Gallery: Potters Bar Walker all over poor Hertford

PUBLISHED: 19:13 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:01 26 October 2009

Nick Walker hitting out against Hertford

Nick Walker hitting out against Hertford

Home Counties Premier League Division Two East Potters Bar 276-6 Hertford 60-10 POTTERS Bar moved to within a win of the league title as they thrashed relegation threatened Hertford by 216 runs on Saturday. Ironically, Bar s top performer against Hertfor

Potters Bar add more runs to their total at Balls Park

Home Counties Premier League Division Two East

Potters Bar 276-6 Hertford 60-10

POTTERS Bar moved to within a win of the league title as they thrashed relegation threatened Hertford by 216 runs on Saturday.

Potters Bar batting at Hertford

Ironically, Bar's top performer against Hertford at Balls Park was Nick Walker, who has recently become the county town's Football Club chairman.

The former Leicestershire player made 73 and took 5-30.

Hertford needed a positive result and strangely elected to field on a wicket which would turn square second up.

In the end, as a result of their negative outlook on the game, they got just two points, which pushed them closer to the trapdoor.

So losing the toss again, Bar had to do it the hard way by bowling a side out for the fourth time around, but first they had to put on a match-winning score.

Openers Steve Gale and Chris Stead wasted no time and soon had the newly-installed electronic scoreboard at Hertford clicking into overdrive.

Gale and Stead's 50 partnership arrived in just 67 balls as the hosts were starting to employ negative field settings to try and put a halt on the imposing start.

The first 20 overs saw Bar sat on 84-0 and looking for a total to come in after 50 overs was certainly on the cards.

However, eight balls later Bar lost their first wicket.

Gale was undone by a full ball which crashed onto the top of middle stump. Stead went for 37 as he played all around a straight full delivery from Scott Ruskin and Bar were 117-2.

Lanka de Silva didn't last long as he was undone by a ball which turned and gripped on the surface.

He top edged a dolly catch to the keeper, again off Ruskin, for 19 and Potters Bar were 124-3.

This brought skipper Len Cooper to the wicket to join Nick Walker, who was looking in imperious form.

The pair took the score through to 166-3 from 37 overs at lunch.

After the break, Walker saw a chance to free his arms and go for it and cleared the boundary with relative ease almost at will.

The pair completed the second 50 stand of the innings in just 61 balls but Bar did lose Cooper bowled for 23 by Ruskin.

Walker brought up his third 50 of the season in just 37 balls.

He eventually went clean bowled by Slater for a 48-ball 73.

When Jared Norman went caught at deep mid-wicket for 20, Bar were 245-6.

This then brought Dave Breeze and Adam Norman to the wicket and they blasted 31 runs in 20 balls.

Cooper declared eight overs early with 276 on the board, setting the hosts 277 to win in a minimum 58 overs.

Hertford didn't look like making the total and it wasn't long before the wickets started to tumble.

Steve Riddle wafted meekly at a wide one from Walker and edged through to keeper de Silva for six and the hosts were 8-1 after three overs.

The now rampaging Walker's next over saw a bizarre game plan by Hertford number three Josh Tooth.

He deposited Walker for a four and a six much to the fielders' amusement.

Tooth's lack of technique was shown two balls later as Walker dislodged his middle stump.

Two balls after that, Anderson's off stump was rearranged as Bar were all over the hosts.

It was soon 28-4 as skipper Ruskin fell lbw for a six-ball duck.

Paul McGee got in on the act as he had Richard Cordingley caught at bat pad for one to make it 37-5.

Capping an excellent display, Walker bowled Tom Bancroft for a resolute 17 from 39 balls.

Walker was taken out of the attack and his 5-30 from 10 overs had put Bar well on the way to a handsome win and an 11th league victory of the season.

McGee had Mohammed caught at silly point for two, leaving the hosts 40-7.

Salim Hussain got in the act, catching Slater as he skied one to him at mid-off for six.

He then removed Will Bancroft bowled for 12 and then had number 11 Beskeen lbw for one.

This left the hosts all out for a pathetic 60 in just 25 overs.

Of the bowlers, Walker took 5-30, McGee 3-25 and Hussain 2-5.

Bar, thanks to Bishop's Stortford being unable to beat Hemel Hempstead, are 23 points clear at the table top.

They need to gain three more points than Stortford at the weekend to clinch the title and promotion back to HCPL Division One.

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