Gallery: Bar get home to beat Watford at The Walk
PUBLISHED: 18:22 30 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:50 26 October 2009
Saracens Herts League Division Two Watford Town 164-10 Potters Bar 2nds 166-7 POTTERS Bar s 2nd XI recorded their fourth win of the season on Saturday when they beat Watford Town at The Walk. Greg Hodge s side skittled the visitors for 164 in the 51st o
Saracens Herts League Division Two Watford Town 164-10 Potters Bar 2nds 166-7
POTTERS Bar's 2nd XI recorded their fourth win of the season on Saturday when they beat Watford Town at The Walk.
Greg Hodge's side skittled the visitors for 164 in the 51st over and knocked off the runs for the loss of seven wickets to claim maximum Saracens Herts League Division Two points.
Watford won the toss and elected to bat first on a flat wicket that looked to be full of runs.
However, Town found runs hard to come by early on as opening bowlers Boyce and Colquhoun kept things tight.
Colquhoun got the breakthrough when Watford's opener edged behind to stand-in keeper Matt Evans for a duck.
Skipper Hodge replaced Colquhoun at the Tesco end and bowled five rather expensive overs, but did manage to remove Town's Indian overseas player. Mark Taylor started another marathon spell at the other end that was to see him pick up four wickets from 19 economical overs.
Luke Owers replaced Hodge and he also bowled though the innings for the return of four wickets.
Surprisingly all of Owers' wickets were caught at point by youngster Tom Pett, as a mixture of good bowling and poor shot selection led to Watford's downfall.
Bar bowled and fielded very well and were delighted when they dismissed Town for a below par 164.
A total of 165 to win from 49 overs on a flat deck was the ideal tonic Bar needed after a recent barren run.
In true Potters Bar style, things didn't go smoothly.
Tom Pett fell first ball to a good delivery that came through quicker than expected and when Mike Palmer was forced to retire hurt in the sixth over, Bar were effectively 12-2.
Dave Pett put his stamp on the game with some trademark pull shots.
Taylor also clubbed a couple of boundaries before falling lbw attempting a sweep shot.
Number five Owers never looked settled and his departure was followed by that of Matt Evans without scoring and Dave Pett for a well-crafted 42.
At 80-5 and with Palmer unlikely to bat again, Bar needed a good partnership from their sixth wicket pairing of Aditya Sheth and Dan Brown.
The two didn't disappoint and batted sensibly during a 72-run stand, mixing intelligent running with some lusty blows. When both fell in quick succession, Bar needed just 12 runs for victory.
Palmer resumed his innings with a runner and alongside skipper Hodge saw the game home.