League leaders left shell-shocked by rampant Bar
PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 June 2018
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Potters Bar turned the Saracens Herts Cricket League Premier Division on its head by handing league leaders West Herts their first loss of the campaign.
Having won the toss and elected to field, Bar skittled their hosts for just 120 in 44 overs before storming to their target in half that time, losing just one wicket on the way.
It drops the Watford-based club down to third while Bar bounce up two spots to fourth, and just 20 points off new leaders North Mymms.
Bar’s decision to have a bowl first looked inspired as two wickets fell before West Herts had reached double figures.
Sixteen-year-old Teddy Duke got them both, on his way to figures of 2-27, and with just 41 runs conceded, the visitors had the leaders on the rack with another three wickets.
James Illott (2-19) and Jigar Mehta (1-36) were the men responsible but the introduction of Thilan Walallawita was the final nail in the coffin.
The Middlesex spinner took the scalp of ex-Pakistan A man, Jaahid Ali, straight after lunch before mopping up the remaining four wickets for a wonderful 5-9, his third fivefer in Potters Bar colours.
With the dangerous Will Jones in the West Herts attack, Bar knew they still had work to do and would have been worried when he removed Mike Palmer for eight in the sixth over.
But that was as good as it got as Steve Gale and James Scott put on 96 in just 89 balls, hitting 19 fours and a six.
Gale was 60 not out at the end with Scott five runs behind him.
Potters Bar go back to The Walk on Saturday when they host champions Welwyn Garden City.
The thirds are also flying high in their division after a two-wicket win at Totteridge Millhillians putting them second, while the fourths enjoyed an 85-run win against Wheathampstead.
The second team had a week off and sit fifth in Division Three B.
Potters Bar have been chosen as the hosts of the T20 Finals Day.
Taking place on Sunday, July 8, the day starts at 10.30am when Bar play WGC and it will be followed by the second semi-final between Hemel Hempstead and Bishop’s Stortford.
The successful sides then play each other in the final, scheduled for around 5pm, with the winners of that progressing to the regional final.