Roger Morgan, troubled by a sore back, persuaded Mark Blundell to take over for 1988 and Radlett finished a creditable fifth, leapfrogging North Mymms by beating them in the final game.

Forbes, selected for Hertfordshire, broke the league record in 1988 with 54 wickets, though his drinks industry job reduced his availability after that.

A total of 25 matches were won, beating the club record set in 1973. Robinson finished with 1,333 runs to squeeze past Geoff Dawson’s record set in 1975. Nine league games were won, three more than ever before.

Dave Holden, a former Bradford League seamer of the distant past, was tempted to try some serious cricket again after participating in a Friday evening social match against the club for Porters Park Golf Club. Quickly promoted to the first team, he took a hat-trick against Sawbridgeworth at Cobden Hill. Four years later the Yorkshireman took another hat-trick against ‘Sawbo’, this time for the seconds.

Morgan retired from playing and became a valuable committee man, remaining a staunch supporter of the club until his premature death in 2013 at the age of 69 during a round of golf at Porters Park.

It was during a club game in 1988 against Chesham at Cobden Hill that David Hanson unstrapped his wicketkeeping pads and took 6-12 in seven overs of seam to instigate a collapse that set up a seven-wicket victory, sealed with an innings of 52 from his younger brother Mike. With Baker the league first choice, Radlett were well served for stumpers.