The 4's season has drawn to a close and a strange topsy-turvy season it was.
We had a very difficult start playing our opener with 9-men against Baldock, who would eventually go on to win the league. In spite of the inevitable loss, some good performances stood out with Ajay Sarin making 70 on debut. After this things took a turn for the worse as we lost 5 games straight throwing away matches against Preston and Old Owens and finding ourselves firmly rooted to the bottom of the table. We were throwing our wickets away too cheaply and were a shadow of the side that challenged for promotion the previous year. To our credit we staying positive and went to the nets and things started to turn around and we only lost 1 of our next 8 matches.
We kicked off with an excellent performance against Tewin where we scored over 220 with Scott de la Fuente hitting a career best 86 and Tim Ellis removing their top 4 for just 8 runs and then got an excellent win against Baldock away where Sanjay Sharma starred with bat and ball and Alex Bolt bowled an excellent spell to rip out there middle order. Another win quickly followed against Preston where young colt Harry Cartman and old hand Ajay Sarin put on 150 together for a comfortable win.
Altogether we only lost 2 of our last 10 matches and will comfortably finish in mid table which after our start is a fantastic effort. Martyn has driven the 4's forward in the last few years and his passion for Potters Bar Cricket Club is clear both on and off the pitch and I for one think the club is lucky to have him involved.
We have had some excellent new additions to the team with Ajay Sarin and Sanjay Sharma both becoming huge influences on the team as the season wore on with Ajay averaging 29 with the bat and Sanjay 45 with both or them taking vital wickets. The Bolt brothers also made there debuts this season and despite not having much of a cricket background have contributed massively to the team. Adam and Alex are both big hitting lower order batsmen who flayed it to all parts at hatfield and tewin respectively and were unplayable at times with the ball. They will improve hand over fist next year where they will both win games on there own. Chris Mansfield came back to the club later on in the season from the wilderness but proved he still has it at the top of the order and will be an asset next year. Jeff Barnes had a stop start year due to injuries and work but was as reliable as always and Sanj Thangiah had his best year behind the stumps that I have seen so far. Sean Harris and Scott de le Fuente were as dependable as ever and with them having better availability next year will both push for top run scorer. Phil Root has improved out of sight this year and the pleasure he gets from playing is what it's all about.
Our colts all showed improvement this year with Max Hall and Sean Lovell both kicking on and will be climbing the teams in years to come and special thanks to Graham Lovell for selflessly umpiring most of our games.
Notable moments from this year include Martyn dropping perhaps the easiest catch seen in the county for many a year, Ajay chuntering to himself in various dialects after he gets out and they then bring on there 60 year old "spinner" next ball and Adam buying copious amounts of cricket equipment each week to convince himself he's a cricketer.
Although results weren't quite as good as we had hoped this year I think it has been a massive success. The enthusiasm shown by the whole team had been magnificent and every game has been played competitively but with a smile on our faces. Long may it continue...