1972 – Team Effort Leads to a Successful Season

By 1972, Dawson, a powerful thick-necked Hertfordshire and former Bedfordshire batsman, was established in the side. He hit 1,192 runs that summer when Radlett won 21 overall and lost only five, heralding a vintage era almost to the end of the decade. Mike Dexter hit 992. Dawson hit 148 not out at Hemel Hempstead, and Pat Howard delivered victory by clean-bowling the last two batsmen with the day’s last two possible deliveries as Radlett finished seventh in the Herts Competition.

Golby topped both first and third team bowling, Chris Hawkins the seconds. In the thirds, the season was highlighted by Peter Thornhill going berserk to hit 78 in 53 minutes.

This year marked the death of that enthusiast Leslie King, a former Hertfordshire seam bowler and great loss to the club for which he had worked so hard.