Poor weather fails to stop Bar winning

PUBLISHED: 13:32 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 26 October 2009

Steve Gale batting

Steve Gale batting

Potters Bar 259-8 Cockfosters 229 all out POTTERS Bar s cricket team hosted Cockfosters in a friendly on a bitterly cold afternoon at The Walk. Bar won the toss and elected to bat and new signing from Hatfield, Steve Gale, started well as he found the b

Steve Gale

Potters Bar 259-8 Cockfosters 229 all out

POTTERS Bar's cricket team hosted Cockfosters in a friendly on a bitterly cold afternoon at The Walk.

Bar won the toss and elected to bat and new signing from Hatfield, Steve Gale, started well as he found the boundary on numerous occasions with an array of cuts and pulls on a slow pitch.

Unfortunately, Mike Palmer succumbed early on leg before for 13, which brought in Dean Dass.

With the score at 49-1 in the 11th of a 45-over per side contest, Bar had started well.

Gale perished as the ball found a gap between bat and pad and he departed for a 58-ball 56, which contained two sixes and eight fours.

Bar's 78-2 soon became 80-3 as Herts player and skipper Lenny Cooper was clean bowled for one, which then brought the returning Tom Coughlan to the wicket.

It wasn't long before Tom and Dean soon started to tuck into the bowling on show.

A flurry of boundaries followed as the two batters put on the 50 partnership in 56 balls and soon after Dass completed his half century off of 69 balls.

Twenty-four runs came from the next over and the pair had completed the first century stand of the season in just 102 balls.

Dass finally went for one big blow too many as he was well taken at long-on and Bar were now on 209-4 with 40 balls left of the innings.

Dass made 83 from 79 balls, in an innings that contained six sixes and eight fours.

Still though Tommy Coughlan motored on and he completed his 50 in 62 balls.

However, with time running out, Bar lost wickets and Luke Owers went for 13 and Tom Coughlan departed three balls later after notching up 67.

Guy Thatcher went spectacularly, caught and bowled for a second ball duck, and a seven-ball 10 from Mark Taylor enabled Bar to set the visitors an unlikely 260 to win from 45 overs.

Bar took the field to bowl in poor weather conditions and in truth the second half of the game was not much of a spectacle.

The wickets were spread around in the short spells bowled by the bowlers, but at 146-8 with 16 overs remaining and conditions worsening, Bar decided to toss the ball up to try and end the game.

Unfortunately, the visitors batted remarkably, playing some good defensive shots, whilst also hitting some impressive boundaries.

So much so that the 10th wicket put on 75 in 65 balls with Mark Sayers ending 50 not out from just 37 balls.

Of the bowlers, Paul McGee took 3-52 and Mark Taylor took 2-23 from seven overs.

This meant the visitors finished a credible 30 runs shy of the 260 target, but in all truth little would have been learned on the bowling side of this friendly.

The cobwebs have been blown off and Bar are up and running.

Next week sees the firsts and seconds in action against St Albans and on Sunday the Bar entertain Walthamstow.


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