Becker Cup catastrophe

Stevenage were flattened by Potters Bar in the quarter-finals of the Becker Cup on Sunday. The same side – with one exception – which chased over 300 to win at Hoddesdon were skittled out for 85 to lose by 10 wickets. Having lost the toss and been asked t

Stevenage were flattened by Potters Bar in the quarter-finals of the Becker Cup on Sunday.

The same side - with one exception - which chased over 300 to win at Hoddesdon were skittled out for 85 to lose by 10 wickets.

Having lost the toss and been asked to bat, Stevenage captain Albert Sohdi reminded his batsmen that their hosts had been bowled out for 66 in the league on the same ground the day before.

But the warning fell on deaf ears as Gary Brown, Saeed Ali (21), Sohail Idress, Gareth Berg and Graeme Duff were all guilty of trying big shots on a difficult wicket and being caught in the in-field.

With Ashley Bayes and Adil Zargar dismissed leg before and caught at silly point respectively, Stevenage were 46-7.

Dave Carr (29) and Sodhi took the score into the 70s before Carr edged to the wicketkeeper.

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Sodhi and Amit Dattani soon followed to leave a virtually undefendable total of 85.

Despite tight opening spells from Berg and Dattani, the Potters Bar openers survived.

With Sodhi having no option but to go all out for wickets, both openers benefited from the gaps in the infield and wide open spaces of the outfield.

Potters Bar eventually reached the total without loss with half their overs remaining.

P The Stevenage Academy lost to their more experienced counterparts from Langleybury.

Stevenage were all out for 145 after being reduced to 77-7 in 23 overs with only Scott Reid (15) reaching double figures on a wicket of uneven bounce.

It took an Academy record eighth wicket stand of 54 between Luke Martin (34) and Danny Hanslow in 13 overs to steadily raise the total to respectability.

Stevenage bowled tidily with Sunjay Garg the pick of the bowlers, closely followed by Ashley Bennett, as the hosts won by five wickets in the 35th over.

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