Potters Bar 3rd X1 ended their three match losing streak by the narrowest of margins 6 runs, in a fabulous game of cricket played against Cheshunt Rosedale 2nd X1 at Dame Alice Owens School
The home side won the toss and elected to bat first and the opening partnership of Dave Pett and Tom Kerr began well despatching anything loose from the visitors bowling attack until Kerr was caught at mid off for 17.
Skipper Pett soon followed, superbly caught in the gully by his opposite number Mark Gentle also for 17, to leave the home side 41-2 off 8 overs.
Doc came to the wicket and immediately looked much more like himself playing some beautiful drives and cuts all around the park.
Jineth 13 and Rocky 17 both got in giving Doc some support but sadly neither managed to hang around for too long and when the Doc was well taken on the boundary for an excellent 52 runs the home side looked short at 153-6.
However an excellent partnership between Ben Hunter and Aditya Sembian saw the total past the 200 mark until Hunter was LBW for a well made 33.
Sembian pushed on playing some lovely shots, including one beautiful pull for 6 over mid wicket until he fell for 24.
Thereafter a brief cameo from Samith 14 not out alongside Callum Lloyd 5 not out saw the home side finish on a more than respectable total of 230-8 in 50 overs.
In reply, Tom Kerr opened the bowling with Wikum, both of whom bowled well with Kerr striking in his second over bringing the wicket keeper Allum to the crease.
Callum Lloyd once again bowled an excellent spell and was rewarded with the wicket of the other opening batsman who was cleaned bowled by a lovely delivery from 13-year-old Lloyd.
Allum played beautifully scoring 92 in the reverse fixture between the two sides on the opening day of the season so the home side were fully aware that he was the prize wicket they needed.
However Allum had other ideas and he once again played very well not looking particularly troubled until he was adjudged LBW to Sean Lovell for a well-made 49.
However there was no sign any weakness in the visitors batting line up as the runs continued to flow from the bats of the middle order batsman.
With the pace off the ball, the Doc was now starting to show his credentials with the ball and wickets were falling fairly regularly at his end.
The Docs 10 over allocation was completed in the 39th over of the innings and he was rewarded with a 5 wicket haul for 48 runs.
As always Samith bowled with good control only conceding 35 runs from his 10 over spell.
When the 8th wicket fell at 179 the home side smelt victory however the visitors were also very much in control of their own destiny, particularly with skipper Gentle now coming to the crease.
Gentle used all his experience in playing the big shot when needed or nudging into the gap where possible and with 2 overs to go the visitors needed 12 runs for victory.
Crucially Gentle was well taken at extra cover off the final over of Samith’s spell thus meaning 6 runs were required form the final over.
Pett returned to take on the responsibility having bowled 4 overs for 19 runs previously and it really was game on with all to play for.
Up he strolled for the first ball which number 11 Gardener got an edge to into the safe hands of Rocky leaving the home side to celebrate a great victory in a fantastic game of cricket.
Credit must got to both sides for the great spirit the game was played within whilst the Man of the Match award goes to The Doc for a fantastic all round performance.