The Parks , Fenners , Woollams . All wonderful places to begin a new season and so it was for PB 4s on Saturday . The team , hand picked and captained by Tim Ellis , started in the right fashion with a comprehensive win over an admittedly below par OA eleven .
Upon winning the toss , Ellis elected to bat and openers Shaun Harris & Charlie Mays strode confidently to the middle . A solid if unspectacular start was rudely interrupted when Harris pushed for a quick single but found his little legs only carried him 20yds before a direct hit ran him out for three .
Mays' new partner , Leo Packham , swished his bat at whatever the opposition bowled but only a few connected before an inswinging yorker had him LBW for 6. Batsman 4 , Sanjay Thangiah , played some lovely flicks off his hips a la Alistair Cooke . He was then clean bowled after changing his mind halfway through his shot , also for 6 . Some would say a la Alistair Cooke ! Young Lewis Taylor was next to pop in and pop back out again , 3 being the end result . Whilst all this was going on at one end , Mays had moved smoothly towards a final tally of 30 , which included a big six over square leg , before being caught in the covers .
The days star turn arrived in the shape of Nick Grapes , who scored a splendid 75 as support came in , said hello and got out . Ambridge LBW 2 , McParland bowled for 0 , Ellis bowled for 0 , and Khajuria caught for 1 watched at close quarters while Grapes played controlled shots to all parts of the ground . The innings ended with Grapes being given out LBW with batsman 11 , Askari Kumar , proudly walking off undefeated on 3 . Potters Bar were all out for 141 using 37 of their allotted 40 overs .
Was it enough ? That was one of the questions being asked during a splendid tea . The other was why can't we have profiteroles at tea more often ?
The answer was an emphatic yes . Kemal Khajuria bowled a quite fierce opening spell and with Mays from the other end , continuously beat the bat and caused problems . They were replaced by McParland and Grapes respectively and the status quo remained with OAs batsmen unable to break free of the stranglehold . However the best was yet to come . Captain Ellis made himself the second change , and with five Wednesday evenings in the nets behind him , took a wicket first ball . Your writer was quite taken aback by the celebration which included a forward roll on the square and was completed by a leap and punch of the air ! Thankfully it was just the normal handshaking and backslapping congratulations of his peers after wickets 2,3,4 & 5 . Ellis finished with figures of 3 overs , 1 maiden , 5 wickets for 7 runs . Valiantly as they tried , OAs were all out for 67 .