Potters Bar 3rd X1 had the privilege of a rare home game at The Walk on Saturday and the team certainly did themselves justice in comprehensively beating Hatfield & Crusaders 2nd X1 by 112 runs.
On a fantastic day at a glorious setting, skipper Dave Pett finally won a toss and had no hesitation in deciding to bat first on a good looking Walk wicket.
Two early wickets fell to the impressive debutant Hatfield & Crusaders opening bowler before Dave Pett and Doc Sharma settled in nicely for a 58 run partnership, broken when Doc was well taken at first slip.
Following the unfortunate dismissal of Rocky, skipper Pett was joined by Tommy Rowlands who looked in fine fettle from the minute he arrived at the crease.
Both batsmen looked well set and passed 50 with Rowland’s particularly quick to punish any loose bowling.
The partnership had reached 147 when Pett was caught behind for 80 (13x4) swiftly followed by Rowlands also dismissed for 80 (12 x 4, 1 x 6) but the damage had been done and a good total had been built.
Despite a late flurry of wickets, the home side went to tea with an impressive total of 251 on the board.
The youthful pair of Sean Lovell and Tom Brissenden took the new ball for the home side and immediately had the visitors on the back foot.
Lovell bowled well and took two wickets and Brissenden one as the score reached 19-3 in the 6th over.
There was some resistance shown by the Hatfield & Crusaders opening batter along with the debutant all rounder but the home side didn’t give their visitors a chance as the bowlers were rotated and wickets fell at regular intervals.
Dave Fennel was the star man with the ball taking 4 wickets and when man of the match Tommy Rowlands took the final two wickets the home team left the field happy with their effort and a 112 run victory.