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RE-UNION at the piano in 1979 with Ivor Golby on piano and Radlett member Chris Smith, a trombone professional, in support.
Singers (clockwise). P Lord, J Tattersall (at rear), D Hickman, A Hubbard (half-obscured), M Cornell. C Dexter (in suit], M Homan (rear), J Newton, E Torrens, A Renwick, A N Other (obscured), D Cowper, D Murley (front), C Randall (front), M Gillingham (boy) P Cook (drinking), N Draper, A N Other (obscured), C Burton (in suit), A Thornhill
Standing (L-R) K S?(Yorkshire), J Pickavant (umpire), W Athey (Yorkshire), S Dennis (Yorkshire), G Copley, A Ramay, D Griffiths, J Love (Yorkshire), J Bullman, Peter Smith, D Hanson, N. Draper, A Radcliffe, A Sidebottom (Yorkshire), P Carrick (Yorkshire), T Bishop (Southgate, umpire).
Seated (L-R): D Bairstow (Yorkshire), C Randall, G Boycott (Yorkshire), I Holland, R Lumb (Yorkshire), D Murley, D Hickman, G Stevenson (Yorkshire)
John Carr broke the Herts League record in 1991 with 848 runs at an average of 84.8. His last six innings were 55, 157, 105, 121, 63 and 78, and his feat won him the national cricketer of the year, sponsored by The Cricketer, a magazine edited by former England, Yorkshire and Radlett all-rounder Richard Hutton.
Nick Hampton, an Oxford Blue opener, made his debut, and Michael Voss, a compact Western Province left-hander, joined the club for one season from the Maidstone club The Mote at the suggestion of member Eric Howes as an unpaid overseas player. Voss smashed seven centuries, three of those in the league. His 154 not out against Welwyn Garden City provided wonderful entertainment at Cobden Hill, but the highlight was 156 at Hoddesdon in a ferocious run-a-ball partnership of 222 with Carr at almost 10 runs an over. In the penultimate match at Stevenage, Carr hit 63 off 19 balls after the home side had been bowled out for 74.
Edwards started his season with 8-24, demolishing Totteridge for 38 in a warm-up game to accentuate the widening gap between the two old-friend clubs. Later in an all-day club game at Chipperfield, Voss caused a sensation when his wicket was the day’s first to fall – after lunch – for a personal score of 181, watched admiringly by Simon Lloyd, his junior partner in an opening stand of 260, a Radlett record for any wicket at the time. Voss was a fine batsman, though if there were flaws in his armoury, it was a tendency to loft the ball and to fail against the better attacks. His first class career in South Africa was short.
The 1990 season proved to be the hangover year. After an opening home defeat by Berkhamsted, Radlett never really looked like retaining their crown and finished fourth after two losses and too many draws – with North Mymms taking their turn as champions.
John Carr, son of Donald and a future England and Wales Cricket Board official at Lord’s, decided to give up county cricket after losing form at Middlesex in 1989 to start a banking career with Barclays. He became regularly available to Radlett for the 1991 season, and a second Herts League title was secured in overwhelming fashion. Carr, of Upper Station Road, batted so well that he agreed to rejoin Middlesex and resume his professional career. Already one of the best slip fielders on the first class circuit, his new lease of life took him to the top of the national first class averages in 1994 – Brian Lara’s treble year at Warwickshire – and to the brink of England recognition.
Scott Moffat took over as captain for 1999 to lead Radlett into a new elite era. The club had agreed to become provisional founder members of the Home Counties Premier League, due to start in 2000. Finishing second behind Hemel Hempstead was a mild disappointment in the last summer, though the final placing was laudable after the team failed to win any of their first six games as opponents went all out to deny them.
Browne finished with 55 wickets. Nick Fielden, ex Swansea University like Moffat and Warren before him, had become an established opener, winning the ‘most improved’ award three times in a row. Ian Mulholland, a future Herts off-spinner, joined the club for a couple of seasons, but Radlett relied on the trusted faces to take them into the ECB adventure in a semi-professional league.
The second team, under Iain Edwards in his first season as captain, finished second as well after failing in a showdown for the title against Hoddesdon. It was not surprising the seconds did so well because the first-team pool had been widened by players such as Simon Jackson, new arrival from Sunderland, Darren Norman, from Sandridge, Matt Cousens, a rugby player of note, Malcolm Taylor, an Australian banker, Trevor Wolfe and ex-colt Jon Tricker.
The club was going from strength to strength, and bar profits of £15,060 underlined that the Cobden Hill pavilion was the place to be.