This years final saw a repeat of last years, with the two strongest teams in the league again making it comfortably into the final. In overcast conditions, Old Albanians won the toss and put Radlett into bat. Radlett started positively, but then lost an early wicket. For the next ten overs, Radlett batted sensibly against some very tight bowling from Old Albanians and were lucky not to have lost more wickets. After three retirements, Old Albanians removed two more wickets before the depth in Radlett’s batting began to reap rewards as three more players amassed close to the retirement score. Radlett eventually finished their 20 overs having reached an impressive 168-3.
Undeterred, Old Albanians immediately set about chasing down the Radlett total with both opening batsmen seeing off the Radlett pace bowlers to reach 56-0 off just six overs. The match was for either team to win. Then two incidents occurred which determined the outcome. Firstly, a beautifully struck ball to the boundary was collected by the Radlett sweeper and thrown 60m+ straight into the gloves of the wicket keeper for an unexpected run out. Secondly, light rain fell. The Radlett captain immediately, switched the bowling attack to spin and for the next 12 overs, Old Albanians struggled to make boundaries and in an effort to keep pace with the required run rate, took chances which inevitably led to an unusual number of run-outs. Old Albanians eventually finished on 105-9.