Sat 26
Old Albanian
2nd X1


By Mike Palmer
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Old Albanians 1st X1 156-10 Lost to Potters Bar 2nd X1 158-3

Potters Bar 2nd X1 put in an excellent all round display, to claim their first 30 point haul of the season, with a 7 wicket victory away to Old Albanians1st X1 on Saturday.

Skipper Dave Pett won the toss and took the brave decision of inserting the home side on a flat looking wicket that appeared to be full of runs.

However the vastly experienced opening bowling pair of Chris Boyce and Mark Taylor, both bowled beautifully from the word go, making scoring runs very difficult for the hosts. Taylor picked up a wicket with his very first ball and from then on showed all his experience by never allowing the batsman to get on top.

Boyce bowled with his usual controlled line, length and aggression beating the bat almost at will without getting any luck or reward for his efforts in 14 high quality overs.

Luke Owers replaced Boyce and as luck would have it struck almost immediately when Boyce juggled a full toss that was hit straight at him, finally catching the ball at the third attempt.

Taylor meanwhile continued his fine spell backed up by some excellent fielding by the whole side highlighted by two wonderful catches by debutant Peter Sogbodjor. Taylor was finally replaced after 18 overs in the intense heat having been rewarded with 4 wickets for just 34 runs and made way for young left arm spinner, Thilan Wallalalwitta.

Wallalalwitta once again bowled with quality beyond his years in strangling the life out of the remaining batsman, bowling in tandem with Owers as the home side were bowled out for 156 in 50 overs. Owers took 3-34 from his 11 over spell and Wallalalwitta ended with 3-20 from just 6 overs.

Mike Palmer and Tom Pett opened the innings putting on 65 for the first wicket and it was a surprise when Pett was out for 35 as the home side struggled to make early in road’s into the strong visiting batting line up.

Sogbodjor came in at number three and continued the aggressive nature of the innings scoring swiftly along with Palmer who was playing the anchor role in fine style. A mini wobble came when Palmer was caught pulling straight to midwicket for 47 and Sogbodjor was sent on his way LBW for 23.

Number four Tommy Coughlan had a tricky start being dropped second ball following strong appeals for LBW to his first delivery, however Jared Norman came to the wicket and immediately took the game to the home side striking a series of majestic blows in ensuring there would be no further excitement for the rejuvenated home side bowlers.

Norman finished the game with successive boundaries ending 25 not out to give the visitors a comprehensive 7 wicket victory.

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Sat 26, May 2012