making 24, Simon Greenall 22, Owais Shah 39 and Alex Chalker 21, but none found it easy.

Wickets fell consistently for the visitors and they were all out in the 41st over for 138.

Radlett’s Rob Clements took the plaudits from his side with bowling figures of 4-17 from 12 overs, while Kabir Toor and Ben Lederman both took two wickets each.

WGC were hoping the wicket would prove as difficult for the home side.

However, despite Connor Emerton trapping opener Fraser Crawford lbw for 11 and Scott Walter outing Toor in the same manner for 16, with the score still in the 30s, Radlett had enough time and experience to coast to a seven-wicket victory.

Jonathan McLean led the way with 48, before he was caught by Chalker off Shah, and Joe Cooke ended the afternoon unbeaten with 39. Shane Burger was also not out having made 16.

For the first time in over a month, WGC have dropped out of the top four and will need to pick themselves up against Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday to get their play-off aspirations back on track.


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