Gallery: Jekyll and Hyde Bar mobbed by Ampthill

PUBLISHED: 17:37 27 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:59 26 October 2009

Potters Bar opener Mike Palmer batting against Ampthill

Potters Bar opener Mike Palmer batting against Ampthill

Saracens Herts League Division Two Potters Bar 2nds 198-8 Ampthill 200-3 HALF centuries from Aditya Mehta and Tom Coughlan on Saturday were not enough to stop Potters Bar 2nds losing their second consecutive league game. The Bar side fell to a five-wicke

Aditya Mehta scored a half century

Saracens Herts League Division Two

Potters Bar 2nds 198-8 Ampthill 200-3

HALF centuries from Aditya Mehta and Tom Coughlan on Saturday were not enough to stop Potters Bar 2nds losing their second consecutive league game.

Mike Palmer batting for Potters Bar 2nds

The Bar side fell to a five-wicket defeat at the hands of Ampthill after being beaten by Leverstock Green the weekend before.

Captain Greg Hodge made it four wins out of four at the toss and elected to bat first on a wicket that resembled the M1.

Potters Bar got off to a great start with openers Mike Palmer and Mehta batting freely at The Walk.

An opening stand of 80 was broken when left-arm spinner Phil Clark bowled Palmer for a well-crafted 38.

Clark was to be a thorn in Bar's side for the rest of their innings as he took 6-52 off 20 overs.

Opener Mehta and number three Tom Coughlan built on the opening stand.

Mehta passed 50 for the first time this season, only to be caught carelessly on the boundary the very next ball.

The seam bowling of Andrew Steele was proving very hostile for Coughlan, who was dropped at slip and played and missed throughout Steele's six-over spell.

Dave Pett, at four, played some nice shots, but in truth Bar's run rate slowed between the 30th and 42nd overs.

When Pett was dismissed for 21 from 24 balls, Bar were 150-3 with 11 overs left.

Bar's middle order tried to up the run rate, but Dan Brown, Charlie Hodge, Tom Pett and Dave Rock all went for single figures with three of the four of them out trying to sweep Clark.

Captain Greg Hodge tried to lift Bar over the 200 mark with a four needed off the last ball but could only manage two.

The 198 final tally was probably 30 runs short and Bar knew they would have to bowl and field well if they were to win.

Brothers Greg and Charlie Hodge took the new ball and it wasn't long before the breakthrough was made.

Skipper Hodge removed Gerhardus-Rupping for three.

A lost ball caused the game to degenerate into a farce for 20 minutes.

When play was resumed, Charlie Hodge removed the other opener S Morrall for 21, leaving Bar on top and Ampthill at 35-2.

The age old adage that catches win matches became clearly evident over the next 10 overs.

With Bar's triumphant first team now contributing to a swelling crowd, following a nine-wicket win over West Herts, the club's second string to decide to show their Hyde side, rather than their Jekyll persona.

Dave Gould, who was to make a match- winning 95 not out, was carelessly dropped off Greg Hodge when on 15.

A few overs later, Ampthill number four Barnes, who made 45, was dropped in the deep off Mehta.

Owers and Mehta were milked well by Gould and Barnes.

Only Chris Boyce offered any control in Bar's attack.

As the runs began to flow heads, started to go down and Bar's fielding became even worse.

A few more missed chances came and went, before Rock stumped Barnes off the bowling of Mehta.

Gould brought up the winning runs in the 45th over as Ampthill romped home with seven wickets in hand.

It was a disappointing defeat for Bar, who were looking well on top a quarter of the way into the game.

Skipper Hodge said: "This is a disappointing result, we probably should have scored another 30 runs, and our fielding wasn't great.

"However, we are a young side and hopefully can learn from this.

"Batting-wise the middle order need to look at their shot selection, but the opening stand was fantastic."

He added: "Next week we travel to Preston and I am sure we can put in a better performance.


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