Potters Bar suffer defeat away at Banbury

PUBLISHED: 12:40 27 May 2009 | UPDATED: 22:03 26 October 2009

Tanweer Sikandar

Tanweer Sikandar

Home Counties Premier League Division One Banbury 219-9 Potters Bar 144 BAR have suffered back-to-back defeats against championship chasing sides, as they lost at Banbury on Saturday. That defeat came after they were beaten at The Walk the previous week

Home Counties Premier League Division One

Banbury 219-9 Potters Bar 144

BAR have suffered back-to-back defeats against championship chasing sides, as they lost at Banbury on Saturday.

That defeat came after they were beaten at The Walk the previous week by Henley.

They have so far struggled to come to terms with the big league and all it entails.

A poor batting performance at the picturesque White Post Road ground cost them against Banbury.

Without Len Cooper and the inspirational Tim Phillips, stand-in skipper Steve Gale won the toss.

He had no hesitation in asking the hosts to bat first.

Bar opened up with Chris Lagana and Tanweer Sikandar.

On numerous occasions Lagana was too good for the Banbury openers who struggled to lay a bat on the ball.

Their progress was slow and every run was cheered with great delight.

The first wicket arrived and it was Lagana who enticed Tew to nibble at a ball which went straight to Jared Norman at second slip.

A change of ends saw the end of the Banbury skipper Craig Haupt as Sikandar brought the ball back and crash into Haupt's off stump and made him look silly offering no shot.

Haupt had gone for 13 and the hosts were labouring somewhat at 2-49.

The 50 came up in 21st over and Bar were certainly making the hosts work extremely hard for their runs.

Simon Hole had now come in to keep the vigilant Shirazi company and they slowly worked the ball around and got the scoreboard moving as they began to re-build their innings.

Lunch arrived with Banbury sat 87- 2 from 34 overs.

After lunch Bar's hold slipped a little as Hole and Shirazi were more positive and the total raced passed the 100 mark.

Shirazi finally reached his 50 in 115 balls in 140 minutes in the 39th over as Bar started to look a little short of ideas however the introduction of Will van der Maat soon changed things.

With the final ball of van der Maat's first over he had Damien Shirazi bang in front leg before for 56 and the hosts were 125-3.

Shaftab Khalid who had bowled beautifully finally got a breakthrough as he had Ali caught for 13.

The score of 146-4 was soon 146-6 as Lagana accounted for Hole for 42 and Kiwi overseas player Bullick leg before for a duck.

Home skipper Hawtin and Luke Ryan batted sensibly and put on 36 in 52 balls as the hosts looked to just bat out time and go with whatever total they had.

Ryan was yorked by Chris Lagana for 21 and then another frustrating partnership of 32 in 52 balls between Hawtin and Ed Smith saw the hosts over and now well passed the 200 mark.

The home side closed on 219-9 from the full 66 overs.

Of the bowlers, Bar used just four with two of them doing nigh on all the hard graft.

Lagana took 4-76 from 23 overs and in truth deserved a lot better than those still decent figures show.

At the other end Khalid bowled 28 overs and finished with 3-77.

There was a wicket a piece for Will van der Maat (1-20) and Tanweer Sikandar (1-32).

Bar needed 220 to win in 54 overs.

After starting well stand-in skipper Steve Gale was the first out at 22-1.

This was soon 23-2 as Nesan Jeyaratnam followed.

Tanweer Sikander went leg before to Bullick for 18 and Bar were 42-3.

Jared Norman was out leg before, for just one and Bar made the safety of the tea interval 44-4, still needing 176 from a minimum 37 overs.

After tea Bar got in behind it and although Chris Swainland found it initially difficult against the tiring Bullick, Shaftab Khalid was enjoying the much more ordinary fayre of Haupt and Phillips.

The final scheduled hour of the game saw Bar 85-4.

However a lack of judgement from Swainland saw him stumped by a yard off of Ryan for 25.

Three balls later Khalid was curiously given leg before for 22 as the ball appeared to go through the gate and strike the keeper's pad.

At 90-6 Bar were well and truly struggling. Adam Norman (1) was next to go as none of the three attempted shots played were good enough to keep out Ryan's delivery.

When Dave Breeze went in similar fashion for 10, Bar were 109-8 with still 17 overs left for play

There was some defiance from van der Maat and Lagana who put on a quick 26.

Lagana was however caught off of Bullick and after a stubborn 36-ball 10th wicket partnership of just nine Bar were dismissed and sent on their way for just 144 from 46.1 overs.


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