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By Mark Shepherd
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Hertford 146 for 5 off 20 overs lost to Potters Bar 149 for 1 off 17.3 overs

Potters Bar blasted their way through to the Herts T20 final with a convincing win over hosts Hertford on Sunday.

Hertford skipper, Benji Cowell won the toss and opted to bat first and Jamie Riddle struck three boundaries in the first over to pop Bar on the back foot but for the initial stages of this game, that was as good as it got for the hosts.

James Scott bowled Riddle with his 5th ball of the morning for 12 and when Jigar Mehta bowled Richard Leather and skipper Benji Cowell, Hertford were 3 down for 17. Worse was to follow as in the final over of the powerplay, Teddy Duke had Hugh Cavener caught on the '45' to leave them 4 for 25.

This now brought arguably Hertford's two gun batters in Bailey Eustance and Will Ray and they just batted sensibly and accumulated as the whilst the game didn't exactly drift, but it took more of a sense of normality about it. The pair took few risks but runs came relatively easily on a lightening quick outfield and they were punching gloves mid-pitch as the pair had put on 50 in a shade over 7 overs.

The 100 arrived in the 16th over as they looked to press on but four balls later, Will Ray (32) was bowled by the returned Lee Tyrrell and a late onslaught saw Bailey Eustance end unbeaten on a fine 63 (5x4) and Adam Carlson 20. Hertford ended 146 for 5 from their allocation. Arguably 30 runs shy but at 25 for 4 it was something to bowl at.

Bar started off shakily. Josh Matthews cleared the ropes, by a matter of inches first ball but then was bowled three balls later by Jon Ryan for 6. This brought together two of Bar's most in-form batters in Steve Gale and Reece Hussain. It was the latter who took the attack to the hosts. He hit 4 boundaries and 2 maximums in a 10-ball spell which saw Bar 57 for 1 at the end of the powerplay and well and truly in the pound seats.

From then on it was in truth a coast for the two Bar batters. They nudged and nurdled the ball into the gaps and the encouragement and belief started to go from the hosts as they were looking at the exit door. Reece Hussain completed his 50 in 31 balls and was fortunate to receive a life on 55 as he was put down at long on.

It was a a steady 8 or 9 runs an over from then on as the boys put on a majestic partnership of 143 in 101 balls and they scampered home with 9 wickets in hand and 15 balls to spare. Reece Hussain ended on 91 and Steve Gale 40 and go through to play Hoddesdon in the final.

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Sun 24, Jul 2022