Potters Bar beat fellow Premier League side Harpenden convincingly as they made the group final for this years Herts T20.
The defending champions won the toss and opted to bat first and they got off to a flier as Steve Gale and Pat Scott found the boundary seven times in a blistering opening start as the visitors learned from the first game and pace off the ball was the way to go. To their credit it worked as Pat Scott and James Scott both went in quick succession and when Steve Gale went, Bar were struggling at 41 for 3.
Luke Chapman came in and hit a couple of nice boundaries but when he succumbed to a fine catch in the outfield, Bar were 4 down for 69. Enter 18 year old Ashane Wijesuriya, who struck a majestic unbeaten 46 in just 28 balls, hitting four boundaries and 2 sixes. He was well supported by Kazi Hoq who was unbeaten on 27 as Bar got up to 137 for 4 with the pair putting on an unbeaten 68
138 to win and with Harpenden still coming to terms without talisman Ben Frazer who has left to,play at Hampstead, it was to prove too big an ask. Jake Pankhurst apart, the visitors never really got going against an efficient Bar attack. Jake Pankhurst made a nice 38 from 35 balls, but only Tom Beasley made double figures as Bar eased to the Group Final.
The wickets were shared around, with Jigar Mehta taking 3 for 14, 2 a piece for both Teddy Duke and Bradley Sayers and one each for Luke Chapman and James Scott.
Bar now play Reed in the Group B final.