Potters Bar outdo WGC neighbours

PUBLISHED: 17:43 10 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:56 26 October 2009

Potters Bar bowler Michael John

Potters Bar bowler Michael John

Saracens Herts League Division Six WGC 3rds 176-10 Potters Bar 3rds 177-5 POTTERS Bar 3rds claimed the bragging rights against their struggling WGC counterparts after winning Saturday s derby by five wickets. After the previous week s defeat to lowly Abb

Saracens Herts League Division Six

WGC 3rds 176-10 Potters Bar 3rds 177-5

POTTERS Bar 3rds claimed the bragging rights against their struggling WGC counterparts after winning Saturday's derby by five wickets.

After the previous week's defeat to lowly Abbots Langley 2nds, Bar got their Saracens Herts League campaign back on track at Dame Alice Owen's School.

Returning skipper Neil Raisborough won the toss and inserted the Digswell Park side on a rain-affected wicket.

His decision reaped immediate dividends when Michael John bowled Olivier with the first ball of the match.

Terry Edwards and WGC skipper Yates set about repairing the damage with a second wicket stand of 53 before John struck again to remove Edwards.

WGC's run rate slowed to a snail's pace as John and Rupert Pyrah exploited the dampness in the wicket.

When the fifth wicket fell in the 35th over with the score on 91, a total below 150 looked likely.

The complexion of the game was transformed when Sunil Joshi joined Yates and the two of them added 69 in 11 overs.

John struck to remove Yates for a patient 70 and in the next over Aditya Sheth bowled Joshi for a hard-hit 47.

WGC's innings then subsided to 176 all out, as the last five wickets fell for just 16 runs.

John starred with the ball, ending up with 5-60 from 21 overs.

He was well supported by Pyrah, who took 2-48 from 19 overs, and Sheth mopped up the tail with his 3-14.

The Bar innings got off to a good start as Matt Evans and veteran Rob Daley put on 41 for the first wicket.

Both fell in consecutive overs, the latter to a spectacular catch by Tanner.

Sheth came in at number three and carried on his good form from his 84 not out the previous week.

But at the other end Erroll, Moore and Hughes all departed for single figure scores.

The game appeared to have swung WGC's way, when Dan Brown (44 not out) joined Sheth at 109-5.

The pair proceeded to play shots all round the wicket, compiling an unbroken sixth wicket stand in just 10 overs to win the match with plenty of overs to spare.

Sheth finished on 72 not out.

Joshi was the pick of the City bowlers after taking 3-43.

The result lifts Potters Bar to eighth and they will hope to improve their position still further when they take on Hitchin 3rds next Saturday in their only fixture at The Walk.

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