Gallery & Slideshow: Rain stops play at The Walk

PUBLISHED: 17:33 20 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:12 26 October 2009

The players take shelter from the storm

The players take shelter from the storm

Home Counties Premier League Division Two (East) Stevenage 104-3 Potters Bar - match abandoned RAIN on Saturday ruined Potters Bar s chances of making it two league wins out of two. Following victory against Sawbridgeworth in their HCPL Division Two open

The covers come on before the match is abandoned

Home Counties Premier League Division Two (East)

Stevenage 104-3 Potters Bar - match abandoned

RAIN on Saturday ruined Potters Bar's chances of making it two league wins out of two.

Following victory against Sawbridgeworth in their HCPL Division Two opener, the hosts were hoping for another success at the weekend.

Bar entertained Stevenage at The Walk but the weather ended play prematurely with the visitors 104-3 after 29 overs.

With a much-changed side, due to illness and injury, stand-in skipper Nick Walker won the toss and inserted the visitors from North Herts.

On a wicket that was hard, had good bounce and a fair amount of pace to it, the opening bowling partnership of Walker and debutant Will van der Maat set about the Stevenage openers.

It wasn't long before Walker was in the wickets.

He forced a poor shot from Herts opener Gary Brown as he wafted meekly at a wide one and offered a regulation catch through to Guy Thatcher behind the stumps.

At 9-1, the tentative Ashley Bayes came to the crease.

Ex-Leicestershire bowler Walker gave him a lovely good morning as his first ball clunked him straight on the head and it ballooned off his helmet to be collected by the cover point fielder.

At the other end, new recruit Will van der Maat was taking to HCPL Division Two cricket like a duck to water.

In truth, the conditions probably would have seen some of our feathered friends before too long.

For a young man of just 16 years of age to bowl to Tanweer Sikander, who is one of the better batsmen in the league, and make him look nervous was testament to his opening spell.

Walker removed the dangerous Sikander with a fine piece of thinking and bowling.

The skipper enticed the shot, making the opener to top edge a bouncer which went straight down van der Maat's throat at long leg.

Before long, 32-2 was soon 37-3 as poor Bayes was put out of his misery. He was bowled for just six.

In his 29-ball stay he managed to put bat on ball just twice and get one on the canister.

This brought possibly Stevenage's best two players, Nasser Ahmed and Syed Ali-Kazmi, together.

They have arguably been the nemesis of Potters Bar's bowling for a good few seasons.

In deteriorating conditions, an early lunch was taken with the visitors 80-3 from 24.1 overs.

An hour delay saw the players return to the field but within 20 minutes they were back off again.

In this time Ahmed completed his 50 in just 66 balls.

As he did, the players again left the field as the rain was getting worse and they never came back on.

The game was abandoned at 3.35pm and left both sides disappointed to get just six points each.

Stevenage were well placed to get a decent score, but they didn't have a great deal left in the hutch.


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