Potters Bar's Standards slip in Trophy against Sunbury
PUBLISHED: 12:05 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:03 26 October 2009
Evening Standard Trophy Potters Bar 95-10 Sunbury 96-1 POTTERS Bar s marvellous run in the Evening Standard Cricket Trophy came to an abrupt end in the rain at Sunbury on Sunday. Bar crashed to a nine-wicket defeat in the last eight of the prestigious co
Evening Standard Trophy
Potters Bar 95-10 Sunbury 96-1
POTTERS Bar's marvellous run in the Evening Standard Cricket Trophy came to an abrupt end in the rain at Sunbury on Sunday.
Bar crashed to a nine-wicket defeat in the last eight of the prestigious competition.
After the mother of all showers en route and continuous rain, the game was reduced from a 50-over to a 30-over per side match.
Bar won the toss and skipper Len Cooper thought it best that his side try to set a target and then put pressure on the hosts second time around on a used pitch.
Alas the plan didn't work as Sunbury bowled and fielded brilliantly, although Bar contributed to their own downfall.
With the game reduced, Bar were clearly caught out as they started off as if it were a Twenty20 game.
They went for some big shots and aimed at balls which were not there to be hit.
There were 180 balls available and the target had to be a run a ball as 180 would have really took some beating.
But The Walk club started off poorly. Adam Norman was first to go as he was clean bowled by Roland-Jones for six.
At 6-1, ex-Leicestershire man Nick Walker was promoted up the order to put bat to ball and he found Staniers' bowling much to his liking as he clubbed 18 off his second over.
Bar were for arguably the only time in the game sat pretty at 28-1 off four overs.
Nesan Jeyaratnam departed as he tried to hit over the top and he lost his middle stump as Roland-Jones now had both wickets and Bar were 30-2.
It was soon 37-3 as Bar new boy Suliman Hussain whipped a ball off his toes and it took a good catch at wide mid-on to account for the debutant.
Walker then tried to flick the ball off his hip and was trapped leg before and Bar were 40-4.
Bar's luck was to only get worse as Cooper got a similar decision by umpire Edwards.
Then disappointingly a slow creep to the end of the innings ensued, as Bar scored a few but a regular loss of wicket saw them make a poor and pitiful 95 before succumbing in just 26.5 overs.
Jared Norman went stumped for four as he lost his balance and Dave Breeze slapped a wide ball straight to short extra cover.
Will van der Maat went plumb in front for 15 and Dave Pett departed for six.
Paul McGee was brilliantly taken at deep backward square for two.
This left Dave Rock stranded on nine not out.
Defending just 95, Bar needed to strike early and they couldn't have got a better start.
Five balls into his spell Suliman Hussain struck.
Max Hall went for the big booming drive, he missed and also lost his off pole.
It should have been 11-2 as Stewart Poynter edged a regulation catch to first slip and it was shelled by Jared Norman.
This was the cue for the young Irishman to put his foot to the floor and drive Bar out of the Evening Standard.
As the rain clouds were gathering and the next deluge was not far away, Poynter, currently in the Middlesex set-up, played quite beautifully.
The highlight was an on-drive timed to perfection which disappeared over Hussain's head and over the line for six.
Poynter raced to a 38-ball 50 and Bar's hopes had long gone.
The hosts scampered to a nine-wicket win with a massive 80 balls to spare and deservedly go through to the semi-final at the weekend against Wimbledon.
He and the now contracted Middlesex man Adam London put on 95 in just 90 balls.
Poynter ended unbeaten on 62 in an innings which contained a six and nine fours.
London ended 25 not out in a more sedate affair.
So the Trophy dream is over for this season but the Bar boys can be mightily proud of what they have achieved in this run.
From the first round non-appearance over Old Actonians, the amazing win over Blackheath, the brilliant 100 by Jeyaratnam against Saffron Walden to the strangling of the much-talented High Wycombe.
Bar can really be rightfully pleased of what as a club they have achieved and hope this has whetted the appetites of all at Potters Bar as to what the club can achieve in the long term.