Improved showing for Potters Bar in home loss to Tring Park
PUBLISHED: 08:47 23 May 2013
POTTERS Bar put in a far better performance from their opening effort of the season but came up short against Tring Park on Saturday.
On losing the toss on another overcast and seam bowlers dream morning, Bar were soon one down as Tom Coughlan was undone by one that straightened a touch to leave Bar 3-1 in the first over.
This brought Tanweer Sikandar to the wicket and he and Dave Breeze slowly repaired the damage after that early loss.
At the end of the powerplay overs Bar were 34-1 and had equalled last week’s effort.
After that session ended, Bar played with more freedom and the pair were shaking hands on their 50 partnership in 84 balls and soon after Breeze brought up a well deserved 50 from 72 balls, hitting eight fours in the process.
The 100 came up at the end of the 26th over, but more importantly Bar still had wickets in the hutch.
The pair celebrated their 100 partnership which took 151 balls, but 19 balls later Breeze perished for 73 from 105 balls as he mistimed a drive and was well taken, low down.
Dan Pascoe and Tanweer Sikandar continued to up the tempo as they sped to a 50 partnership in 91 balls, with Sikandar bringing up his 50 in 72 balls, hitting two sixes and three fours and with eight overs left of the allocation Bar were 169-2.
Bar powered on as Tring constantly rang the changes and Pascoe and Sikandar brought up their 50 run partnership in 106 balls and this also saw Pascoe reach his 50 in 71 balls, hitting a six and three fours.
Sikandar perished for 81 and a bright and breezy nine from Jomel Warrican in five balls saw Bar finish on 239-4 from their 50 overs, with Pascoe 57 not out from 77 balls.
So it was at least something to bowl at, but Bar for whatever reason struggled early on with the swinging ball as Tring had strolled onto 10-0, all of them extras, bowling six wides in the process.
However, Tring lost talisman batter Keith Dutch who played on for a duck and this brought in ex-Leicestershire and Herts batter Will Jones.
He and Vinay Divisetty played within themselves early on, but the introduction of the slow left arm spin of Warrican and Pascoe kept them honest in their chase of 240.
It was Pascoe who got the breakthrough as he had Divisetty leg before for 16, leaving Tring 53-2.
However again, Tring batted well as pairs and in Jones had a player who was ever so slowly taking the game away from the Bar.
Jones completed his second successive 50 in 72 balls hitting seven boundaries as the score neared the 100 mark.
It was Ben Taylor who got the breakthrough as he got Tomlinson leg before for 12 which kept Bar in the hunt with the visitors 101-3 needing 139 to win from 151 balls.
Tring skipper Michael Payne was next in and he and Jones made batting look pretty easy if truth be told and they took the attack to Bar as for the first time in the day they looked short of belief.
However, the returned Warrican took his first wicket in Bar colours as he got a ball to bounce and turn and caught the edge of Jones’ bat and he was gone for 74.
Pritchard and Payne then flayed the Bar attack to all parts completing their 50 partnership in 62 balls and in the next over Payne brought up his 50 in 53 balls.
Bar got a much needed wicket as Sikandar threw down Pritchard’s stumps for 28 and when Payne had a heads gone moment and top edged to Pascoe off of Sal Choudhry for 60, Tring were still making heavy weather of it at 210-6, still needing 30 off 43 balls.
Pascoe had Dixon stumped leaving the visitors needing 16 off 20 balls. However some positive batting and a little luck meant Tring scampered over the line seven down with eight balls remaining which gave them the win.
For Bar there were a great number of positives from the game from a difficult start and despite the defeat, they can look to better results in due course.
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