Harpenden return to play-off places with six-wicket win at Potters Bar

James Latham thumped 88  to guide Harpenden to victory over Potters Bar in the Herts Cricket League

James Latham thumped 88 to guide Harpenden to victory over Potters Bar in the Herts Cricket League. - Credit: DANNY LOO

Most cricket failed to beat a heavy deluge of rain but some did - with Harpenden taking full advantage with victory moving them back into the play-off places at the top of the Herts Cricket League Premier Division. 

The six-wicket win away to reigning champions Potters Bar was rain-affected but it meant Harps are now ahead of their hosts with four games to go.

They won the toss and elected to field first, keeping a tight rein on the home side as they declared on a attainable 129-7 from 40 overs.

And that Bar got into three figures was purely down to 60-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Miguel Marchado (36) and Blaine Bannister (26).

Ashley Sivarajah was again the star with the ball for Harps, taking 4-30 in 12 overs but there was ample support around him, Tom Atkinson grabbing two wickets and Arthur Garrett one.

Harpenden's target of 130 was revised so that they would only face 39 overs maximum.

In the end though they only needed one ball of the 36th over to get across the line.

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James Latham took top honours for the visitors, thumping 88 in 108 deliveries with nine fours and a six among them.

He was the fourth man out but by that time Harpenden were just three runs from success.

And they came from a boundary just two balls later, Zaid Kareshi finishing unbeaten on 25.

Harpenden are now fourth, four points ahead of Potters Bar and 35 behind leaders Radlett, who remained top despite their game with Welwyn Garden City being one of the many to be washed out without a ball being bowled.

Josh De Caires top-scored for Middlesex in their Royal London Cup defeat to Kent Spitfires

Josh De Caires top-scored for Middlesex in their Royal London Cup defeat to Kent Spitfires on his home ground at Radlett. - Credit: KARYN HADDON

There was some cricket played at Cobden Hill 24 hours earlier though as Middlesex fell to a 21-run loss against Kent Spitfires in the Royal London Cup with Radlett's own Josh De Caires the top scorer on 43

He said: "It was a tough but me and Jim [Harris] fought pretty hard to try and drag it back and couldn’t quite get there in the end.

“We were pretty happy at the halfway stage, I think. Obviously Radlett’s really fast-scoring and we felt we restricted them pretty well.

“I love playing at Radlett. I know the ground well and a few of my mates were in the crowd so it’s always nice when I get the chance to walk out here.”

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