Herts Cricket League: Much better from Potters Bar against Totteridge Millhillians but they fall agonisingly short in semi-final
PUBLISHED: 13:17 10 September 2018
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Potters Bar wanted a better performance against Totteridge Millhillians this week and they got it – but it still left them agonisingly short of victory.
Bar had hosted the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket league Premier Division winners on the final day of the regular season and suffered a nine-wicket loss.
But there was never any danger of the play-off semi-final going the same way and what actually followed was a tight, nervy and competitive fixture.
Totteridge won the toss and put Bar in on a poor-looking surface where variable bounce would be a real test for the batters.
And they didn’t get off to a great start, losing Kamran Younas and Charlie Scott with just 14 on the board.
Steve Gale and Pat Scott got them back to calmer waters but they lost the former for 31 and when Scott was caught for 64, Bar were 119-5.
That tumbled to 140-7 with Zawar Hussain and Thilan Walallawita went but a spell of defiance from Luke Chapman (30) and Jigar Mehta (36) put on a season’s best 58 for the eighth wicket and it helped them eventually to a total of 219.
The pair were also in good form with the ball but hindsight will say that the game-winning knock came early in the hosts’ reply.
The prolific pairing of skipper Ben Howgego and Jon Miles made 86 before Bar got a deserved wicket, Chapman bowling the latter for 44.
That brought Northants’ Adam Rossington to the crease and with Howgego they added another 50 before Chapman had him caught on 23.
Howgego departed five runs later, caught by Callum Baylis for Chapman’s third wicket, having made 59 and Potters sensed a change in the wind.
They put the pressure on and it forced Steve Selwood and overseas pro Fraser Colson to bat sensibly but Bar kept chipping away.
Mehta got his first wicket when he had Selwood caught by Scott on 25 and then trapped Shaun O’Brien leg before on seven.
And when Simon Webster was bowled next ball, the hosts still needed 28 off 48 deliveries.
But they managed to play some decent shots and scampered home with 15 balls remaining.
Chapman took 3-45 by the end and Mehta 3-44 but Bar can look back on a positive season.
They finished fourth in the league, their highest place since the inception of the league and were also Herts T20 champions.
A bit more consistency next season could be all that is needed for them to go even better.