Gallery: Walker steers Bar home against St Albans

PUBLISHED: 19:02 29 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:40 26 October 2009

Nick Walker bowling for Potters Bar

Nick Walker bowling for Potters Bar

St Albans 227-7 Potters Bar 230-6 POTTERS Bar enjoyed a four-wicket victory in a friendly against St Albans on Saturday with new signing Nick Walker on show for the first time. Bar captain Len Cooper led by example as he top scored with the bat for his s

St Albans batting at Potters Bar

St Albans 227-7 Potters Bar 230-6

POTTERS Bar enjoyed a four-wicket victory in a friendly against St Albans on Saturday with new signing Nick Walker on show for the first time.

Bar captain Len Cooper led by example as he top scored with the bat for his side with 60 runs, while ex-Derbyshire and Leicestershire pro Walker hit 50 not out.

The Herts Division One visitors won the toss and elected to bat in the sunshine.

After a steady start, St Albans lost their first wicket.

Walker claimed his first scalp of the campaign as he had McKinlay plumb in front for 13 with the score on 35.

The Clarence Park club's 50 came up in the 15th over and a decent total looked on the cards.

That was until they lost South African Eames for 40, Sharp for six and Howeson for a duck, and they had slumped from 64-1 to 74-4 with nearly half of the overs bowled.

There was a spell of 2-5 from five overs from Bar skipper Cooper as he produced prodigious swing.

Alas this was soon halted as Alan Jones set about the Bar attack with a whole host of boundaries to put The Walk club on the back foot.

He took Cooper's sixth and final over for 20 as St Albans came out of their shell.

Jones and Australian Goodwin put on a 50 partnership in just 39 balls as the scoreboard started to rattle up a sizeable total.

Goodwin went for 22 as he was caught sharply at short extra cover by Tom Coughlan off the off-breaks of Dean Dass.

It was Dass again who removed the dangerous Jones for 66 as he top edged to point, where Walker took a catch.

The baton was taken up by Martin Jones, the visitors' skipper, and he batted well, manipulated the strike and saw the 200 come up in the 43rd over.

Walker removed Vijender with the first ball of his ninth over by yorking him in impressive fashion.

Although Fogarty made 15 from just nine balls and Jones an unbeaten 40 from 45 deliveries, Bar had restricted the visitors to 227 from their 45 overs.

A rate of 5.07 runs per over was the target and Bar made a poor start.

Steve Gale was caught on the crease third ball up and went for a duck.

This brought skipper Cooper to the wicket looking to get a good bat under his belt before the start of the season.

Both he and Tom Coughlan batted well and put the bad ball away in fine fashion.

In no time at all the boys had put on 50 for the second wicket off just 62 balls.

The stand came up in the 11th over as overseas player Goodwin saw three fours disappear off to the fence in one over, all from the middle of Coughlan's bat.

St Albans then wisely started to take the pace off the ball.

It was clear to see Bar were struggling against this.

Coughlan was lost for 37 as he was leg before trying to winkle an arm ball off middle stump.

At 76-2, Dean Dass came to the wicket. He and Cooper soon started to up the run rate a little.

Cooper completed his 50 in 69 balls and had started to find the touch that had eluded him for so much of last season.

But he departed for a fine 60 off of 78 balls as he picked out deep mid-wicket and Bar were 123-3 and the equation was down to 105 to win from 109 balls.

It should have been a cakewalk but to be fair to the visitors, they made Bar work hard and bowled excellently in the middle part of the innings.

Walker came in and looked to be positive from the start.

Dass started to struggle as he made just nine runs in 30 balls and this was when he appeared well set on 25.

It didn't come as a surprise when he succumbed for 38 as he shuffled in front of a straight one from Goodwin.

Bar did not have a lot left in the hutch with four down for 174 and still wanted 54 to win from 44 balls.

Thankfully for them Walker was well set, but had been starved of the strike.

Dave Breeze entered at six but soon departed as he was bowled for just two and Bar were starting to look down the barrel at 177-5 with 39 balls left.

Walker, however, started to dominate and found great help from Guy Thatcher with nine from 12 balls and Michael John, who made a vital unbeaten 15 from 12 balls, including three trademark boundaries.

Walker brought the bacon home with a mighty blow for six over mid-off.

He had completed a fine 36-ball 50 and secured Bar a victory by four wickets.


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