Potters Bar thrust themselves into Premier Division title race with Radlett romp
PUBLISHED: 07:00 31 July 2018
A week ago it seemed to be all about their position in the play-offs but Potters Bar Cricket Club proved they are still very much in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Premier Division title race with a fine 130-run success over Radlett.
It was Bar’s third straight win and has catapulted them to third in the division, level on points with North Mymms in second and only three behind league leaders Totteridge Millhillians.
Yet another dry and dusty surface at The Walk greeted the teams and Steve Gale, deputising for skipper James Scott, had no hesitation in batting first after winning the toss.
A decent start saw the hosts put on 50 inside 13 overs but it was clear that taking pace off the ball and letting the pitch work its wonders was the way forward.
Harrison Palmer went for 24 and with the pitch taking turn, it took a determined effort from Gale and Kamran Younas to bat through to lunch and get Bar a decent platform.
The stand-in skipper completed his fourth 50 of the season in 84 balls and soon after Younas completed his second half-century this year as Bar got to 153-1 from 37 overs.
But after lunch wickets went regularly. Gale was caught at slip for 67, Thilan Walallawita chipped to mid-wicket for just 4 and Zawar Hussain was leg before for seven as the home side fell to 188-5.
Younas was still batting nicely but he was run out for 84 after attempting a tight second.
However, there were some fine late order knocks and Jigar Metha’s 16 plus the unbeaten 24 and 14 of Ben Taylor and Callum Baylis meant Bar finished 263-8.
It was an imposing total but the seam bowling of Metha made sure Radlett wouldn’t get close.
He took the opening three wickets of Chris Arul, Fraser Crawford and Kabir Toor to leave Radlett on 22-3 and would eventually finish with 4-27.
He was ably assisted by Paul McGee (2-18) and Luke Chapman (2-32) while Walallawita and Teddy Duke took one each.
Radlett battled away, Archit Goenka hitting 30 lower down the order and both Joe Cooke and Adil Zareef getting 22, but were eventually all out for 133 after 42 overs.
The Premier Division’s finally timed game of the year takes Potters Bar to Bishop’s Stortford.
And if they can keep their form going they will be looking to leap to the top of the pile.