Gallery: Poor batting display lets Potters Bar down against Northwood

PUBLISHED: 12:37 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:25 26 October 2009

Alex Whitehouse opened the bowling against Northwood Town

Alex Whitehouse opened the bowling against Northwood Town

Saracens Herts League Division Two Northwood Town 200-6 Potters Bar 2nds 145-10 A POOR batting performance let Potters Bar 2nds down again as they slumped to defeat against Northwood Town on Saturday. The result sees them stranded in mid-table in Divisio

Alex Whitehouse bowling for Potters Bar 2nds

Saracens Herts League Division Two

Northwood Town 200-6 Potters Bar 2nds 145-10

A POOR batting performance let Potters Bar 2nds down again as they slumped to defeat against Northwood Town on Saturday.

Potters Bar bowler Mark Taylor in action

The result sees them stranded in mid-table in Division Two of the Saracens Herts Cricket League, and quite possibly nervously looking over their shoulders.

Skipper Greg Hodge lost the toss and was asked to bowl first on a green but hard wicket at The Walk.

Youngster Alex Whitehouse and veteran Mark Taylor opened the bowling and it was Taylor that made the breakthrough, removing Town's skipper Raj Ahluwalia lbw in the 10th over.

Captain Hodge replaced Whitehouse and bowled four overs without taking a wicket.

Mark Taylor

Dan Brown and Taylor then kept things tight in the middle of the innings, with Taylor picking up a second wicket.

With 10 overs to go, Northwood Town were 120-2, and with wickets in hand the slog was on.

Off-spinner Luke Owers was to take the brunt of Town's late charge with his nine overs costing more than 60 runs.

Taylor managed to keep things tight and recorded figures of 4-65 from 26 overs. However, Northwood reached a credible 200-6.

Bar's innings got off to a slow start in reply with Northwood Town's impressive bowling attack beating the outside edge with regularity.

Opener Coughlan's innings came to an end when he was out caught behind.

He was quickly followed in the hutch by his partner Palmer and Taylor.

At 40-3, Bar were in serious trouble and a good partnership was needed.

Matt Evans and Dean Dass rebuilt Bar's innings and when they took 28 off two overs the hosts needed 120 from the last 20 overs for victory.

However, Dass ran himself out for a well made 32 and Potters Bar never recovered.

Dave Pett was out for four and number six Alex Robinson didn't last much longer.

Evans batted in defiance but in a bid to gain some batting points was caught at mid-off.

Youngster Dan Brown again showed the upper order how to find the boundary and struck an unbeaten 26 as Bar slumped to 145 all out.

Commenting on the result, skipper Greg Hodge said: "We let things slip at the end of their innings and never gained the momentum back.

"Town's bowling attack is better than some I have seen in the Premier league, but that is no excuse for our batting performance.

"Hopefully we can get a win in the next few weeks so we don't have to endure a nervous end to the season."

Next up for the 2nds is a trip to Flitwick on Saturday in what will prove to be a tough game.

Flitwick's game at home to Preston last Saturday was cancelled, so they will be eager to get back to a winning performance.

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