Potters Bar 3rd X1 were beaten for the third game in a row on Saturday, going down by four wickets to Berkhamsted 2nd X1 in a home game as ever played at Dame Alice Owens School.
The home side won the toss and elected to bat first and the opening partnership of captain and vice captain Dave Pett and Andy Hughes, were under pressure from the off against some accurate swing bowling.
Both survived a dropped chance each as the visiting attack proved to be extremely accurate and difficult to score against.
However after a while both players settled in nicely and started to look more at home with boundaries being scored at regular intervals.
Drinks were taken with the home side well placed at 62-0 from 17 overs however when Hughes was caught at slip with the score on 68, batting proved to be difficult there on for the remainder of the innings.
Pett played nicely but just as he looked set for a big score was bowled for 48 playing a poor shot.
There was a very nice innings from Sir Charles of Blackheath who was playing his first game for 6 years and looked good before being adjudged LBW for 25.
The home sides batsman thereafter in truth struggled and the score of 173-9 from the 50 over allocation looked at least 40 / 50 below par.
Wickets proved hard to come by apart from one early strike by the ever reliable Wikum, as the visitors looked to make light work of the home side bowling attack.
Credit to the bowlers though who didn’t give up without a fight, as a good spell from Samith kept the home side in the game as he bowled with good control.
The Doc wasn’t at his best in his first spell but when he came back he bowled much better in taking three wickets to apply pressure to the now slightly nervous visitors.
15 year old Adjitya Sembian and 13 year old Callum Lloyd both bowled extremely well with great heart but the lack of depth in the home side bowling attack eventually took it’s toll as the visitors got over the line by 4 wickets.
The result was indeed a fair reflection of the day and next week the team must look to get beck to winning ways hopefully with better availability form above which will enable Pett to field a stronger side