1933 – A Season of Runs

The 1933 season saw the start of a run spree the Club has never known since. In another hot summer Radlett notched up six wins, eight losses and nine draws with a huge number of runs. The first team scored 3,891 runs against their opponents’ 4,296 from 23 games. Leslie Hosier, who topped the batting averages at 34.61, really found his form against West Herts hitting 97 in a two-wicket win, 91 against Aldenham School and 107 against Chorleywood. That year Cyril Pittman (105) and Arthur Grubb (111) notched up the only pair of hundreds in one innings the Club has ever known in a total of 281 -5 dec. against Hemel Hempstead, who were thrashed out of sight.

But despite nine scores over 200, only six first team games were won that year. There was just one official win in 1934, and Ivor Golby carried his bat in his opening first team match for 60, later to score his maiden Club ton against Bishop’s Stortford. That season P. C. Hill hammered R.A.F. Henlow’s bowlers for 113 in Radlett’s highest ever total of 347-5 dec.

Radlett lost their 1933 match at Bishop’s Stortford in bizarre fashion. Radlett’s last pair seemed to be playing out time comfortably, but three minutes from the close Bob Woodbridge launched a powerful drive at a half-volley and the ball struck Coyle, his batting partner, on the head. End of match, nearly the end of Coyle, who was taken to hospital.

On A pleasant Saturday afternoon at Harpenden in 1933, Radlett fielded through 69 overs while the home side amassed 301-9 declared; Radlett replied with 166-7.