Rain and stubborn batting see Potters Bar fall to defeat

PUBLISHED: 09:24 25 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:24 25 May 2017

Potters Bar CC V Letchworth - Harrison Palmer batting for Potters Bar.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Potters Bar CC V Letchworth - Harrison Palmer batting for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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Rain and a frustrating second-wicket stand combined to send Potters Bar to defeat at home to Letchworth Garden City in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Premier Division.

Bar were put into bat and made 147, setting Letchworth a revised target of 145 from 46 overs.

And despite a promising start when opener William Aitkenhead was dismissed with the second ball, the garden city side made their target with six wickets and 13 overs to spare.

Steve Gale got Potters’ innings off to a fairly strong start.

He sent four of the 23 balls he faced scurrying to the boundary as he made 20.

But when he nicked one behind to keeper Peter New off the bowling of Praveen Bhatti, he joined fellow opener Harrison Palmer back in the pavilion, a victim of a run-out, and Bar were 25-2.

Three runs later Patrick Scott was gone and when Ben Hunter was again caught behind by New, Potters Bar’s top four batsmen had gone for a combined 38.

It left Ben Taylor and Thilan Walallawita to try and save the day and the pair gave it a good go.

Taylor was caught off the bowling of William Bates but not before he had made a stubborn 24 from 54 deliveries.

Walallawita would be the last to be dismissed, scoring 27, but he struggled to find anyone to stick around long enough.

The one exception proved to be Anthony Keen who hit an entertaining 29 from 27 balls, including five fours and a six.

Bates was Letchworth’s top bowler, finishing on 3-22.

Bar needed a strong start and they got it when Robert Joseph trapped Aitkenhead leg before.

But then Tom Simmons and New got together and the pair steadied the ship, putting on 89 for the second wicket before Joseph struck again with the help of skipper Patrick Scott to dismiss Simmons.

Anthony Keen claimed the next two wickets but Letchworth had batted their way to within touching distance of the win in the meantime.

And Maxford Pipe and Darren Curry saw them across the line.

Joseph finished with figures of 2-28 while Keen’s double came at the cost of 16 runs.

Walallawita also bowled well but without reward finishing with 0-19 from nine overs.

The defeat leaves Potters Bar second from bottom and still looking for their first win.

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