Walker and Gale blow West Herts away

PUBLISHED: 17:54 27 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:40 26 October 2009

Nick Walker took six wickets for Potters Bar

Nick Walker took six wickets for Potters Bar

Home Counties Premier League Division Two (East) West Herts 166-10 Potters Bar 167-1 ALL-rounder Nick Walker took six wickets and Steve Gale hit 87 as Potters Bar hammered West Herts by nine wickets to go top of the league. Bar s display was arguably the

Home Counties Premier League Division Two (East)

West Herts 166-10 Potters Bar 167-1

ALL-rounder Nick Walker took six wickets and Steve Gale hit 87 as Potters Bar hammered West Herts by nine wickets to go top of the league.

Bar's display was arguably their most convincing performance in years as they blew away West Herts in a one-sided game at Park Avenue on Saturday.

After winning the toss the hosts elected to bat first.

Their free-scoring Kiwi Neal Parlane, the leading run scorer in New Zealand state cricket in the winter, strode out with fellow opener Waqas Chaudhry.

Walker took the new ball and put it down at good pace just on or around off stump.

Parlane went after it and drilled a low and sharp slip chance to Dean Dass at second slip. Dass held it to make it 0-1 off one ball.

Ex-Leicestershire player Steve Clark was having a battle with his ex-county colleague Walker but in the main played him well.

However, at the other end it was far from the same.

Chaudhry made just five from 36 balls before he played too early on a short ball. It ballooned up to square leg where Nesan Jeyaratnam took a catch.

At 43-2, Clark was playing nicely and was joined by skipper Matt Smith.

After an excellent nine over burst Walker came out of the attack and West Herts got back in the game a little.

Paul McGee was brought into the attack and struggled to contain Clark, who posted his 50 in just 68 balls with eight fours and a six.

However, Adam Norman bowled well and soon removed skipper Smith for just 10 with his side 78-3.

There was then a period where Bar sat in and Clark and Duncan Hodges started to fightback and the three figures were soon posted.

With the hosts cruising somewhat, Walker came back into the attack.

He soon pegged them back and inspired a mini-collapse right on the lunch break.

With West Herts 123-3, Duncan Hodges went for 18 after spooning a catch to backward point where Jeyaratnam gleefully took it, again off Walker.

Two balls later a suicidal attempted single from Craig Sanders saw him run out easily by Jeyaratnam.

West Herts went into lunch with heads down at 125-5.

Again, like the start of play, Bar opened in great heart as Walker removed Will Jones.

The home side's 125-6 was soon 138-7 as the vital wicket of Clark fell.

Walker secured his first five-wicket haul for The Walk club as Clark was caught by Jeyaratnam.

Clark had scored 89 from 140 balls in an innings that lasted 139 minutes and contained a six and 12 fours.

Following his dismissal it wasn't long before Bar had wrapped up the innings.

Gurney went for an edgy 15, as he held out to Dass off of Jeyaratnam.

Nelson gave Dass catching practice at slip to make it 162-9.

When Mark Richardson ran himself out, Bar had been set 167 to win, with Walker finishing with 6-37.

The visitors attacked from the start of their innings with a flurry of boundaries by both Steve Gale and Jeyaratnam.

Clark bowled with a great deal of rhythm and got rid of Jeyaratnam with Bar 23-1.

This brought overseas star Lanka de Silva to the wicket.

It was Gale who tucked into the bowling as he cut and pulled excellently as Bar were started to cruise to victory.

Milestones were coming as quick as the boundaries as Gale and de Silva brought up their 50 partnership in just 68 balls.

Former Hatfield captain Gale eased to his maiden Bar league 50 off of just 73 balls and Bar were pretty much home and dry.

West Herts skipper Matt Smith brought himself into the attack but Sri Lankan de Silva took no notice of his ability.

He struck him for four fours in his first five balls and eased to his second successive 50 in just 54 balls.

Without losing any further batsmen, Bar eased to a second victory of the season.

They claimed an outstanding nine-wicket win with more than 25 overs left to play. Gale ended unbeaten on 87 with de Silva on 63.

The win puts Potters Bar top of the table on alphabetical order.

On Saturday Bar entertain Hemel Hempstead at The Walk.

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