Potters Bar knocked out of County Cup by WGC

PUBLISHED: 17:38 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:15 26 October 2009

Potters Bar skipper Len Cooper

Potters Bar skipper Len Cooper

Herts County Cup Quarter-Final Welwyn Garden City 309-7 Potters Bar 151-10 POTTERS Bar lost their Herts County Cup quarter-final to rivals WGC by nine runs on Sunday at Digswell Park. In truth, the narrow defeat arguably doesn t tell the full story. As c

Herts County Cup Quarter-Final

Welwyn Garden City 309-7 Potters Bar 151-10

POTTERS Bar lost their Herts County Cup quarter-final to rivals WGC by nine runs on Sunday at Digswell Park.

In truth, the narrow defeat arguably doesn't tell the full story.

As close as the result was, the better side won the game as Bar, particularly in the field, were chasing shadows for large parts.

Their skipper Len Cooper lost the toss and WGC had first use of a good batting pitch.

Ex-Middlesex and Kent all-rounder James Hewitt and Ben Frazer treated the Bar attack with utter distain early on with the hard-hitting opening pair sprinting to a 50 partnership in just 40 balls.

Frazer was batting like a million dollars, as time after time he found the ropes and he rocketed to a 37-ball 50, which contained two sixes and seven fours.

At the other end Hewitt made his way to an entertaining 36 but he was stumped by Lanka de Silva off of Nesan Jeyaratnam.

WGC's 96-1 was soon 113-2 as Aaron Laraman was caught by Mike Palmer for a single.

Aussie Derek Tate came in and he and Frazer brought up a 50-run stand in 52 balls.

Frazer and Tate powered past 150 but Frazer lost his wicket as he was well taken at backward point off Paul McGee for 98.

WGC's 170-3 soon became 189-4 as Tate was bowled by Paul McGee for 39, but with 18 overs still remaining the total was going to be an imposing one.

This brought in ex-Bar player Nick Lamb and Simon White, who got the score over 200.

However, the rain clouds gathered and Bar regrouped as a 19-minute rain delay meant it would be a 48 over a side contest.

After the resumption, Welwyn were 242-4 with 44 balls left.

The 250 came up in the 42nd over but a flurry of runs and wickets then ensued. They finished on 309-7.

Bar were left needing 310 to win from 48 overs.

With the clouds threatening and the rain imminent, Steve Gale and Jeyaratnam opened up and with some good running saw Bar off to comfortable start.

Alas, with the rain now pouring down, Gale edged behind off Gavin Baker for four and Bar were 19-1.

With that came a heavy spell of rain which took the players from the field.

A lengthy delay saw the umpires decide that Bar required 161 to win.

That was another 142 from 20 overs at a rate of more than seven an over.

Bar to their credit gave it a real go, but the regular loss of wickets always had them behind the target.

Dave Breeze, promoted to three, scorched one beautiful cover drive for four.

But he was cleaned up attempting another, falling to a low catch at short extra off ex-PBCC man Gavin Baker.

At 30-2, Bar saw a brief partnership between Lanka de Silva and Jeyaratnam, but the latter was run out.

The 50 came up in the 11th over as Bar started to accelerate. However, they lost Salim Hussain for three.

For a brief period Bar started to assert themselves with de Silva and Cooper playing nicely and it took a brilliant leg- side stumping by Blacktopp off White's bowling to turn the game back in the hosts' favour.

Lanka had gone for 18, Bar were now 67-5 still needing 94 from 72 balls with wickets falling at a regular intervals.

The equation was then 77 from 66 balls. However, a bout of yes, no, sorry saw the end of Adam Norman run out for seven.

With Cooper starting to bat like a dream, Bar had brought up the 100 in the 17th over for the loss of six wickets.

Three good overs then saw Bar score 27 to take them to 127-6, needing 34 from 30 balls.

Frazer bowled to Will van der Maat, who drilled it back to him.

The off-spinner collected the ball, turned and threw it onto the stumps in one motion.

It was a brilliant piece of cricket and Cooper was left run out by a foot after his 28-ball 46.

With that arguably went Bar's chances. Next van der Maat was caught by Tate for 11, Mike Palmer picked out long-off for nine and Greg Hodge went clean bowled by Frazer for three.

Bar finished nine short of the revised target.

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