Matthew Grant and Connor Emerton share the wickets between them as Welwyn Garden City romp to Radlett win
PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 June 2018
Welwyn Garden City are on the march in Saracens Herts Cricket League Premier Division as a 108-run win away to league leaders Radlett brought up a second successive victory.
It lifted them up to third in the table behind North Mymms and West Herts and sent their hosts tumbling down to fourth.
In the first of the timed games this year, WGC won the toss and elected to have to have first stab on a good pitch at Cobden Hill.
And despite losing Alex Chalker early on, Louis Champion (31) and Dan Blacktopp (70) took the score past 50.
And once Champion fell to Joe Cook it was all about Owais Shah (37) and James Southgate (45) who together with Blacktopp took the score up to 200.
Welwyn would eventually reach 242 after 59.3 overs and with some lower-order runs coming from Connor Emerton and Matthew Grant.
Opposition skipper Kabir Toor was the chief tormentor, taking 5-54.
In reply Radlett went off like one of the express trains that regularly pass the ground.
Fraser Crawford, Tom Jenkins and Toor all scored at a run a ball but fresh from the tea break Emerton found his rhythm and the hosts suddenly found themselves five down for with less than 100 on the board.
The key turning point was the introduction of young Matthew Grant and his left-arm spin and he went through the lower order with ease taking 5-33 in 10 overs.
At the other end Emerton was still firing on all cylinders and the tail had no answer to his pace and accuracy and he completed his 16-over spell with figures of 5-58, and Radlett all out for 134.
Welwyn are next in action this Saturday when they host Bishop’s Stortford at Digswell Park.
WGC’s fourth team were at Hatfield Hyde 2nds where the hosts picked up a five-wicket win.
WGC batted first and Hyde had their guests at 80-8 but a partnership between Wells and Patel got them to 121.
Kapila Samarakoon and Scott Davies did the damage for Hatfield, claiming 4-26 and 4-13 respectively.
Wikis van der Walt was the top scorer with the bat as he got to 45 before Alan Carter and Samarakoon saw Hyde home to another valuable 30 points.