Gallery: Potters Bar win again to keep up title chase
PUBLISHED: 17:21 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 26 October 2009
Home Counties Premier League Division Two Potters Bar 279-8 Langleybury 265-10 POTTERS Bar skipper Len Cooper smashed a half century to lead his side to a vital 14 run win against Langleybury on Saturday. Chris Stead opened up with ever present Steve Ga
Home Counties Premier League Division Two
Potters Bar 279-8 Langleybury 265-10
POTTERS Bar skipper Len Cooper smashed a half century to lead his side to a vital 14 run win against Langleybury on Saturday.
Chris Stead opened up with ever present Steve Gale as Bar looked to start positively in Division Two (East) of the HCPL.
But it didn't start too cleverly as Stead was cleaned up for four with the score on 14.
This brought Lanka de Silva to the wicket and with Steve Gale starting to hit his straps the rate increased.
Lanka de Silva went caught at a short mid-on position for nine and Nick Walker chopped on for 10 and 62-3 saw Len Cooper promote himself up the order.
The hundred was brought up in the 20th over and the signs for the relegation threatened visitors were looking ominous.
Steve Gale brought up his fifth 50 of the league campaign in 68 balls which contained nine top drawer boundaries as Bar took the game by the scruff of the neck.
The introduction of left arm seamer Steve Carter did nothing to boost the visitors tiring attack.
Skipper Cooper dispatched two more maximums in his first over to nudge the score up to 133-3 after 24 overs.
Disaster then struck as Steve Gale ran himself out for 60.
This saw Jared Norman come to the wicket.
Cooper brought up his first league 50 of the season in 52 balls, striking four sixes and three fours in an entertaining innings.
The 150 came up in the 30th over and it was a case of how many and how quickly Bar would get them before in the inevitable declaration.
In the last over before lunch, Bar lost skipper Len Cooper for 62 as he was caught at mid-on leaving the home side on 170-5.
David Breeze joined Jared Norman after lunch.
Breeze got carried away from the support from the outer as he went for a big shot too many and lost his middle stump for 18.
A 194-6 total from 37 overs saw Salim Hussain stride to the wicket and he and Jared Norman batted Bar into an unbeatable position.
The 200 came up in the 39th over as Salim struck a nice boundary through backward point.
Bar upped the rate as both batters took advantage of bowlers bowling both sides of the wicket and the runs came freely.
The 250 came up in the 46th over and the ensuing declaration was now imminent.
Jared Norman went for 47 as he was clean bowled.
Adam Norman came and went and Will van der Maat and Sal Hussain saw the total up to a formidable 279-8 from 49 overs.
Hussain ended unbeaten on 42 from just 33 balls which saw him blast four sixes and two fours.
So Langleybury were set 280 to win in a mammoth 61 overs at just a shade under 4.6 runs per over.
They started like a house on fire and found the bowling rather friendly.
However wickets weren't far from happening as the Bury skipper Gregg Cooper was put down in regulation manner by Steve Gale at square leg.
The 50 partnership arrived in just 46 balls which gave the visitors hope of getting somewhere close to bars imposing total.
However as predicted the wickets came.
Gregg Cooper (24) gave Steve Gale a chance to atone for his earlier drop which he took with ease and the score was 53-1.
Thirteen balls later it was 57-2 as Nick Walker was too good and too quick for Amin as he was caught and bowled for a duck
A three wicket burst in 28 balls saw Bar in the pound seats as Len Cooper accounted for Bashir for 11
Will Oxley went for 33 as he was well taken at slip by Jared Norman and when Kazmi was stumped off of the bowling of Paul McGee saw the relegation threatened side 79-5.
To their credit, considering they needed 201 to win from a maximum of 42 overs, Bury made Bar fight to the very end.
However Paul McGee was in splendid form, and he finished with figures of 4-92 as the visitors were all out for 265.
The result sees Potters Bar maintain top spot in Division Two of the HCPL, eight points clear of Bishop's Stortford.