Scores finish level as Potters Bar draw with Preston

PUBLISHED: 18:52 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:01 26 October 2009

Michael John took five wickers for Potters Bar 3rds against Preston

Michael John took five wickers for Potters Bar 3rds against Preston

Saracens Herts League Division Six Potters Bar 3rds 190-9 Preston 190-7 POTTERS Bar 3rds hosted mid-table Preston 2nds on Saturday at Dame Alice Owen s School in a game which was crucial to the side s Division Six survival hopes. Bar skipper Neil Raisbor

Saracens Herts League Division Six

Potters Bar 3rds 190-9 Preston 190-7

POTTERS Bar 3rds hosted mid-table Preston 2nds on Saturday at Dame Alice Owen's School in a game which was crucial to the side's Division Six survival hopes.

Bar skipper Neil Raisborough won the toss and elected to bat on an easy-paced wicket.

John Lewis and Adam Titmuss got the home side off to a good start, putting on 41 for the first wicket before Lewis was bowled for 25.

Titmuss was joined by Ben Scarisbrick and they put on a further 20 runs before Titmuss was caught for 20.

Aditya Sheth and Scarisbrick then compiled the best stand of the innings to put Bar in the box seat.

Unfortunately, both were dismissed in the space of three overs, Scarisbrick top scoring with 39 and Sheth departing for 27.

The fifth wicket pair of Navindra Nath and Hayden Rogers ensured that Potters Bar didn't collapse by adding 33 runs to take the score to 150.

Nath was bowled by the Preston slow left-armer for 11.

Wickets fell at regular intervals thereafter, but the Potters Bar tail took the final total to 190-9 to set Preston a challenging target.

Potters got off to a great start when Michael John took three early wickets to leave Preston tottering on 30-3.

But further wickets proved elusive as Preston ground out 51 for the fourth wicket and 54 for the fifth wicket.

However, the required run rate was steadily mounting and the Preston batsmen were forced to take more and more chances.

Tom Rowlands dismissed top scorer Harrington-Smith for 50, Raisborough took a tumbling catch off John, and Nath secured a run out with an accurate throw to keeper Steve Moore.

When the last over bowled by Michael John commenced, Preston required 10 runs with three wickets remaining.

Garnham hit a boundary off the fourth ball and with one delivery remaining Preston required two to win.

Bizarrely, the Preston number nine had failed to realise that it was the last delivery and after striking the ball wide of cover he turned down a second run.

So the game finished with the scores level and the match was drawn.

Michael John was the most successful bowler with 5-61 from 19 overs.

Potters Bar secured 15 bonus points from the game.

But results elsewhere meant that they will go into their game at Ware on Saturday needing at least a good haul of bonus points if they are to avoid relegation.

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