Potters Bar breezed to their second win of the season with a comprehensive win over an injury ravaged Bishop's Stortford as they start to make moves up the table.
Luke Chapman skippered the team in the absence of Steve Gale and won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first on an excellent surface considering the barrage of rain the day before.
Bar got off to a good start as Tom Burslem chipped to square leg for just 6 and soon after the prize wicket of Eddie Ballard as he snicked to slip, where Rishi Patel comfortably took. There was then a good partnership between Reece Hussain and skipper Dominic Chatfield which slowly but surely got the visitors back into posting a testing total.
Reece Hussain went for 42 as he was bowled by Luke Chapman and their partnership of 88 was broken. Sam Davis then chipped to mid on for just 1 and Stortford had slipped to 121 for 4.
Still Dominic Chatfield batted on and completed a fine half century in 86 balls but next ball was adjudged caught behind when from a fair distance away there didn't seem to be a vast amount of bat or appeal involved. Stortford's innings slowly began to implode, despite Tom Waring 16 gave the briefest of impetus, before being expertly taken at point by Rishi Patel.
171 for 6 was soon 174 all out as Bar did well in the field and with the ball. Luke Chapman 3 for 37, Jigar Mehta 2 for 23, Thilan Walalallawita 2 for 26 and a wicket a piece for Teddy Duke and James Scott meant a modest total was to be chased.
Despite being without Bar's top three of the last couple of games, Bar sped off in pursuit. James Scott and Ben Taylor, who used to open the batting in the Under 13s, batted well, both finding the fence with regularity. However the visiting fielders were started to struggle as Tom Waring (broken finger) and Sam Davis (foot) meant it would be a pedestrian effort for them.
Ben Taylor went for 22 as he chipped to mid-off and new boy Rehan Hassan from Enfield, who has replaced the now exited stage left Kazi Hoq, batted nicely for his 20 before he was adjudged leg before. Still James Scott batted on as he completed his first half century of the season in 50 balls and he was joined by Rishi Patel who saw Bar home with some fine boundaries and he too made 50 in just 47 balls.
Bar got home with 100 balls remaining with James Scott ending 80* and Rishi Patel 50* and winning by a handsome 8 wicket margin.
Next week the red ball cricket returns for 9 weeks as Bar enter into their favoured format and will be looking to match last years exploits of just defeat in those 9 matches and if that's achieved a top-4 place should beckon.