Bar make heavy weather of run chase

PUBLISHED: 13:53 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:54 26 October 2009

Michael John bowling for Potters Bar

Michael John bowling for Potters Bar

Saracens Herts League Division Two Luton Town & Indians 95-10 Potters Bar 2nds 96-8 POTTERS Bar 2nds got their league season off to an ideal start with victory over Luton Town & Indians, but it should have been more emphatic. Michael John took five wicke

Saracens Herts League Division Two

Luton Town & Indians 95-10 Potters Bar 2nds 96-8

POTTERS Bar 2nds got their league season off to an ideal start with victory over Luton Town & Indians, but it should have been more emphatic.

Michael John took five wickets as Bar skittled their Bedfordshire opponents for 95.

The Walk club won but lost eight wickets in reply reaching 96 for victory.

Bar won the toss and inserted the hosts. Skipper Greg Hodge and his brother Charlie took the new ball and it wasn't long before the decision proved to be the right one.

The breakthrough came as early as the third over as Trevedi was leg before for a duck.

For the Beds side, 3-1 was soon 14-2 as their keeper edged a regulation catch through to Steve Gale for six off the bowling of Charlie Hodge.

Still the wickets kept tumbling. Just three more runs had been added as Parsooth attempted a silly run and he was run out by a combination of Michael John's throw and a clean take from Gale.

Parsooth went for a duck and Luton were 17-3.

Still at the wicket was Jeremy Page, who started to find the boundary with some exquisite off drives.

However, he was getting little support at the other end and when Haroon top edged a swirling catch to Tom Pett for three, the hosts were in tatters at 31-4 after 14 overs.

Still Page played nicely but he was fifth to go to a juggled catch by the skipper off John's bowling.

Page departed for 31 from 75 balls and the Indians were 57-5.

The hosts then lost a clutch of wickets as A Dalvi went for 16 and H Patel a duck, both plumb in front to John.

Nesan Jeyaratnam provoked a horrible slog to clean up Modak for seven and Ahmed was snaffled at slip by Greg Hodge off John for four.

The hosts had gone from 60-5 to 78-9 in 27 balls.

John completed his first five-wicket haul of the season and finished with 5-33 from 10 overs.

After the average start, he bowled 5.2 overs and took 5-14.

A last-wicket partnership of 17 enabled Luton to lift their paltry total to 95 and it was ended in spectacular fashion as Charlie Hodge ran out captain D Patel with a direct hit after smart work at cover.

Bar required 96 to win in 67 overs on a wicket that was proving to be hard work.

Tom Pett and Addy Mehta opened up and a watchful start was soon ended as Pett edged to slip and Bar were 11-1.

Mehta was being extremely watchful and he soon paid the price as he was brilliantly caught at first slip for eight.

When Jeyaratnam edged behind for five, Bar were sweating at 21-3 and still needing 75 for the points.

A stand of 33 between Dave Breeze and Gale steadied the ship.

But the swift loss of Gale for five and David Pett for a duck playing no shot saw Bar slip to 55-5.

At the other end, Breeze was playing a lovely hand.

He was putting the bad balls away to the fence and looking to be positive at all times.

However, at the other end it was a long way away from positive batting.

Luke Owers went in meek fashion as he was excellently taken at slip for a 15-ball duck and when Breeze went for a 42-ball 39, Bar were 78-7 needing 18 more but panic was starting to appear.

Charlie Hodge and Dan Brown came to the rescue.

Although Hodge went with the scores level for 13, Brown finished the job.

His clip off the legs into the vacant mid-wicket area secured an opening two-wicket win.


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