Gallery: Boyce is the star for Potters Bar 2nds with seven wickets

PUBLISHED: 10:37 27 May 2009 | UPDATED: 22:03 26 October 2009

23.5.2009 Potters Bar 2nds V Cockfosters
Oliver Coughlan in action during todays match

23.5.2009 Potters Bar 2nds V Cockfosters Oliver Coughlan in action during todays match

Saracens Herts League Division Two Potters Bar 2nds 192 Cockfosters 160 A DEPLETED Potters Bar 2nd XI humbled local rivals Cockfosters in Saturday s Saracens Herts Cricket League Division Two clash. And without doubt Chris Boyce was the star of the sho

23.5.2009 Potters Bar 2nds V Cockfosters
Oliver Coughlan in action during todays match

Saracens Herts League Division Two

Potters Bar 2nds 192 Cockfosters 160

A DEPLETED Potters Bar 2nd XI humbled local rivals Cockfosters in Saturday's Saracens Herts Cricket League Division Two clash.

23.5.2009 Potters Bar 2nds V Cockfosters
Oliver Coughlan and Adam Titmuss in action during todays match

And without doubt Chris Boyce was the star of the show scalping seven Cockfosters players.

With no fewer than five regular players unavailable Potters Bar skipper Greg Hodge lost the toss on was asked to bat first on a hard but green Walk wicket.

The extra grass on the pitch meant that there was extra carry and bounce, which is often missing on the batsman paradise that is The Walk wicket.

Tom Pett opened the batting with his uncle Dave and the pair put together a watchful partnership.

Tom was missed twice at slip as the pair added 40 for the first wicket. Eventually Tom fell for 25 bowled by a ball that seamed away.

Number three Tom Coughlan hit two boundaries but was caught behind for eight soon after, when Dave Pett fell for 31 caught on the boundary Bar were struggling a bit at 60-3.

Pett's wicket brought 16-year-old Adam Titmuss to the crease, who was making his second team debut.

Titmuss and Olly Coughlan got the scoreboard ticking, with Titmuss sweeping a six into the legside.

However Coughlan fell for 14 caught at cover off the bowling of Sayers.

The loss of Coughlan seemed to spark Titmuss into gear as he took advantage of some generous Cockfosters bowling.

Luke Owers played some nice shots, but fell for single figures.

Keeper Paul Martin came in at seven and played at his fluent best as he and Titmuss (46) took Bar to 166-5, with a big total looming.

Alas a typical Potters Bar collapsed followed and Bar were all out in the 49th over for 192.

Cockfosters were unsurprisingly pleased to wrap up the innings. However an unnecessary send off to Bar's number 10 Chris Boyce would come back to hurt them.

Boyce opened from the top end and bowled a spell of bowling that had to be seen to be believed.

Second ball of the innings saw Cockfosters' big-hitting opener Declan O'Leary lose his off stump for a duck.

Alex Whitehouse bowled the second over up the hill and fourth ball had veteran Duncan Elder caught at cover for another duck.

The third over of the innings and Boyce's second was the only over of his first eight that he didn't take a wicket, although he did have Cockfosters' captain dropped by wicketkeeper Martin.

Chris Stead got off the mark when facing Whitehouse, but the ex-Bar player was to fall to Boyce lbw for one.

Fisher then decided to take Whitehouse for 20 in an over as the game went into warp speed.

The fourth wicket came when Cockfosters number five drove Boyce to cover for a duck. Fisher continued his assault as he was dropped off the bowling of Hodge.

Bar had now put him down twice for his 30 runs.

But his luck was up as he edged Boyce to Martin for the fifth wicket of the match.

Fosters' number six seemed like he was in a hurry as he cut Boyce to gully for the evergreen seamer's fifth wicket.

And the fun didn't stop there as Cockfosters' keeper played a shot a ball until he was caught by Martin for 29 off Boyce.

James Stead went for single figures, he was caught at third slip by Hodge, off you guessed it Boyce!

After 15 overs the scoreboard read 73-8.

A ninth wicket stand of 40 started to frustrate Bar as Cockfosters lower order put some normality on the game.

The off spin of Tom Coughlan finally got the break through as Matt Stead was stumped for 26.

Mark Sayers hit some lusty blows from number 11 and managed to get Fosters into the batting points.

He eventually ran out of steam and was caught behind off Owers for 33.

Boyce finished with figures of 13 overs 7-30 in a brilliant spell of fast bowling.

After the game captain Greg Hodge commented: "I am delighted with the win, it was a bit of a whirlwind out there but Boycey has bowled beautifully.

"It was great to see a young side come together and Adam Titmuss' batting was obviously a highlight.

"We can't wait for next week now when we should be a hell of a lot stronger."

Hodge's outfit now have two wins and two losses from their opening four games of the Saracens Herts Cricket League Division Two campaign.

On Saturday Bar 2nds travel to take on bottom-of-the table Kings Langley.


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