Potters Bar 3rd X1 were beaten by the narrowest of margins, a single wicket, in their top of the table clash with Bomoor 1st X1 on Saturday in a thrilling game of cricket played at Dame Alice Owens school.
Despite the deluge of rain that had fallen throughout the past week, the captains tossed up and were both pleased to see a good looking pitch prepared and ready for the drama that was soon to take place.
The home side won the toss and elected to make first use of the pitch but from the moment that Pett was dismissed to the third ball of the afternoon LBW for a duck the tone was set for an extremely sub-standard performance.
The home sides batsman, with one or two notable exceptions, simply didn’t apply themselves and value their wicket.
Far too many came and went as wickets fell at regular intervals against an accurate visiting bowling attack but not one that should be rolling the hosts for a poor total posted of 110 in 39 overs.
Only Dave Rock, Tom Kerr and Aditya Sembian came out with any credit with the remainder of the batsman sadly underperforming on the day.
However at tea the home side felt that early wickets could cause panic amongst the unbeaten visiting batting line up and this was certainly proved to be the case.
Chris Boyce bowled a beautiful new ball spell testing the batsman with almost every delivery bowled.
The breakthrough came in Boycey’s third over as the opening batsman was adjudged LBW and when Boyce removed the number three LBW also first ball the game was on.
Hatrick ball and Boyce ran in from the motorway end and literally could not have bowled a better ball that pitched on middle and hit the top of off peg to give Boyce a marvellous hatrick and the home side great belief.
The pressure was now firmly on the visitors and when drinks were taken after 17 overs the visitors had slumped to 59-6.
Two wickets fell to Wikum immediately after drinks and at 68-8 the home team had the momentum.
Enter McCluskey, the vistors number nine batsman who batted very sensibly with good support for the number ten Nichols.
The pair put on36 for the 9th wicket before Dinith struck with the score on 95 meaning it was one wicket for the home side and 16 runs needed by the visitors to take the spoils.
Sadly, the home side were left to rue the absence of a spinner within their bowling ranks and when Mccluskey struck the winning runs the visitors were able to celebrate their 7th win in a row albeit they were made to work extremely hard in the process.
Congratulations to Boxmoor 1st X1 on maintain their winning run, meanwhile the home side must look to their batsman to up their game in the coming weeks to ensure this blip will not be repeated.
Nest week sees Hughesy and Boycey take on the mantle of running the side in the absence of Pett with an away fixture against Allenbury’s and County Hall 2nd X1.