Opening win for new skipper Raisborough
PUBLISHED: 11:41 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:28 26 October 2009
Saracens Herts League Division Six Watford Town 2nds 166 all out Potters Bar 3rds 167-6 POTTERS Bar 3rds opened their Herts Division Six league campaign with a four- wicket win at last season s strugglers Watford Town 2nds. New captain and Bar stalwart
Saracens Herts League Division Six
Watford Town 2nds 166 all out Potters Bar 3rds 167-6
POTTERS Bar 3rds opened their Herts Division Six league campaign with a four- wicket win at last season's strugglers Watford Town 2nds.
New captain and Bar stalwart Neil Raisborough lost the toss and his side were invited to field first.
The opening bowlers, Rupert Pyrah and promising colt Alex Whitehouse, bowled a tight line on a damp wicket as Watford struggled early on.
However, last season's frailties in the field reappeared as Watford took advantage of dropped catches to accelerate the run rate.
Watford captain Hameed was missed three times and as he grew in confidence, he began to pepper the leg-side boundary.
At 146-4 with 20 overs to go, Potters Bar faced a target of over 200.
But a smart stumping by wicketkeeper Steve Moore off the tiring Raisborough sent Hameed on his way for 98.
This exposed a weak tail and the last six wickets fell for 20 runs as Watford subsided to 166 all out at the end of the 50th over.
Pyrah was the pick of the bowlers with 4-39 off 14 overs, while Raisborough supported with 2-25.
The Potters Bar reply got off to a fine start as veteran opener Rob Daley blasted a quickfire 50.
The fall of Daley with the score on 80 precipitated Potters Bar's own batting collapse.
Manzoor Ali took four wickets as Bar's upper order contrived to get themselves out, and at 122-6 the clear favourites were Watford Town.
Kiwi import Hayden Rogers was then joined by Whitehouse and the two of them batted sensibly to take the game away from Watford.
They shared an unbeaten stand of 45 as Potters Bar ran out victors by four wickets.
Rogers finished with 27 not out and Whitehouse was unbeaten on 15.
Next Saturday Bar entertain last season's Division Seven champions Met Police Bushey.
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