Opening day defeat for Potters Bar against Harpenden

PUBLISHED: 09:10 21 May 2013 | UPDATED: 09:10 21 May 2013

Sal Choudhry's delivery clips the top of Jimmy Latham's off stump

Sal Choudhry's delivery clips the top of Jimmy Latham's off stump


POTTERS Bar went into the season with little to no pre-season practice, severe lack of belief and availability and this shone through as they proved little match for Harpenden.

On a well grassed pitch, overcast day, a swing bowlers dream conditions, Bar lost a crucial toss and were put in.

The hosts opening bowlers Joe Peck and Will Jones tore into the understrength Bar side’s batting line up.

Bar crawled into double figures before the carnage began as Pete Sogbodjor edged a corking delivery from Peck for two and when Dave Breeze was bowled by a pearler from Will Jones Bar were 13-2.

Tanny Sikandar, who avoided a first baller as he was dropped at cover, offered no shot and was adjudged leg before for two and when overseas starlet Jomel Warrican edged, he was brilliantly caught low down by ex-Bar player Dan Blacktopp for a first ball duck.

The score of 14-4 was soon 20-5 as Chris Swainland was given out leg before for two.

A brief respite saw the total rise to 28 before another clatter of wickets arrived, all of them clean bowled.

Dan Pett perished for five and Ben Taylor, Thilan Walallawita, Sal Choudhry and Dave Pett all went for ducks leaving Bar 34 all out inside 20 overs, breaking their record for their previous lowest score of 66 against Radlett in 2006.

Harpenden needed just 35 to win, but soon found themselves 12-3.

Choudhry deflected a return catch chance onto the stumps leaving Gregg Cooper run out without facing a ball, Blacktopp edged to second slip and James Latham was bowled by Choudhry for a duck leaving the hosts a little nervy.

Alas Ben Frazer came in and played his shots from ball one and finished 19 not out to hand Harpenden the easiest of opening day wins and leaving Bar licking their wounds and looking anything but a Premier League club.

However, with half of your team missing for one reason or another it’s hardly surprising.

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