Sat 13
Hertford CC
1st X1


By Mark Shepherd
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Hertford 163 for 8 wkts in 60 overs lost to POTTERS BAR 166 for 3 wkts in 26.5 overs

Potters Bar maintained their 3rd spot in the table with a fine display over Hertford who find themselves in the bottom three.

The hosts won the toss and opted to bat first on a well grassed pitch but found life heavy going as Bar bowled and fielded well. Jigar Mehta bowled Richard Leather for just 8 and when Teddy Duke bowled skipper Ruskin for a single saw Bar start well.

There was a turgid spell of play as Adam Carlson struggled against the spin of Thilan Walallawita as the hosts crabbed up towards lunch with only Will Ray capable of scoring runs and manoeuvring the ball. On the cusp lunch, Adam Carlson was bowled by Thilan Walallawita for a 67-ball 13. Hertford went to lunch sat 74 for 3 from 34 overs and they would need to do a lot of batting to post a challenging total.

It was to be the Thilan Walallawita show after the break as the young spinner making his 100th league appearance, spun his way to a second five wicket haul of the season. He bowled Ben Cowell for 5, and caught and bowled Hertford opener Will Ray for 57 and then removed Elliott King, who snicked behind and then a sharp return catch saw the end of James Leather.

The hosts were in dire straits at 91 for 7 with just 16 overs left. However to the hosts credit George Pavey (41) and Tom Orchard (28*) batted nicely and put on 72 for the 8th wicket as the hosts clambered up to 163 for 8 from their 60 overs.

Bar set off positively courtesy of some strange field placings where it seemed 7 close catchers was the order off the day. Both Charlie Scott and Steve Gale found the boundary on numerous occasions early on. However Charlie Scott was well taken by George Pavey at third slip for 19. Steve Gale was castled by youngster Dan Orchard who was the pick of the oppositions bowlers for 32 and when Rehan Hassan (21) was well taken by Cowell off Underdown's first ball, Bar were 82 for 3.

Some patient batting by Ashane Wijesuriya saw Bar through to tea at 114 for 3 but then a 19 minute assault after tea got Bar home with 7 wickets left and 169 balls remaining. Pat Scott unbeaten on 48 and Ashane Wijesuriya 46* the stars with the bat, but it was fitting that Thilan Walallawita whose 5 for 27 from 20 overs deservedly took the man of the match accolade on his big day.

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Sat 13, Jul 2019