Unlucky Potters Bar looking to avoid relegation play-off this time around
PUBLISHED: 16:16 06 May 2015 | UPDATED: 16:50 06 May 2015
Potters Bar Cricket Club will hope injury problems do not derail the upcoming season after a disjointed 2014 campaign.
Bar were sat in fourth place going into the second half of last season after winning three games on the bounce, including a 10-wicket thrashing of eventual champions Radlett.
However, losing six players to broken fingers saw Bar lose seven straight games, before narrowly surviving with a relegation play-off victory over Reed.
Skipper Len Cooper said: “Last year we had seven players under the age of 22 playing Premier League cricket. It’s a seriously strong league with some big names but I am confident that on our day we can beat anyone. If we are a bit more consistent, perform as I know we can, then we will have a far better season than last time out.”
The new season sees Bar sign three players, Sydney-born Nick McLachlan, ex-Wanstead bowler Usman Sahar and James Scott, while Chris Swainland and Rahul Panta have departed the club.
Nevertheless, Cooper feels his side are going in the right direction.
Cooper continued: “On numerous occasions last year we gave ourselves too much to do as we didn’t exert as much pressure with the new ball as we would have liked.
“In Nick and Usman, we now have two proven performers that will give us greater control and a bit more bite.”
Sydney-born McLachlan had an amazing winter for his Australian club Manly Warringah, topping the bowling awards in the Sydney A Grade competition. The left arm quick took 45 wickets, helping his side to victory overall.
He will form a two-pronged attack with Sahar.
The skiddy right arm seamer took 40 wickets in the Essex Premier League and will give Bar a real threat with the new ball.
Scott makes up the incoming triumvirate. He re-joins the club from WGC, taking the vice captaincy. He took 27 league wickets last year and averaged 25 with the bat.
Bar, who face WGC in their opening Saracens Hertfordshire league encounter this Saturday, were narrowly beaten by Botany Bay at the weekend.
Bar batted first, losing Harry and Mike Palmer in the opening stages to good bowling from Kiwi Tim Richards for 31.
Stand-in skipper Scott then hit several boundaries but was gone for 24.
Bar eventually finished on 187 all out from their 50 overs.
In reply, the visitors burst out of the traps, with Kasey Harris (72) and Ben Howego (68), cruising to 188 with 31 balls and three wickets to spare.
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