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1992 The St Radegund cricket team is founded after Champion of the Thames landlord Barry Campanay challenges Terry 'Bunter' Kavanagh to a game of cricket between the two pubs. Some days prior to the match Bunter finds a hideous brass claret jug in the pub's cellar and, wanting rid of it, offers it as a trophy for the winners of the forthcoming match. On Sunday 28th June a sizeable crowd gathers at The Close to see the Champ win by three wickets and claim the newly-christened King Street Trophy. Mike Taylor top scores with 65. Mike Umpleby takes 4 wickets. Thirteen-year old Ollie Crabb makes his debut. The match is scored by Sean Hesketh.

St Radegund captain Ron 'Eyebrows' Taylor will go on to captain the side for the next four years without once taking to the field of play.

1993 Edward Bates scores 29, Umpleby again takes 4 wickets and Phil Ladbrook 3 as the St Radegund team pulls off a surprise victory. The King Street Trophy returns to the Rad. Bunter is furious.

1994 Team personnel continues to change. Ewan Cameron scores 46 on his debut, but it is not enough to beat a strong Champ side who win by 13 runs. Jon Dawson makes his debut - for the Champ!

1995 The Rad loses to the Champ again, in spite of good knocks from Cameron (41) and Dean (42). Rod Thomas scores 19 for the Rad, having previously been on the winning side in 1992.

1996 - 1997 Jon Dawson takes over as captain, and the Rad lose to the Champ for the third, and then the fourth, successive year. The scorecards for these matches are lost, probably no bad thing.

1998 Against the Champ, JD rings the changes with a new-look side featuring only Allan Hurst and Ollie Crabb from the original St Radegund team. Nick Smith scores 43 and Ollie Crabb 41 but newcomers Alan Barrett, Chris Evans, Steven Haslemere and Kent Stanley can manage only one run between them as the Champ's Gary West runs riot with 6 for 19.

The St Radegund then breaks new ground by finding room in its fixture list for a second match! Chris Evans, president of the pub's Vera Lynn Appreciation Society, fields a solid team of players from various local company sides that, chasing 215, is reduced to 57 all out by the bowling of Steve Bartlett, Stuart Hallam and Kent. Nick Smith scores 104 for the Rad. JD hands the captaincy over to Steven Haslemere for this match, but the result has little to do with that decision.

1999 Attempts to warm up for the King Street Trophy match with a second game against Veras are hit by the weather and the match is rained off. Against the Champ, skipper Haslemere scores 26 and Stanley 22 in a total of 129 but the old enemy romps home with seven wickets to spare. Haslemere resigns and the twelve-month captaincy and captain's cap are introduced. Sean Hesketh is nicknamed 'Prince of Darkness'. The nickname sticks.

2000 The season begins with a combined St Radegund/Westcott House team losing to Jesus College Graduates at The Close. Fatty Hill, on his debut, takes 4 for 10. The match against the Veras is notable for being a high-scoring affair in which every player gets a bat and a bowl. Steve Bartlett emerges from the mayhem with 6 for 6 but still ends up on the losing side thanks to Whitmore's unbeaten 77, as the Rad come up short by a mere ten runs.

Captain Kent Stanley's score of 42 puts his team firmly in charge against the Champ. Two wickets apiece for Ben Rudge and Alan Barrett and three run outs are decisive in this 50-run victory, which breaks a six-year losing streak. Bunter pretends to be mildly pleased at having the King Street Trophy back in the pub. His work done, Kent hands on the captaincy to Chris 'The Yorkshire Sipper' Metcalfe.

2001 The St Radegund continues its winning ways, coming out on top in its first three games. Debutant Rob Taylor scores 34 as the Rad amasses 168, then Stanley and Will Gentle take four wickets each to leave CBXI well short of their target. There follows an emphatic performance against Veras, with Stanley scoring 50 not out and Fatty taking 3 for 14. Against CCT it's Rod's turn to shine, his finely-worked 51 not out providing the foundation for a 97-run victory in which Haslemere takes 3 for 14.

The Rad is on the wrong end of a 90-run win against Jesus Graduates. In spite of an heroic performance with the ball from Ollie Crabb (4 for 45) our batsmen are outclassed, with only Gavin Whichello (19) and Thomas (18) emerging with any credit.

Normal service is resumed against the Champ. An unknown South African by the name of Roberts scores an unbeaten 64, and Pete Twitchett 47 out of a total 187. Chris Evans weighs in with a triple wicket maiden against the tail. Kent looks to be in good nick, but on 42 he holes out to Roberts on the midwicket boundary. Fatty and Thomas consolidate, but the Rad come up short in the run chase yet again.

Towards the end of the year Bunter and Haslemere produce the first edition of Witless Cricketers' Almanack a parody of Wisden, St Radegund-style. Though some consider it a tad pricey at 2 for 28 pages (this is cheaper per page than Wisden itself!), the magazine soon exhausts its print run, thanks in no small part to Bunter's forceful selling technique.

2002 The St Radegund's first match is an evening game against Westcott House. Fatty (36) and Dave Shelton (26*) spare the team's blushes, but the Rad can only manage 89 in twenty overs and is beaten by six wickets.

CBXI is dismissed for 45 thanks to a devastating opening spell from Fatty (3 for 11) and Stanley (2 for 5). Chris Evans (3 for 17) seals the victory with a maiden hat-trick, the win having been set up by a half century from Kent, who continues his fine form against Veras. He and Sipper both score 36 (the latter's being unbeaten) in an easy win.

There are more impressive performances with the bat against the Champ. Fatty hits an unbeaten fifty, while Stanley, Beard and skipper Alan Barrett all chip in with vital runs in another high-scoring addition to the series. Twitchett (38) shines for the Champ who are contained thanks to a strong, all-round bowling performance.

An inaugural match against a revived Free Press team (which was originally founded back in 1977 by Roger Crabb) proves popular. Stanley, Sipper and Fatty all hit the thirties. The Press makes a strong reply but soon start to lose wickets, and the middle order is stifled by tight bowling as the Rad wins by eleven runs. A week later it's back to Parker's Piece for a game against a Gavin Whichello XI. Stand-in skipper Haslemere (37) and Shelton (25) put on 59 for the first wicket, and Sipper hits a quick fire 42. Whichello's XI are duly skittled for 27, with Mike 'Mini' Cooper bagging 5 for 7 and Beard 3 for 12.

Over the August Bank Holiday weekend the team, partners and what seems like the entire clientele of the St Radegund, decamps to Gloucestershire for its first ever cricket tour. The itinerary takes in an evening at Frocester Beer Festival, a game of cricket against Slimbridge C C and a six-a-side tournament organized by Cam C C. The match ends in a drubbing, with only Fatty and Cooper reaching double figures and the hosts comfortable winners by five wickets. Stanley is the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4 for 13. At the six-a-side competition, the Rad fields two sides who, inevitably, end up vying for the wooden spoon. The tour is hailed an unqualified success, and forms the centrepiece of Witless's second edition which publishes at the end of the year.

2003 The campaign begins with a five-wicket win over a Westcott House team featuring ordinand and future team chaplain, Tim Harling. John Aspden catches the eye with figures of 3 for 8 on his debut. A game against a Queens' College team follows, the origins of which lie in a 100 wager between Fatty and Alex Page. Motivation enough for anyone, you would think. Fatty scores 47 and, having enlisted the help of Jesuan rugby players Bobby Forrest and Richard Hegarty to beef up the batting, is delighted to see the Rad rack up a 200-plus score before bowling Queens' out for 175. Caroline Saywell scores her first match for the St Radegund.

A first game at St John's ground proves a disaster. JD and captain Chris Evans take a pair of wickets each as The Six Bells finish their allotted overs on 169 for 5. Between innings the heavens open, turning what had been a useful batting strip into a sticky, and the Rad is dismissed for a meagre 20 runs, Reed taking 6 for 13!

Wickets are shared around the bowling attack as it restricts The Free Press to 97 at The Close before running out victors by five wickets, Ollie Crabb remaining unbeaten on 30. He carries his form over into the next match with 35 against a Veras side playing under a new president in Steven Haslemere. Chasing 125, the Rad is 9 wickets down going into the final over but manages to squeak home thanks to the cool heads of Steve Bartlett and John Whitney.

Next up is a double header against CBXI, both of which are lost. In the first, Flack's 62 gives CBXI the edge. In the second, CBXI cruise to a nine-wicket victory after the St Radegund are bowled out for 79. It's an all-too familiar tale against the Champ, as the Rad fails once again to chase a total, this year coming up short by only three runs. Our final home match brings South London's Priory Arms team to Cambridge. The visitors post an emphatic 163 for 8 in which Bartlett again shows his bowling nous with a stunning return of 4 for 5, then shares a last wicket stand of 53 with JD to seal an improbable victory!

The August Bank Holiday finds several Rad players back at the Frocester Beer Festival and the Cam C C six-a-side competition, once again doing better at the drinking than the cricket. A long season extends to the last week September when Bunter leads a St Radegund party to the island of Vis in Croatia to play the recently-formed Kriket Klub Sir William Hoste. JD and John Whitney decide to sail there and take a week to travel from the Balearics to the Adriatic. Under stand-in captain Sipper, the Rad record a comfortable first overseas win in which Haslemere takes a fortuitous 3 for 0. There is some question about the accuracy of the scoring, but that is soon forgotten amid the beautiful scenery, friendliness of the hosts, and copious amounts of wine. Not even Bunter breaking his arm can spoil the fun.

Back in Cambridge, our first ever end of season dinner in the Parker Room at Corpus Christi proves an enjoyable end to a memorable year.

2004 Fatty scores an unbeaten 50 against King's. Only Razza (38) and Ollie (28) make it into double figures as the Rad subsides to 150 all out. King's make up the difference with an over and two wickets to spare. We struggle against a Rhadegunds Society side featuring some familiar faces. President Nick King top scores with 30 as the Rad bowling attack pegs the Rhads back, but blow our chances with the batting, all out for a paltry 70. Another evening match against the same College's Graduates sees the Rad post 110 in twenty overs. Rod scores 26 and Ollie 21, and Sipper remains not out for 19. Haslemere then slams the brakes on the Grads innings with a spell of 4 for 13 runs as the Rad win by five runs.

Because of construction work on the pavilion at The Close, this year's match against the Champ takes place at Corpus Christi. Captain Rod Thomas (21) and Ollie (23) lay good foundations for victory against the Champ, then Fatty (51*) and JD (36) add 70 for the third wicket, setting a target of 173 to win. Tim Cook and Mike Wilson share a sixty-run opening stand but use up nearly half their team's overs doing so, and the Champ finishes the game 13 runs adrift allowing the Rad to claim the King Street Trophy for the fourth time. Bunter says we're taking the game far too seriously.

We record a second win against The Priory Arms. Fatty's purple patch continues as he hits another unbeaten fifty to set up the victory by five wickets. The Free Press bowl the St Radegund out for 86 at Fitzwilliam Sports Ground. A hat-trick in Haslemere's first over keeps interest up, but 27 from John Bates and 29 not out from Craig Bickley soon dispel any notions of a third consecutive win for the Rad.

This year's Veras is a high-spirited affair in which wives conspire to bowl out husbands, sons have fathers caught at the wicket, and there is more familial fun and games than a wet weekend in Wisbech. It's a shame one team has to lose.

The August Bank Holiday brings a return to Gloucestershire, complete with all the trimmings. As usual it's tough going against Slimbridge CC, and not even their lending the Rad a couple of players can stop us losing. The tourists are indebted to Ric Sainty, and Steve and Belinda Herbert of the Old Spot Inn in Dursley for their hospitality. At Cam C C's six-a-side tournament Rod passes the captaincy on to Ollie. Having been in the team since he was thirteen, the wonder is that it's taken him so long to get his hands on it!

2005 The Rad travel to Sussex to take on a team from Christ's Hospital in the season's opening fixture, organized by Charlie Farquharson-Roberts. The Rad's top three batsmen all make it into the thirties, then Sipper blasts 50, garnering support from first Tim Haire (19*) on his debut, then Beard (11*). Chasing 206 to win, Christ's so nearly make it. Mitra scores 55 before attempting one big hit too many against Chris Evans, and Fleming and Cordell look set to punish the bowling as they close in on the target. Needing 20 off the last over, they give it everything but come up six runs short. An enjoyable game, and a just as enjoyable barbecue and party afterward.

Against Jesus Grads at The Close, it's the Rad's turn to lose by six. Early breakthroughs for Fatty and Beard are undone as Extras becomes top scorer for the Grads. There is spirited resistance from Beard (32*) and new boy Tom Lewis (28*) but the Rad ships wickets to fail in the chase once again. With eerie symmetry the next game, against Jesus's First XI, is lost in a similar fashion. Fatty takes 3 for 2 as Jesus makes 103 from 15 overs, and in spite of a sterling effort from Barrett (23), JD (20) and skipper Ollie (14*) the margin of defeat is only four runs. A young Jesuan by the name of James Burberry is one of the bowlers keeping it gnat's-chuff tight at the death. Alan continues the good work, scoring an unbeaten 29 against the Rhadegunds after both Lewis and Fatty retire in the thirties. A good all round performance by the bowling attack has the Society dismissed for 87.

There's a first ever trip to Newton to sample the lunch time delights of the Queen's Head, and then play their cricketers afterwards. Alas, the fine fare seems to take its toll on the St Radegund's batsmen, who seem to be suffering from post-prandial lethargy. Razza, though, scores 23 and the captain 35 in a total of 116, a total the Queen's Head knocks off with ease. Chris Evans takes two of the three wickets to fall. The watching cows seem bemused by it all.

Slimbridge C C come up to Cambridge on a short tour, and prove once again to be a cut above. Gallagher scores 92 not out as the visitors power to 220 then bowl the Rad out for 86. The Free Press are restricted to 126 for 9, with all but four of their batsmen failing to score. Beard is rampant with 4 wickets for 17 runs. It's the Rad's game to lose from here, and it does so in style. Lewis, Leslie and Crabb give the team a firm base, but a middle order collapse and some suicidal run outs leave the tail too much to do and we finish second best by a matter of eight runs.

The King Street Trophy match follows the recent pattern of Champ wins in odd-numbered years. The Rad hits an impresive 215 for 5 in which a number of batsmen shine. Lewis scores an unbeaten half century, but Nigel Dixon pays him back in kind to set up a nail-biting finish. Ollie bowls the last over, from which the Champ need five to win and the Rad a single wicket. With two balls left and the scores tied, Pete Twitchett guides the Champ home. Two days later, Ollie leads a Rad side for a first match against The Blue Ball. Play is held up by a serious knee injury to opener Pearce and, once the ambulance has left the ground, the overs are reduced to eight per side. Dave OJ scores 27 as The Blue Ball successfully defend their total.

St Radegund Ladies, led by Millie Thorne, loses by five wickets to an NCI Ladies XI.

The Metropolitan Police Sports Ground in Chigwell is the unlikely setting for the St Radegund's final match of the season, against The Oakdale Arms from Harringay. Millie grabs 2 for 13 as the Oakdale are bowled out for 99. The Rad stroll to victory in the sunshine, with John Aspden scoring 26 not out. Rachel Ballantyne scores her first match for the St Radegund.

2006 The new season sees the St Radegund playing a higher number of fixtures and drinking a larger amount of beer at matches. This is, perhaps, only to be expected when you make a cricket-mad brewer captain. Beard starts the campaign with a difficult game against Jesus College. In spite of big innings from Lewis (43), Will Tatchell (52) and a decent knock from moonlighting Jesus Grads captain Ed Morgan (26), a score of 145 represents an easy enough target for the home team to pick off.

There's a much better showing against the Village C C, a team the Rad is playing for the first time. Fatty is the star with 3 for 13 and an unbeaten 50 as the Rad, for once, makes a successful run chase, Rod and James Burberry combining to see their team home with a wicket to spare. It's back to losing ways against Jesus Grads, and even though each member of the Naisby-Burberry-Haslemere bowling attack bags three wickets, the final decisive one remains elusive as Selvey (yes, son of the cricket correspondent) makes an unbeaten 36. Burberry (2 for 14) is among the wickets again in the next match, but his heroics aren't enough against a stronger Rhadegunds side.

The action shifts to London and a rare away match, this one in Victoria Park for a first game against the Wenlock Arms. Containment is the watchword as the Rad bowlers, led by Naisby and Haslemere at their most miserly, stifle the Wenlock's batting to restrict them to 84. The target is achieved with the loss of only two wickets but the presence, at boundary's edge, of three sun-bathing Brazilian beauties proves such a major distraction that it's a wonder more wickets aren't lost.

The next game, at Fitzwilliam College's Sports Ground, is a mismatch as Remnants rack up an impressive 192 for 1 and the Rad replies with a woeful 34 all out. Ollie and Haslemere put on 61 for the first wicket against The Free Press. Captain Beard adds 23, Sipper 17 and Aspden 18 not out in a total of 153. Naisby and Haslemere soon have the Press on the back foot and it's not long before they're down on the asking rate. Not even a flourish from Lee can help matters and the Press finish well short on 129 for 5.

It's back to Fitz for a game against CBXI in which Sipper scores 34 and Aspden 21 not out in a total of 136. Easy pickings for CBXI who romp home by seven wickets. It's a nail-biter back at The Close as Extras top scores with 39. Oakdale Arms make a go of the run chase in spite of shipping regular wickets and get home by the narrowest of margins.

Six days later a strong Rad side bullies a weak Veras team in a glaring mismatch. Ollie and Beard both hit an unbeaten 30, then Maddie Garnish takes 3 for 3 as Veras are dismissed for 27 runs. Against the Champ, the sequence of alternating victories is broken by a tied game on a memorable day. With the Rad needing two to win off the last ball they tie the scores on a bye before Razza is run out attempting the winning run. It is later rumoured that the Champ engineered the finish, but that was not the impression gained by the players and spectators who witnessed this thriller.

North Wales is the scene for the Rad's penultimate match of a long season. As part of Gange and Llinos's wedding weekend the Rad descends on Pwllheli for a game against that town's second XI. They prove a too good for us and run out easy victors by 6 wickets. Beard is not out on 35. The groom scores 4.

In the final match, the bowlers cap a season's good work with further rewards. Chris Evans, Haslemere and Jack Lawlor-Anderson all take three wickets as Queen's Head fail to make triple figures. Fatty (32*), Mike Evans (24*) and Lawlor-Anderson (20) make light work of the 99 needed to win.

2007 The St Radegund's first game of the new season highlights some problems in communication. The bowlers perform well enough in restrictuing Jesus Grads to 113, but then we press the self destruct button as four batsmen are run out. The Rad makes a better fist of the game against Westcott House. Simon Adelman scores 30 not out in pursuit of a total of 95. New skipper Fatty leads from the front against the Queen's Head, an unbeaten 31 and 4 for 18 proving too much for the home side.

Haslemere top scores with 24 then is pick of the bowlers with 3 for 16 against The Free Press, but his efforts prove in vain as Justin Lee and Dave Parsonage guide the Press to victory.

A narrow win in a good-natured twilight encounter against the Veras barely compensates.

There is an accomplished performance against the Blue Ball at Corpus Christi. Messrs Crabb, Dawson and Metcalfe all manage to bat to the retirement score, then some tight bowling from Burberry and even tighter fielding from the Rad helps set up a 55 run win.

In this year's King Street Trophy Match the Champ wins by 4 wickets. Nigel Dixon and Chris Cundell share a sixth-wicket partnership which the Rad's bowling attack finds impossible to sunder.

At the end of the season comes a memorable tour to the East Riding and a friendly game against Horse House Formals at South Dalton. Thomas and Adelman put on 56 for the seventh wicket but a tie, however contrived, seems the only just result.

2008 An early-season return to Vis in Croatia sees a much improved Sir William Hoste side come out on top. Fatty forgets to being his cricket boots, as it would appear does the rest of the team, as the Rad posts a below par 115. A patient 53 not out from Sinia Vodopija sets up the home team's win on their new, permanent pitch.

Back in Blighty, Tom Lewis and captain Tom Corbin help themselves to 25 runs each, and Haslemere records 3 for 16 as Westcott House is over-powered. The bowler carries on his good form against the Queen's Head at Newton, taking 3 for 22, but it proves one of the few highlights as the Rad is sent packing for 57.

There is a good win for the Veras at The Close. Paul Crush and Nathan Thompson lead the charge for Veras, before Lawlor-Anderson and Stacpoole combine to strangle the St Radegund's reply.

The Champ secures an emphatic five-wicket victory in which Viktor Dixon scores 41 not out. Burberry (3 for 9) bravely tries to stem the tide, but to little avail. Much better is the game against Jesus Grads in which the Rad's bowling attack succeeds where it failed against the Champ. Lawlor-Anderson takes 3 for 13 and Page and Beard grab two wickets each to complete a 63-run victory. Against The Free Press, though, the bowlers are once again on the back foot. Lewis hits a half century and Beard an unbeaten 40, but the Press's batting proves just too strong.

2009 The St Radegund undertakes an ambitious early-season tour to Bequia in the Grenadines at the invitation of John Whitney, and manages to rustle up half a team. The first game, against Manicou C C, is abandoned after 5 overs. The Rad is soundly beaten by a Bequia Cricket Association XI, the highlight of said match being Beard's 5 for 28, his first five-wicket haul for the Rad. The team's third game, against The Graduates, is a washout. With time running out, we finally manage a second match, but only after a three hour boat ride to Mustique and defeat at the hands of their Executives.

Fresh from these triumphs, the Rad arrives at Queens' Sports Ground expecting a tough match, and gets one. The Village makes 166 for the loss of 2 wickets and then, in spite of dogged resistance form Lewis (31) and JD (40), work their way through the batting order to win by 52 runs. There's more trouble against Jesus, who put on 210 for 4 in 20 overs before reducing the St Radegund to 91 for 8.

Our friends from Vis in Croatia arrive for their first ever overseas tour. Having warned them of the vagaries of English weather, they bring a touch of the Adriatic to Cambridge and play two games at The Close in temperatures in the high twenties. Not bad for a late May Bank Holiday! Sadly for us, their recent improvement proves not to be one off and the Hoste team wins by four wickets.

The St Radegund enjoys a day our in North East London with a game in Springfield Park against Wenlock Arms. Skipper Stephen Matthew misses the match, and his team's first win of the season. The Rad fields its strongest bowling attack, and it proves too strong. Beard takes 3 for 6 and Lawlor-Anderson 3 for 10 to leave the Wenlock on 43 for 6! A Brisk re-jigging of the attack allows the Wenlock to mount a respectable target that the Rad patiently chips away at, running out winners by five wickets. Post-match there is a pleasant evening of curry, trad jazz and poker in an upstairs room at the Wenlock.

There is another ways against Booking at The Close. Beard takes 3 for 27 and Haslemere a notable 3 for 0 in a single over as Booking is skittled for 90, and the Rad knocks off the winning runs with few alarms. The team suffers a typical reverse against Jesus Grads, who score 157. Jacob Sharpe hits 40 and Lewis 50 not out, but a limp middle order is unable to keep up with the required rate. In this year's Veras match, an honourable draw is offered with the scores tied and Veras well on top. No such charity is offered by The Free Press, whose Dave Parsonage hits a mature 50 not out to take the away from us. Joe Townsend (36) stars with the bat for the Rad.

Alfie Dixon has a memorable day for the Champ, taking 4 for 21 as the St Radegund struggles to match its scoring rate. Lewis and Lawlor-Anderson hold our innings together, but the Rad once again fails to bring along its 'A' Game.

A touring team from Dollar in Scotland provide much amusement off the pitch, but are far too handy on it. Beard's is 4 for 17 the only consolation as we are outplayed in all departments. An see-saw season winds to a close with the defeat of Queen's Head at The Close. Lewis sets things up nicely with another half century, then Beard and Burberry apply the pressure to force mistakes from the batsmen, allowing Haslemere to capitalise with 3 for 15.

2010 For the second year running the St Radegund opens its domestic campaign with a game against the Village C C, and for the second year running it is soundly beaten, though at leats this year's margin of defeat is smaller. Morgans does the damage with a knock of 60 that Lewis would do well to emulate if he didn't keep running out of partners. A few weeks later and there's more batting practice at Queens' against The Blue Ball. Lewis again makes a solid contribution and is joined by new batting find Nick Day in an opening stand worth 44 which bodes well for the rest of the season. The Blue Ball start well but are undone by accuracy from Beard and incisiveness from Haslemere, who account for the top three batsmen. The rest of the attack then produces a fine example of containment to halt The Blue Ball's progress some thirty-odd runs shy of the target.

The team repairs to Southwold for Tom Corbin's wedding, and the promise of a match against Veras the day after the nuptials. This takes place in the grounds of the bride's old school, but close enough to the building to invoke instant dismissal for any batsman who decides to 'go aerial'. This being the St Radegund,there is a number of people willing to risk Best Man JD's wrath, and so Lawlor-Anderson, Haslemere, Barry Grieveson and the groom himself all go into the book, given out Dangerous Play.

Rain ends the match against Jesus Grads with only one innings completed, the Rad defeats Westcott House in a match that shouldn't have gone ahead but did, then is put in the awkward position of having the pitch, the beer and the tea but no opposition when The Alma fail to show at Corpus' ground. In the end we just play amongst ourselves.

The next match is a rare declaration game, against Red Guards at King's. The Lewis/Day partnership begins to bear fruit as they put on 101 for the first wicket on the way to a record score of 229. During his innings, Lewis passes 1000 career runs for the St Radegund, the first batsman ever to do so. Red Guards bat well but lose wickets regularly, as Beard, Lawlor-Anderson and Grieveson all grab a pair of wickets, and by the end they are hanging on for a draw. Skipper John Aspden regards the match as the best cricket game he has ever been involved in.

Against a Devonshire Arms side captained by Beard and assembled from past and present Radegundians, Lawlor-Anderson takes 4 for 25 and Lewis 3 for 4 in a rare outing with the ball, but the day belongs to the Dev, and Simon Adelman in particular, who scores 48 not out against his former team mates.
We are back at Newton a week later to play the Queen's Head. Lewis scores 34 and Mike Evans 26 as the Rad compiles a handy 141. The Queen's Head are then bowled out for 80. Corbin takes 2 for 6 and Haslemere begins a run of form with the ball that will see him take seventeen wickets in six matches, starting here with 3 for 14.

The Wenlock Arms comes up to Cambridge for a return fixture and are faced, in Lewis (44) and Day (51*), with a pair of batsmen near the top of their game as the Rad racks up another big score, then Haslemere takes a maiden five wickets for 9 as the Wenlock is dismissed for 123, eighty-eight runs short of their target.
A hastily re-convened fixture at Landbeach against Springfield C C sees Day (54) and Lewis (51) carrying on where they left off in the last match. Jim Downing takes 3 for 33 and Chris Woolf 2 for 22 in a comfortable victory.

The Veras match ends with a comfortable Rad victory. Vincent O'Shea scores 47 and Lawlor-Anderson, playing for Veras, takes 5 for 31, the highest haul in ten years in this fixture.

The Champ records the lowest ever score (50 all out) by either team in the King Street Trophy Match, after the Rad bowlers run riot. Haslemere takes a hat-trick in the first over, recording his one hundredth St Radegund wicket in the process. Burberry is no less inspired at the other end as the Champ is left reeling on 7 for 5. Grieveson chips in with a brace and Nick Day a single wicket before Haslemere completes his second five-for of the season. Only Dellar of the Champ escapes with dignity intact, scoring more than half his team's runs. The Rad makes up the deficit for the loss of three wickets.

The Rad is less dominant against The Free Press. Aspden leads the scoring with 30*, Downing and Chris Evans also contribute, but the innings lacks a big score to hold things together. Grieveson is the pick of the bowlers, but the attack struggles against resolute hitting from Justin Lee, who finishes the match with a flourish, hitting a six to win.

The last match of a long season is against the wandering side Jack Frost XI, in a fixture arranged by original Radegundian Edward Bates. It is Edward's son-in-law Alastair Crowhurst who earns the plaudits with an unbeaten 80 out of a score of 192. Haslemere signs off with 3 for 27 and his twenty-seventh wicket of the season. Lewis top scores with 21 as the Rad struggles to 82 all out against an accomplished bowling attack.

 


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