Heath hero Potter puts Fareham under a spell

'CRICKET FAREHAM (SPORT) MRW 8/6/2013''Fareham & Crofton C.C. v Locks Heath C.C. at Bath Lane Recreation Ground Fareham on Saturday''Locks Heath player Scott Jones in bat at number one is going..going.,.GONE ! ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (131562-5557)
'CRICKET FAREHAM (SPORT) MRW 8/6/2013''Fareham & Crofton C.C. v Locks Heath C.C. at Bath Lane Recreation Ground Fareham on Saturday''Locks Heath player Scott Jones in bat at number one is going..going.,.GONE ! ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (131562-5557)
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Henry Potter made a magical debut as he helped Locks Heath to a thrilling two-wicket Hampshire League division one win at Fareham & Crofton.

Potter, in his first-ever appearance, starred with bat and ball.

He took five wickets before smashing 45 runs off 29 balls to put his side into a winning position.

And in a tense finale, Locks Heath held their nerve to scramble over the line.

It was a close-run thing but in the end Potter’s contribution proved to be the difference between the two sides, leaving his skipper Jack Levy mightily relieved.

‘It was an impressive debut and he will certainly be one to watch,’ said Levy.

‘He has played a decent level of cricket with Kings College in Taunton and Loughborough University.

‘Because he plays rugby with Chris and Mike Boyd (Locks Heath players), he has come along to our club.

‘And although he can’t play every week, he will certainly have an impact.

‘He is an aggressive seam bowler, who gets good bounce with his high action.

‘When he came into bat at number seven, we still needed 80 runs to win but he turned things back in our favour.

‘He produced a couple of big hits with proper shots down the ground and then took 20 in one over from their leg-spinner.’

Fareham & Crofton captain Luke Gould won the toss but was soon regretting his decision to bat first.

He was back in the pavilion in the third over after spooning a catch to mid-off but Locks Heath failed to capitalise because of sloppy work in the field.

Opening bowler James Rolfe struggled to find his length.

But just when it looked like the hosts would stage a recovery, Potter blew them away.

Fareham & Crofton were bowled out for 183, leaving Locks Heath happy they had enough in their locker to secure the win.

‘It wasn’t as comfortable as we would have liked,’ said Levy.

Locks Heath’s gamble in opening with Scott Jones failed to come off, though, as they made the worst possible start to their run chase.

Jones had badly twisted his ankle in the warm-up and when he went to the crease he was bowled first ball planting seeds of doubt in the visitors’ mind.

Jack Paskins, Jon Richardson, Mike Boyd and Liam Moggeridge all made starts without going on to make big scores – and it looked ominous until Potter arrived at the crease.

But just when it looked as though he would see them home, he was out with 20 runs still needed.

Matt Light was dismissed first ball and despite having plenty of overs left, Locks Heath were crumbling.

It was left to Jack Levy and Rolfe to see them home – but even then Rolfe was dropped with six runs still required.

‘If they had taken that it would have been very interesting,’ said Levy.