Potters Bar undone by Crusader Horden

PUBLISHED: 17:44 27 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:57 26 October 2009

Saracens Herts League Division Six Potters Bar 3rds 183-10 Hatfield Crusaders 187-5 POTTERS Bar s thirds fell to a five-wicket defeat against newly-promoted Hatfield Crusaders on Saturday. Iain Horden hit an unbeaten 72 for Crusaders as they made 187-5 i

Saracens Herts League Division Six

Potters Bar 3rds 183-10 Hatfield Crusaders 187-5

POTTERS Bar's thirds fell to a five-wicket defeat against newly-promoted Hatfield Crusaders on Saturday.

Iain Horden hit an unbeaten 72 for Crusaders as they made 187-5 in response to Bar's 183 all out.

Skipper Neil Raisborough won the toss for Bar and elected to bat on a good batting wicket at Dame Alice Owen's School.

His decision appeared to have backfired as John Lewis and Hayden Rogers were dismissed for ducks.

But in-form veteran opener Rob Daley and Mark Taylor took the fight to the Crusaders attack.

The duo put on 96 for the third wicket, before Daley fell for 44.

Taylor was joined by Mumbai import Aditya Sheth and the two played some handsome strokes, taking the score to 134 until Taylor skied a catch when on 60.

Andy Hughes looked in good form until he was run out in a mix-up with Sheth, who soon followed for a well-struck 42.

The Potters Bar tail didn't wag and the innings subsided to 183 all out.

For the hosts, the final score looked 30 to 40 runs short of a challenging total.

Singh opened for Crusaders and he fell to a sensational catch in the deep by Hughes for 22.

The second wicket fell on 42 as keeper Lewis held on to a snick to dismiss the Crusaders skipper.

Bar would have taken a third scalp soon after had they not dropped Horden when on seven and if the umpire had upheld a loud Potters Bar appeal for a catch behind.

This was to cost Potters Bar dearly as Horden went on to bat through the Crusaders innings, compiling 72 not out.

The Crusaders middle order would not allow the Bar bowlers to dominate.

An unbroken sixth wicket stand of 43 between Horden and Singh guided the Hatfield side to the win.


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