Incredible day of cricket ends in breathless draw

PUBLISHED: 06:00 04 July 2018

Luke Chapman was the star bowler in Potters Bars incredible draw with Totteridge Millhillians. Picture: Danny Loo

Luke Chapman was the star bowler in Potters Bars incredible draw with Totteridge Millhillians. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Potters Bar and Totteridge Millhillians smashed almost 700 runs in 115 overs of edge-of-the-seat cricket where the result could have gone one of three ways on the final ball.

In the end a draw was probably a fair result on a breathless afternoon in the Saracens Herts Cricket League Premier Division.

Bar won the toss and elected to bat first on a dry but well-grassed surface with a razor-quick outfield, it was anyone’s guess on what a decent total would be.

A steady if unspectacular start followed with Bar getting to 82-3 but the visitors kept depositing the bad ball and 65 runs in a 53-ball partnership between Pat Scott and Kamran Younas got them into a stronger position.

Scott’s departure just before lunch brought Zawar Hussain to the crease and along with Younas, the pair powered on.

Younas looked a class apart as he sped to his maiden Potters Bar half-century in 51 balls while Hussain got to the milestone a few overs later and five balls quicker.

Younas eventually fell for 79 from 71 balls, ending a 117-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

It sparked a small stutter with another few wickets falling but striding it all was Hussain who brought up a deserved second successive century from just 85 balls, a knock which included 13 fours and four sixes.

He fell for 102 and 21 not out from Callum Baylis saw Bar reach 346-9 from their 60 overs.

Early wickets gave Bar hope of the victory but all that changed with an incredible partnership between skipper Ben Howgego and Kiwi import Frazer Colson.

The duo smashed 297 between them before Howgego was caught for 161 from 147 balls.

Totteridge still needed 31 off 39 balls to win but Luke Chapman, who had taken the home skipper’s wicket, produced his best bowling figures in Bar colours to spark the frantic finish.

When Simon Webster became Chapman’s latest victim, the hosts still needed 14 from 17 balls with three wickets in hand.

Matt Fletcher was run-out by a bullet throw from Chapman and when Iresh Saxena was stumped off the penultimate ball, it came down to five to win and four to tie.

The result was a gentle push into the covers and the draw.

Chapman’s heroics stole the show as he finished on 6-64 from 15 overs, sparking the collapse which saw Totteridge 26-7 off the final 39 balls.

They go to Harpenden on Saturday.

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