Bar boys bounce back to winning ways
PUBLISHED: 13:24 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:22 26 October 2009
Saracens Herts League Division Two Preston 148-8 Potters Bar 2nds 149-8 POTTERS Bar s 2nd XI bounced back with a last-over victory against Preston on Saturday. Greg Hodge s side got back to winning ways in Herts Division Two thanks a classy innings from
Saracens Herts League Division Two
Preston 148-8 Potters Bar 2nds 149-8
POTTERS Bar's 2nd XI bounced back with a last-over victory against Preston on Saturday.
Greg Hodge's side got back to winning ways in Herts Division Two thanks a classy innings from 16-year-old Tom Pett and the coolness of 14-year-old James Scott.
Captain Hodge proved himself to be the best coin tosser in the county, calling right for the fifth time this season.
He elected to bowl first in overcast conditions on a juicy looking wicket.
Despite the conditions, neither Greg nor his brother Charlie were able to trouble Preston's openers, who put on a good opening stand of 60 runs.
The first maiden of the innings didn't come until the 15th over when James Scott, making his 2nd XI debut, bowled a lovely over of away swing.
Bar's first wicket came in the next over, with Mark Taylor removing Hearne for 20.
For the rest of the innings Preston were unable to put a decent partnership together.
Captain Ashley Catlin batted the entire innings for 92 not out.
However, none of his team-mates were able to stick with him.
Taylor bowled unchanged for 19 overs, picking up three wickets in the process, whilst Luke Owers plugged away at the other end for two scalps.
A couple of run outs and an excellent caught and bowled by Aditya Mehta restricted Preston to 148 off their 53 overs and gave Bar an excellent chance of victory.
Tom Pett opened the batting with Mike Palmer and both were quickly into their stride.
Pett looked particularly good off his legs and the pair put on 52 for the first wicket before Palmer was caught at cover point.
Bar's innings then seemed to follow a mirror image of Preston's, with nobody capable of putting together a decent partnership.
Sri Lankan Indika Samaraweera bowled unchanged from one end and was seemingly bowling Preston to an unlikely win.
However, with Bar struggling at 120-7, David Rock and Charles Hodge came together to put on the third highest partnership of the match and push Bar further towards the finish line.
With victory in Bar's grasp, Hodge was dismissed and this brought young James Scott to the crease.
Hitting his first ball for four through the vacant third man region, Scott proved to have an old head on young shoulders.
When Rock stole a single off the first ball of the final over the scores were level and it was left to Scott to strike the winning runs and complete a memorable debut.
Captain Greg Hodge was delighted with the victory, despite his team leaving it a little tight.
He said: "We always like to make it difficult for ourselves, but it is great to see young players performing well in this division against first team opposition.
"Our aim was to win three out of our first five games and we have achieved that.
"With availability looking strong next week, hopefully we can build on this with another victory.