Gallery: Bar's all-round show stuns Northwood
PUBLISHED: 12:26 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:46 26 October 2009
Saracens Herts League Division Two Northwood 167-10 Potters Bar 2nds 171-5 AN excellent team performance brought Potters Bar s 2nd XI an impressive five-wicket victory over Northwood on Saturday. Potters Bar bowled Northwood out for 167 and then
Saracens Herts League Division Two
Northwood 167-10 Potters Bar 2nds 171-5
AN excellent team performance brought Potters Bar's 2nd XI an impressive five-wicket victory over Northwood on Saturday.
Potters Bar bowled Northwood out for 167 and then took just 32 overs to race to their second successive Saracens Herts League Division Two triumph of the season.
Skipper Greg Hodge won the toss on a hot and sunny day at The Walk and asked the visitors to bat first on a drying wicket that played well throughout the afternoon.
Hodge opened the bowling, along with younger brother Charlie, and the pair put in a decent opening burst in tough conditions.
The Bar captain then turned to the experienced pair of Michael John and Chris Boyce.
They used all of their experience in tying down the well set opening batsmen and the vital breakthrough was made when Dave Breeze took a quite amazing one-handed diving catch at gully when the score had reached 50.
The pressure then started building on the visitors' batting and when Boyce followed up to remove the number three batsman lbw the game began to swing into the home side's favour.
Captain Hodge reacted by introducing the twin spin attack of Adjytka Mehta and Luke Owers, who both bowled beautifully.
The spinners were backed up by some more excellent catching in the outfield, most notably by Matt Evans, who took a couple of beauties.
The pressure was now right on the batters, who struggled to gain any sort of momentum against some good quality bowling.
Owers bowled his 14 overs of off-breaks, taking three wickets in the process for 35 runs.
And when Mehta clean bowled the number 11, he had notched his first five-wicket haul of the season to see the visitors tumble to 167 all out in the 50th over of the innings.
Bar's strong batting line-up fancied their chances of chasing a total of 168 to win.
The key to the run chase was a good start and this was duly made by the openers.
Five-wicket hero Mehta and wicketkeeper Dave Rock opened the innings by playing some fine shots from the very start.
Rock was the first to go when he was caught in the covers, but the momentum of the innings was kept up by Mehta and number three batsman Dave Pett.
The pair put on 68 for the second wicket before Mehta was caught at mid-off immediately after the drinks break for a well made 35.
Pett was joined by Dean Dass, who straight away took up the mantle of chasing victory, hitting a four and a six off of the first five balls he faced.
Former skipper Pett was next to go for 45, an innings that included nine boundaries, including one six, before he was slightly unlucky to play on.
However, there were vital contributions to follow from Breeze and Charlie Hodge that ensured there were to be no major scares as the winning line got closer.
Dass played very nicely in finishing 35 not out.
His innings included three towering sixes and victory was sealed when Hodge hit the winning boundary with no less than 17 overs to spare.
Skipper Hodge was a pleased man as he headed to the beaches of Costa del Sol for five days in the sun.
He said: "It was a great all-round performance by the team, two wins from two games is a great start to the season.
"We have a tough fixture next week away to Leverstock Green but I am confident we can put up a strong show once again in the hope of maintaining the excellent early season form we have shown so far.
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