Important activity off the field followed the triumphant season. Designed by architect Roy Millard, a club member, an imposing balcony was gouged out of the front of the pavilion and the bar room was stylishly enhanced in time for the start of the 1992 season. An anonymous member had contributed £80,000, though the donor was confirmed as David Taylor after his death. He would never countenance payments to buy on-field success, so this was by far the best way to make a permanent impact on his beloved club.

A highlight of the 1992 season was the brief appearance of Ian Hutchinson, released by Middlesex that winter. He had been invited to join by Blundell through their eton fives connection and, with a first class double-hundred to his name, he hit 178 not out at Barnet on his league debut. But he broke a finger, missed almost the whole season and decided not to commit to league cricket. Hanson missed that season and half the next when work took him to Dublin.

Five matches were washed out, Moffat finished as best batsman with 523 at 58.11 and Radlett slipped down to 11th. Dave Holden finished top of the league’s 2nd XI bowling averages, bolstered by 7-14 at Sawbridgeworth, where he took a hat-trick in the final over to win the match. Richard Haxell claimed all 10 in a league match on an artificial strip at Hertford after he had been dropped to the third team. Bowling unchanged, he had captured the first nine wickets when his captain Colin Webb tried to take him off. “I refused in language not fit to print,” Haxell recalled before becoming the third man to achieve this feat in the club’s history.

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