Bar slide further into relegation mire with Sawbo loss

PUBLISHED: 16:35 04 August 2015 | UPDATED: 16:35 04 August 2015

Harrison Palmer keeps his eye on the ball

Harrison Palmer keeps his eye on the ball

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Potters Bar are now in a fight, albeit with five other sides to avoid the relegation play-off slot after a disappointing 65-run reverse at Town Fields.

On winning the toss, stand-in skipper James Scott had no hesitation in asking the hosts to bat first, fresh in the knowledge that every side winning at Sawbridgeworth had batted second.

After a quick start, Sawbo lost their first wicket as Charlie Rudkin was adjudged leg before for nine.

Out came captain Danny Wilson and he began drilling the ball to all four corners, building a good total with Gary Brown (26), before the latter was bowled by James Ilott.

Despite losing Joe Regan for four, again off Ilott, the home side held it together to get to lunch at 115-4.

After lunch, Dharmarajsinh Jhala went for a mediocre 13 and a bright and breezy innings from George Kenny (20) came to an end as he top edged and gave a return catch to Thilan Walallawita, who claimed his 50th Bar league wicket in the process.

At 157-6, Wilson completed his fourth half century of the season off 102 balls as he and Michael Burrell batted the hosts up to a par score. Wilson was bowled for 67 from 130 balls, hitting eight boundaries but Michael Burrell ushered the tail to 239 all out, finishing unbeaten on 38 from 56 balls hitting two sixes and three fours.

Bar needed 240 to win and on the cusp of tea, they looked in utter control. James Scott and Harrison Palmer batted nicely and looked in little trouble as they eased to a 50 partnership in 82 balls.

Two balls before the tea break, Bar lost James Scott to young Sawbo spinner Matt Billings for 41 and time was called for tea and Bar went into the break 61-1 after 16.5 overs.

First ball after tea, Charlie Scott was caught by Wilson off the bowling of Billings.

Six balls later, Don Manuwelge went back to another short ball from Billings and paid the price, becoming his third wicket.

Billings was on fire and accounted for Pat Scott (4). Shortly after Mohammed Adil Zareef lost his head and went for five as he holed out to short extra cover. At 73-5, Bar had lost 5-12 in just 28 balls.

Harrison Palmer and Nick McLachlan fought back and were soon shaking hands on a 71-ball 50 partnership.

The sixth wicket resistance was broken by Mofokeng as Palmer (44)was dismissed.

Then came the prized wicket of McLachlan who edged behind for 38.

Thilan Walallawita (0), Charlie Scutt (14) and Ilott followed as Bar’s tail was dismissed.

Potters Bar remain in the clutches of the relegation zone.


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