Key victory for Potters Bar over Bishop’s Stortford
PUBLISHED: 12:44 20 August 2015 | UPDATED: 12:44 20 August 2015
Potters Bar eased any lingering fears of relegation with a superb victory over Bishop’s Stortford.
Bar batted first and found early joy.
The first came about in the 12th over as Thilan Walallawita got the prized scalp of home side skipper Eddie Ballard who picked out mid off and went for 20.
Reece Hussain and Matthew Rodgers struck up a 50-run partnership to help Stortford steady the ship.
The 100 came up just after the halfway stage but soon after Bar got the big wicket of Rodgers as Don Manuwelge got the ball to drift and beat the young Aussie’s outside edge to find off stump and he had gone for 42 as Stortford were 113-2 with a shade over 20 overs left of their allocation.
Dom Chatfield was next to go for 14 and then the dangerous Hussain was dismissed by Harrison Palmer for 74.
Chad Barrett and Tom Burslem got Stortford up to 233 before both went in three balls of each other and the innings closed on 234-8 from their 46 overs.
Usman Sahar took 3-32, Manuwelge 2-38 and Nick McLachlan 2-50.
Bar started poorly and at 14-4 they were in deep trouble. Palmer went for 0, James Scott (five), Pat Scott 0 and Manuwelge (two).
Worse was to follow as George Scott was adjudged LBW for 16 and Bar sat at 37-5 in the 10th over.
However, 15-year-old Charlie Scott was playing nicely and depositing anything in his half and McLachlan wasn’t going to go without a fight as Bar started to slowly repair the damage.
The pair reached the 50 partnership in 85 balls as the 100 neared and that eventually arrived in the 27th over but as Bar’s belief, grew the home side started to panic a little as the odd fielding mistake occured and the earlier buzz had now long gone.
Charlie Scott went for 52 with Bar on 123-6.
Adil Zareef now came to the wicket and the next 59 minutes was to be some of the most destructive, clean hitting Bar had seen.
Two sixes and two fours helped him raced to 33 in just 18 balls as Bar were 167-6, needing a further 68 from 60 balls and the game was now well and truly up for grabs.
McLachlan completed his third league 50 of the season in 90 balls and in the next over Adil Zareef completed his 50 in just 29 balls.
The winning runs deservedly were struck by Adil Zareef who ended 91 not out from just 45 balls. McLachlan who fought so hard ended 55 not out and the pair had put on an unbeaten 115 from just 82 balls to seal the victory.
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Welwyn Hatfield Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.