Potters Bar 3rd X1 were beaten by 5 wickets by champions elect Boxmoor 1st X1 at a beautiful Boxmoor oval on Saturday.
Pett won the toss and had no hesitation in electing to bat first on a fantastic surface however as seems to be the norm, early wickets fell and the visitors found themselves up against it at 31-4 after 13 overs.
Step forward the Doc and Wikum for an excellent 115 run partnership that had the hosts firmly on the back foot and a large total looking to be set.
Doc batted beautifully playing at his most destructive best whilst Wikum played the anchor role to perfection.
Doc was out for 86 in an innings containing 2 x 6’s and 11 x 4’s which was as good as we have seen Doc bat all season.
When Doc was out, caught at long off, Hughesy joined Wikum for another 50 run partnership and at 196-5 with 12 overs to go, hopes were rightly high for a 250 plus total.
Unfortunately after Wikum fell for 39 soon followed by Hughesy for 29 the self-destruct button had well and truly been pressed and the innings sadly fell away to a disappointing 204 all out due to some very disappointing dismissals.
In reply the bowlers all tried their best putting the home side batters under pressure and when the 19th over of the innings arrived the home side were up against it at 62-3 with their top batters back in the hutch.
However, crucially there had been 20 wides bowled by this point and the pressure was being released constantly by a poor four ball or wide.
This really is something the bowlers must to look at improving, the total extras when the innings closed was 37, 28 of which were wides, which frankly is not acceptable if you are going to win matches at any level.
When the 4th wicket fell with the score on 94 the game was very evenly poised.
However a brilliant 5th wicket partnership of 99 swung the game in the host’s direction and they got home by 5 wickets.
Congratulations to the hosts Boxmoor 1st X1 who clinched promotion after what they will appreciate was a well earned victory on the day in a good game of cricket played on a great surface in a game played with great competitive spirit.