Bar old boys play in same one-day series

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:14 26 October 2009

Kash Weeraratne batting for Potters Bar last summer

Kash Weeraratne batting for Potters Bar last summer

TWO cricketers who have shone for Potters Bar CC in recent years featured in the recent one-day series between Sri Lanka and the West Indies. Kash Weeraratne, who was The Walk club s overseas player for the past two seasons, played for Sri Lanka. Meanwhi

West Indian cricketer Patrick Browne playing for Potters Bar

TWO cricketers who have shone for Potters Bar CC in recent years featured in the recent one-day series between Sri Lanka and the West Indies.

Kash Weeraratne, who was The Walk club's overseas player for the past two seasons, played for Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, Barbadian wicketkeeper-batsman Patrick Browne, who played for Bar in the summer of 2004, took to the crease for the West Indies.

However, the two players' paths didn't cross, as Potters Bar scorer Mark Shepherd explained.

"They both played in the series but not at the same time, which is a shame," he said.

"Patrick played in the first one-dayer and made 15 from memory as the West Indies won a thrilling game by a wicket.

"He wasn't selected for the final two games, whereas Kash was."

Browne made his international debut earlier this year against South Africa in Port Elizabeth.

He made his first start on home soil at Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

He kept wicket, taking one catch, as Sri Lanka posted 235-7 off their 50 overs.

The former Potters Bar star came to the crease for the Windies at seven with the score on 169-5.

He hit 15 in a 32-run partnership with Chanderpaul before departing with the score on 201.

Browne was caught by Mendis at long-on off Dilshan's bowling.

Despite his departure, the West Indies eventually scrambled home by one wicket off the final ball.

The 26-year-old wicketkeeper didn't feature for the remainder of the series, denying Potters Bar the honour of having two international players on the pitch at the same time playing against each other.

Rain ruined the second ODI and the West Indies beat a Sri Lankan side containing Weeraratne by seven wickets via the Duckworth-Lewis method.

With the Sri Lankans batting slowly, Kash came to the crease as a pinch-hitter and made 15 from 20 balls before being caught by Dwayne Bravo off ex-Millhillians pace bowler Darren Sammy.

He then received a harsh and unfair assessment of his play from the Sky Sports pair of Colin Croft and Ian Ward, who called him little more than a number 11 bat.

Weeraratne made the commentary team eat their words with a sparkling knock in the final match of the series in St Lucia.

Batting at seven, Kash struck a quickfire 41 from just 33 balls.

He hit both Dwayne Bravo and Derren Powell for six and shared a sixth-wicket partnership of 79 from 57 balls with Tillekeratne Dilshan, which helped Sri Lanka rack up 257-8.

Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to bring the Sri Lankans victory in the day-night match at Beausejour Stadium in Gros Islet.

The rain duly ruined the West Indies' reply at 81-2 in the 19th over when the game was in the balance.

However, Kash has hopefully proved to the Sri Lankan selectors that he is worth persevering with and will be in the shake-up for the Asia Cup in June and the ICC Trophy in September, when amongst their opponents will be England.


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