Bar's opening league fixture of the season ended in defeat against a hard working Hertford team, where a lack of luck and some distinctly average batting saw them come up short.
Bar handed league debuts to three new boys, Rishi Patel, Kazi Hoq and Bradley Sayers and after a weeks incessant meant the toss was all important. VIsiting skipper Scott Ruskin called right and asked Bat to bat first.
It didn't all go South for Bar for a long period however. Although they lost new skipper Steve Gale for just 10, the Scott brothers, Patrick and James batted nicely and put on 68 in 120 balls as Bar looked comfortable at 90 for 1 a ball shy of drinks. Alas this was to be the start of a collapse where Bar lost 6 for 13 in 37 balls.
First Pat Scott (39) drilled one to cover point, where skipper Ruskin held on. Essex man, Rishi Patel got a ball that found the edge and was snaffled by the keeper for just 1. Next to go was Kazi Hoq who was run out as a powerful straight drive from James Scott was deflected onto the stumps by Rob Slater and he was run out for 1 by inches.
James Scott was leg before for 36 as Rob Slater was in the middle of an amazing spell and when he had Luke Chapman caught behind first ball, he'd been involved in a hat-trick, albeit one was a run out.
The collapse was complete as Harrison Palmer edged spinner Underdown for 0 and Bar were 7 for 103 and in the mire.
Although Bar managed to clamber upto 143, they still found some daft ways to lose their wickets but 143 it was.
However Bar came out of the traps quickly and Jigar Mehta was on fine form. First Will Ray clipped meekly to square leg and Luke Chapman took the catch. Then he had Pavey and Cowell edging to keeper Callum Baylis to leave the visitors 22 for 3.
Stuart Barker and Max Lawrance played nicely and put on 55 before the latter was leg before to Bradley Sayers for 25 and next over Luke Chapman got the wicket of Barker for 27 and at 77 for 5 it was game on again. That game on was highlighted as King was bowled for 4 and 92 for 6 gave Bar hope.
However for every time they beat the bat, it was to prove frustrating as Hertford rode their luck but eased to an opening day win by 4 wickets and with 42 balls to spare thanks to a partnership between James Leather (38) and the excellent Slater (25) of 55 in 65 balls.
For Bar, when three of their top 5 score just 12, they aren't going to win too often but should have Thilan Walallawita and Ashane Wijesuriya available for selection as they travel to North Mymms, who like Bar, lost their opening game.