The Bill star puts Spokes in Bar's victory hopes

PUBLISHED: 11:36 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:28 26 October 2009

Saracens Herts League Division Nine Potters Bar 4ths 76-10 Monken Hadley 77-4 A MEMBER of The Bill put a spoke in Potters Bar 4th XI s hopes of victory on Saturday. Actor Gavin Spokes took five cheap wickets for Monken Hadley as Potters Bar got their S

Saracens Herts League Division Nine

Potters Bar 4ths 76-10 Monken Hadley 77-4

A MEMBER of 'The Bill' put a spoke in Potters Bar 4th XI's hopes of victory on Saturday.

Actor Gavin Spokes took five cheap wickets for Monken Hadley as Potters Bar got their Saracens Herts League campaign off to a losing start.

Robert Anderson's team slipped to a six-wicket defeat in their opening Division Nine contest.

The Potters Bar team capitulated all too easily in this first fixture of the summer on a beautiful day at Dame Alice Owen's School.

They failed to recapture the form that had seen them promoted from Division 10 at the end of last season.

Only Spencer Randon with an unbeaten 38 and Owen's schoolboy prospect Tom Rowlands (28) bothered the scorers as the middle order batting was blown away with some excellent bowling from Hadley's Spokes.

Spokes, in fact, finished with five wickets for eight runs off nine overs.

Potters Bar were unfortunate as this may be one of the few games he will play for his team this year as his acting career has taken off with a new role in ITV's 'The Bill'.

As it turned out, Spokes was witness to some criminal batting by the Potters Bar middle order as they gave themselves up with little resistance to his accurate spell of bowling.

A home tally of 76 all out was never going to be sufficient on a flat wicket.

Although Bar's Tom Rowlands took 3-12 off his 10 overs, he could not prevent Spokes and Swanton from putting together a stand of 43 runs, which broke the back of the total.

Rowlands and Spokes were certainly the pick of the 22 players and both made vital contributions to a low-scoring but entertaining first outing of the season.

Potters Bar 4ths are away this Saturday at Sandridge.


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