Teen Palmer hits 90 in Potters Bar defeat
PUBLISHED: 16:37 13 August 2015 | UPDATED: 16:37 13 August 2015
Potters Bar remain in the bottom four, despite 18-year-old Harrison Palmer’s stand of 90, after a heavy defeat to runaway leaders Radlett.
On winning the toss, stand-in skipper James Scott opted to have a bat on a good-looking pitch and after a wayward opening spell from visiting bowler Ben Lederman, Bar had got off to a flier with 35 on the board within the first five overs.
However, the introduction of Randeep Sanghera brought a wicket with his sixth ball as he found the outside edge of James Scott’s bat and Joe Cooke took a smart, slip catch.
At 35-1 George Scott joined Palmer, but after making just 10 runs, he was removed by Sanghera.
Patrick Scott and Harry Palmer showed composed heads and were soon shaking hands on a 50 partnership in 101 balls. At lunch, Bar sat on 110-2 from 33 overs.
Palmer completed his second 50 in three innings in 105 balls and Pat Scott followed soon after, his half- century a first of the season.
One run later Pat Scott was dismissed as he went to a smart slip catch, ending a partnership of 81 in 163 balls. Bar were 145-3 with 89 balls left of their 60 over allocation remaining.
Don Manuwelge was in at five and launched his fourth ball for six as Bar looked to up the rate.
Another decent partnership of 34 in 41 balls continued to give the home side hope, before Manuwelge went, caught at extra cover.
There was then a laughable mix-up which saw Mohammed Adil Zareef run out without facing a ball.
As Palmer closed in on a maiden Bar league hundred, disaster struck as he played a ball slightly too early and got a leading edge, lobbing back a simple return catch. His innings included 10 fours and one six from 163 balls.
The hosts then panicked as three run outs in a crazy finale saw Bar clamber to just 210.
In reply, the ball was starting to grip and Bar got off to a great start as Fraser Crawford shouldered arms to a straight one from Usman Sahar for one and the visitors were one down in the second over.
That was as good as it got for the home side as Kabir Toor, who batted beautifully, and Joe Cooke, who rode his luck a bit, put on 212 in 260 balls as they eased to a 10th win in 12 matches.
Toor was given a life on 21, where a regulation slip catch went down and while the bowling on the whole was decent, the fielding was disappointing.
Radlett got home with 63 balls to spare and Bar gained just two points from their day’s work.
Heavy defeats for Letchworth and Hertford meant nothing much changed in the Premier Division,
However, the timed matches have now finished and Bar face four 50-over games, needing to effectively win two of them.
This week they travel to Bishop’s Stortford who sit just five points above them.
The last four league games will no doubt see lots of ups and down for Bar.
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