Powerful Potters Bar show no mercy as they speed to a clinical and comfortable win
PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 July 2018
Potters Bar Cricket Club leapt back into the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Premier Division play-off places with an eight-wicket win at home to Hertford.
Bar weren’t messing around as they took just 40 overs to remove the visitors before clinching the runs needed in 25 overs.
It was a powerful display throughout and with a trip to basement club Letchworth next up on Saturday, they will be hoping it kick-starts their charge to the end of year extravaganza.
It was Hertford’s choice to bat first after winning the toss and they started positively, the opening pair of Richard Leather and Will Ray speeding to a 50 partnership as they took advantage of an electric outfield.
But Bar got the breakthrough as Leather slashed to second slip and Steve Gale held onto the catch.
And Hertford were soon 58-2 as Jigar Mehta (2-25) trapped Ian Harris lbw for four.
Ray was batting nicely but he missed a short ball from James Scott and was bowled for a run-a-ball 35 but the squeeze was on as the Bar spinners strangled the life out of the visitors.
Benny Cowell was leg before to Scott for four and when Elliott King was snaffled at slip Hertford were five down for 89 runs.
James Leather hit four boundaries to take the score past 100 but they then lost Max Lawrance as he edged one from Thilan Walallawita to keeper Callum Baylis for just five.
Lunch arrived with Hertford just 119-6 but lost their last four wickets for eight in just 30 balls.
Walallawita (3-26) took his third as he snaffled a simple return catch, which puts him on 113 Premier League wickets, equal third on the list with Dan Pascoe.
But it was skipper Scott who burgled the last three wickets finishing with 5-36, his first five-wicket haul for the club.
The visitors were all out for 127 and to stand any chance they needed to take wickets from the off.
But that never happened as Gale and Harrison Palmer took advantage of the attacking fields.
The pair got to 42 in short order before Palmer was bowled for 18 and when Scott went for a duck Bar had a minor wobble at 47-2.
They needn’t have worried though as 86 in 93 balls between Gale (55*) and Kamran Younas (60*) eased them to a comfortable win.