Potters Bar blow Enfield away in cup

PUBLISHED: 18:44 08 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:55 26 October 2009

Steve Gale batting

Steve Gale batting

Cockspur Cup First Round Potters Bar 245-7 Enfield 118 all out ENFIELD were blown away by Potters Bar in the first round of the Cockspur Cup. Steve Gale and Dave Breeze shared a second wicket partnership of 60 as Potters Bar amassed 245-7 from their 45

Cockspur Cup First Round

Potters Bar 245-7 Enfield 118 all out

ENFIELD were blown away by Potters Bar in the first round of the Cockspur Cup.

Steve Gale and Dave Breeze shared a second wicket partnership of 60 as Potters Bar amassed 245-7 from their 45 overs.

Bar then eased to an embarrassingly easy 127-run win over the north London side in a dreadfully one-sided contest.

After being put into bat on a slow and low surface, it wasn't long before openers Mike Palmer and Gale imposed themselves on the visitors.

Bar were motoring nicely at 49-1 but lost Palmer for 21 as he was clean bowled.

This then saw the 60-run stand between Gale and Breeze.

Enfield's fielding left a lot to be desired though.

Breeze was dropped four times and could have been caught on three other occasions as he led a charmed life.

However, both he and Gale put the bad ball away when it regularly appeared.

Bar lost their second wicket at 109 as Breeze was caught by the keeper for 34.

Former Hatfield captain Gale brought up his 50 off just 59 balls as Bar went into the drinks break nicely placed at 114-2 with 22 overs remaining of the 45 allocation.

The Walk club then had a mini collapse as Gale ran out Dean Dass for two.

A direct hit by skipper Higgs after another bout of dubious calling then accounted for stand-in captain Nick Walker for just 10.

The score was up to 132-4 and Adam Norman came to the wicket.

Both Norman and Gale upped the tempo as the bowling started to wilt.

The pair managed to share a whirlwind 50 partnership in just 54 balls, but soon after Gale departed for 76. He struck seven fours in his 100-ball knock.

Still Norman powered on and he completed his own half century in just 38 balls after hitting a six and six fours.

He was caught at long on for 52 and then Guy Thatcher came and went for just two.

It needed an unbeaten 26 from Tom Coughlan against his old team to bolster Bar up to 245-7 from their 45 overs.

Enfield required an unlikely 246 to win in 45 overs at 5.47 runs per over.

Potters Bar simply had too much firepower for the visitors.

Walker was too good for Chapman as he wafted in soft fashion to cover, which was arguably the worst ball he bowled.

Michael John, fresh from his five wickets the day before at Luton, nipped out Plumb for two after enticing a weak drive to point.

It was soon 24-3 as Breffit was clean bowled by John for six and with the game effectively ended Walker gave everyone the opportunity to have a bowl.

Norman removed skipper Higgs via a smart stumping by Guy Thatcher for six and then it was turn for 14-year-olds Tom Rowlands and Luke Watling to take the ball and show off their talents.

Both did themselves proud as Rowlands bowled with energy and a fair deal of control and his four overs cost 19 runs.

After a nervous start, Watling got into the groove and spun the ball and managed to pick up 2-13 from seven overs.

Tommy Coughlan was also introduced into the attack and he fast forwarded the game to the extent that his 3-23 came from just four overs.

With Enfield nine down, there was a magical moment for Mike Palmer to come on and take the last wicket.

Barnard slapped the ball straight down Dass' throat at deep mid-wicket to end the encounter.


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