Struggling Potters Bar let their opponents off the hook

PUBLISHED: 18:53 05 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:04 26 October 2009

Saracens Herts League Division Six Letchworth 3rds 204-7 Potters Bar 3rds 172-8 IT was a day of missed opportunities for Potters Bar 3rds as they took on Letchworth 3rds in a Division Six fixture at Dame Alice Owen s School. Potters Bar had chances to po

Saracens Herts League Division Six

Letchworth 3rds 204-7 Potters Bar 3rds 172-8

IT was a day of missed opportunities for Potters Bar 3rds as they took on Letchworth 3rds in a Division Six fixture at Dame Alice Owen's School.

Potters Bar had chances to possibly win the match, but could only close on 172-8 in reply to Letchworth's 204-7 total and are now in deep trouble at the wrong end of the table.

They sit third from bottom in the Saracens Herts League standings and travel to Balls Park this Saturday to take on mid-table Hertford 3rds.

The Letchworth skipper won the toss and elected to bat in light drizzle on a wicket which offered slow bounce throughout.

Bar got off to a good start as Tom Rowlands reduced the visitors to 14-2 in the fourth over.

The Letchworth third wicket pair added 43 before another two wickets fell in quick succession as Usman Chaudhary and Adam Titmuss took catches off the persevering Michael John.

Potters Bar were then held up as the Letchworth fifth wicket duo of Bridge and Herts Over 60's player Dovey ground out a stand of 48 in 17 overs.

The hosts regained the initiative when Rupert Pyrah clean bowled Bridge and the number seven in rapid succession to leave Letchworth tottering at 115-6.

However, Potters Bar allowed the game to slip from their grasp as slack fielding allowed the North Herts side to take a succession of quick singles.

Sixty-six runs were added in the last 10 overs with Dovey eventually succumbing to John for 77.

John ended with figures of 3-58, and Rowlands and Pyrah took 2-43 and 2-56 respectively.

As the wicket improved throughout the day, Potters Bar felt the target of 205 was well within their reach.

But the departures of batsmen Daley, Titmuss, Scarisbrick and Lewis to careless shots with only 43 on the board left the home team with a mountain to climb.

Chaudhary and Hayden Rogers demonstrated how easy it was to stay in by adding a season's best fifth wicket partnership of 53.

The stand was broken when Chaudhary advanced down the wicket and was comfortably stumped for 21.

Rogers and John upped the scoring rate to resurrect Potters Bar's victory hopes.

However, when Rogers departed for 55 and John was eighth man out for 21, it was left to Roy Metselaar and skipper Neil Raisborough to block out the last two overs for a draw.

Metselaar finished unbeaten on 15 as Potters Bar closed on 172-8 after 47 overs.

However, against what was easily the weakest bowling attack encountered in the league this year, Potters Bar were left to rue a missed chance to secure one of the two wins which will probably be needed to secure their Herts Division Six survival.

They will be hoping to bag a much-needed win at Hertford now.

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