Bar's winning streak comes to an end

PUBLISHED: 19:08 20 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:11 26 October 2009

Saracens Herts League Division Two Leverstock Green 250-6 Potters Bar 2nds 100-10 POTTERS Bar 2nds were walloped by 150 runs against Leverstock Green on Saturday. Having recorded two Herts League victories in their first two games, Bar were brought back

Saracens Herts League Division Two

Leverstock Green 250-6 Potters Bar 2nds 100-10

POTTERS Bar 2nds were walloped by 150 runs against Leverstock Green on Saturday.

Having recorded two Herts League victories in their first two games, Bar were brought back down to earth with a bump at the weekend.

They went into the clash full of confidence. However, injuries and midweek dropouts weakened the side's bowling attack.

When captain Greg Hodge won the toss for the third time in three attempts this season he immediately asked the opposition to bat first on a wet and overcast day.

The wicket was hard, but had a tinge of green.

Opening the bowling, brothers Charlie and Greg Hodge gave Leverstock Green's openers a thorough test.

Greg Hodge claimed the first wicket with the score on 20, knocking back a Green opener's off-stump with a ball that cut in off the seam.

Either side of a brief rain delay, Greg had Green's other opener dropped twice, in a display of fielding that was unfortunately going to set the tone for The Walk club's second string.

The wet outfield made bowling difficult. However, Hodge still managed to bowl Green's classy overseas wicketkeeper-batsman and when Boyce took two wickets in an over, Leverstock were struggling at 45-4.

What was to follow was a match-winning innings from one of three Australians in Leverstock's ranks.

Having recently joined from Bushey, Mike Foley made a chanceless century.

David Coulshed also battled away for 45 in a 140-run fifth wicket stand.

Towards the end Bar picked up three more wickets, but couldn't prevent Leverstock from reaching a mammoth 250.

Bar's fielding was poor throughout and whilst their bowling attack was depleted by midweek dropouts, they should have capitalised on their strong position.

Heavy rain at the tea interval delayed the restart by over an hour, meaning Bar had just 32 overs to chase the 250 runs required to win.

They basically had no chance of recording a significant points haul if they did not.

Indian overseas Aditya Mehta played carelessly for a quickfire 16 and was out caught behind in the sixth over.

Tom Coughlan joined Mike Palmer at the crease and took Bar's innings to 58-1 inside 12 overs.

Looking reasonably comfortable at this stage, Bar managed to collapse in the next 20 overs, allowing themselves to be bowled out for a meagre 100 runs.

Only Palmer, Coughlan and Matt Evans put up any kind of resistance as Bar's batsman carelessly gave away their wickets against fairly average bowling.

Captain Greg Hodge gave a frank and honest response to the defeat.

He said: "Although we got the wrong end of the weather, there is no way we should have been bowled out that easily.

"In the field we threw away a very good position and it is disappointing to come away with just two points."

Having had a good start to the season with two wins, Hodge felt his side may have been too confident.

He added: "After two wins perhaps we were a bit complacent and this is the wake-up call we needed.

"With a few players back available I expect the boys to come out fighting next week."

Bar will host Ampthill Town 1st XI at The Walk on Saturday.


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