Potters Bar ease their league woes with Twenty20 cup success

PUBLISHED: 11:38 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:38 17 May 2018

Steve Gale hit 54 for Potters Bar in their Twenty20 win against Harpenden. Picture: KARYN HADDON

Steve Gale hit 54 for Potters Bar in their Twenty20 win against Harpenden. Picture: KARYN HADDON

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Potters Bar’s league season may be fighting a losing battle with water so far this year but the club have enjoyed better fortune in the cup.

The Walk-based cricket club’s first Saracens Herts Cricket League Premier Division game against Harpenden last week was cancelled without a ball being bowled thanks to a wet outfield.

They had hoped for better luck when they travelled to Hertford on Saturday but after 22 overs the game was abandoned due to heavy and consistent rain.

But to the delight of the Bar players Sunday was dry and sunny and not only did they get Group B matches in the Readers Herts 20/20 Cup played, they also beat both Harpenden and Hoddesdon to reach the finals day.

It is the second year in a row they have reached the short-format showpiece.

James Scott was the first to go in the semi after getting to 13 but a determined Steve Gale smashed 54 from 53 balls, including three sixes and two fours, before he was bowled with Bar on 105-2.

Kamran Younas (39) had come in to partner him and he was the only other wicket Harpenden got as Zawar Hussain (29*) and Harrison Palmer (13*) saw Potters Bar to the close with 161-3.

Harpenden’s reply looked to be moving along quite nicely under the stewardship of openers Gregg Cooper and Scott Galloway before the latter fell with the score on 38.

Cooper followed him 11 runs later, the first of three wickets to go without a run being added.

James Latham was proving the sticking point for Potters Bar and with his help Harpenden moved the score on.

But Jigar Mehta was the man to get the breakthrough, trapping him lbw and leaving the visitors on 117-8.

His wicket fell in the middle of a superb spell for Bar who took the final five wickets for the loss of just seven runs.

It left Harpenden all out for 122.

Younas was the main star of the bowling attack, finishing on 4-8, ably assisted by Scott (2-24), Mehta (2-31) and James Ilott (2-35).

The final saw Bar set a target of 142-8 in similar style to their win over Harpenden.

And a tremendous opening spell with the ball, where they reduced Hoddesdon to 11-4, set them well on their way, with the visitors finally all out for 80.

Potters Bar will be joined at the finals day on July 8 by WGC, Hemel Hempstead and Bishop’s Stortford.

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