Gareth’s Pair of 150s – Unique

Gareth Berg completed a unique double in the Evening Standard Challenge Trophy match at home to BWIA Cavaliers – two innings of 150+ in a weekend. He added 153 not out to his 159 at Falkland on Saturday, 28 June, 2008.

It is believed two centuries have not previously been scored in competitive games over a weekend by a Radlett player – but this was two 150s! This may well be unique in English club cricket.

Having been set a very challenging target of 278 in 50 overs by a strong and entertaining opposition, it was going to require something special to take Radlett into the last 16 of the competition. Berg did not disappoint.

2000s Photos

2003 – Evening Standard Cup Winners

14 Sep 2003

Radlett: 230-7 in 50 overs
Lordswood: 176 in 47.5 overs

Radlett won by 54 runs

Radlett became the first Hertfordshire side and, after High Wycombe’s success last year, the second Home Counties Premier League side to lift the prestigious Evening Standard trophy after comprehensively beating Kent side Lordswood by 54 runs. The competition which is contested between the top 112 teams in London has a total prize fund of £12,000. After beating Middlesex League Champions Teddington and Surrey League Champions Wimbledon in earlier rounds the Cobden Hill side fully deserved there day out at the home of Surrey CC, the AMP Oval.

Odds & Ends

After Stumps: Study of Social Patterns

IT IS EARLY evening in June. A keenly fought cricket match has just resulted in a close finish, at any rate, as close as a margin of eight wickets permits.  Inside the pavilion, students of the human condition and refugees from the local parole board congregate in the centre of the building to enjoy the revels.

From the left dressing room comes laughter and levity interspersed with vain pleas for match monies and shouts of “stop doing that with the soap”. The opposite chamber is enlivened by the sound of bats with thick edges passing through windows with thin glazing, dialogue that makes ‘Last Exit to Brooklyn’ seem like a Jackanory script, and the piercing screams of a teenage colt being boiled alive because he’s unable to read the instructions in the showers.

These petulant tantrums are put down to the artistic temperament (i.e. bad losers). They cease after a while and both sides frequent the bar— though in separate camps divided by a demilitarised zone, which could comfortably petition Korea.

This uneasy truce lasts until about 8.30 p.m. when a major crisis erupts: home players are required to do a bar stint. The variety and ingenuity of the excuses proffered would make rich material for a Ph.D. thesis. Has . . . . . really got a granny who has died three times? Does . . . . . really go to Plymouth Brethren prayer circles? Despite these rats deserting the drinking ship, the bar survives amid an ocean of horizontal bodies and abandoned kit.

Now approaches the maudlin hour when post-mortems are analysed in slow replay and it is generally agreed that one questionable leg-bye turned the game: wholly forgetting that their number nine who scored 60 not out began his innings by handing a white stick to the umpire.

At eleven o’clock the bar shutters descend like guillotines and so to the end of another genteel paramilitary exercise.


1900s Odds & Ends

Old Rules – Same Relevance?

TIMES have changed – or have they – following is an excerpt from a set of club rules published in 1902. They make particularly interesting (and relevant?) reading:

11. The Captain, Sub-Captain, and Secretary shall select the elevens for matches. Any member who has received four days’ notice of his selection, and who is unable to play and fails to give two clear days’ notice of the same, shall be fined one shilling, unless he provide a substitute, or tenders a reasonable excuse.

12.That any member wilfully destroying or damaging any property belonging to the Club, shall restore it at his own expense within one month; and that on refusal to do the same, the Committee shall deal with the case as they think fit.

13. That should the conduct of any member on the field be inconsistent with the character or interest of the Club, the Committee shall for the first offence caution such member, for the second offence fine him and for a third shall have power to expel him from the Club and not permit his presence on the ground.

14. That all fines shall be paid within one month of infliction, and that any member refusing to do so shall be expelled from the Club and ground.

1960s Odds & Ends

Aviary Dismissal

WHEN Robin Wing and Malcolm Bird played in the second team in the early sixties, they achieved the following dismissal line in the scorebook against Southgate.

Chicken, caught Bird, bowled Wing.

No one remembers how many Chicken scored – but it wasn’t a duck.

Odds & Ends

Mole Kills Mole

RADLETT seconds were once playing at Flitwick when suddenly something moved on the square. “It’s got to be a mole coming up for air,” was the general view, whereupon a Flitwick man hared off for a shovel, beat the ground and a mole appeared. It was then quickly despatched by—would you believe?—a Mr. Mole.

The headline on the local newspaper the next week ran, “Mole kills mole.”


1884 – Rustic beginnings

Imagine a gently sloping grassy field strewn with cowpats, weeds and broken branches, on the left side of what is now the Shenley Hill end of Williams Way. An old lodge house stands on today’s junction of the two roads, and half a mile away along the stately drive lies the Newberries mansion and its outhouses.

All around are fields and trees, acres of them, stretching down a long steep slope to the London Midland Railway below, which arrows its way through the Radlett valley. Dotted here and there are the big houses whose owners daily commute to London on the steam trains. In between are much smaller dwellings rented by farming folk who make up the bulk of the population – about 360 souls in all.