Potters Bar 3rd X1 lost by 30 runs to Old Elizabethans 2nd X1 at a very windy Dame Alice Owens School on Saturday.
The home side won the toss and elected to field first and the decision proved to be a good one as the bowlers immediately got on top of the visitors batting line up.
15 year old Aditya Sembian bowled a beautiful opening spell of 2-6 from 5 overs and was backed up by 13 year old Callum Lloyd who then took over to take 1-12 from his initial 5 over spell.
Evergreen Chris Boyce then came into the attack to further strangle the batsman taking 2-16 from 8 overs.
However the visitors number 5 Shah batted with a great deal of patience and ensured that the game would not be a stroll for the understrength hosts.
Sembian and Lloyd both returned to the attack and both bowled superbly in dismissing the visitors for 112.
Sembian finished with 10 overs 3 for 15 and Lloyd 8 overs 4 for 23, which was a great reward for some beautiful bowling by the youthful pair.
In reply the home side appeared to be in full control of the game at 33-0 in the 12th over before an amazing clutter of wickets that saw the home side lose 8 wickets for just 15 runs in 10 overs.
The visitors twin spin attack both bowled well but the response and shot selection of the home side batters left a great deal to be desired.
At 48-8 the game appeared to be over but Boyce and Lloyd showed the other batters how to play in taking the score up to 81 with ease before Lloyd was bowled soon followed by the final wicket on 82 to see the home side fall by 30 runs.
‘The result was hugely frustrating as the pith played absolutely fine, our wickets all fell through a combination of good bowling by the visitors bowling but more so extremely poor shot selection. Boycey and Callum showed how to bat and despite the weakened line up we should have scored the runs required.
However the 3rd X1 is about breeding players for the higher X1’s in the future and in Callum Lloyd and Aditya Semian the club have a couple of top prospects that will both go on to play a lot of cricket and become 1st X1 players of that I am sure.”