On a warm and breezy day at The Hutchinson Hollow, The Rams welcomed Luton Town & Indians 2nd XI for their opening preseason fixture. The visitors won the toss and, with the track looking slightly moist, elected to have a bowl.
Sean Stevens (26) and Tom "The Gunshow" Smart (36) got the hosts off to a good start before Stevens was caught at slip and Smart was bowled on the drive. This brought skipper Stephen "Dave" Williams and Mark "Dilly Dilly" Dilley to the crease. Williams had clearly taken offence to the new housing estate as he proceeded to launch everything over the fence before retiring himself at second drinks with a score of 74 from 51 balls. At the other end, Dilley clearly felt for the Luton bowlers as he meandered to a leisurely 17* from 72 balls before being hooked off by the skipper with 6 overs remaining to allow new man Alex Scott-Ruddock an opportunity to show his batting prowess.
James Worboys (29) went the first ball following Dilley's departure and he was soon followed by Dan Hall (2) who was run out whilst taking a stroll. New man Scott-Ruddock (6) didn't last long on debut as he was unfortunate to get an edge onto his pads which found it's way on to the stumps.
Kieran Whitehall made short work of bowling Will "Bridget" Jones (1) and then getting Joe Waker (0) caught and bowled before James Howlett (7*) and Ramohan Bhogal (1*) saw out the Potton innings to 235-7 from their 45 overs.
Skipper Williams decided to "mix up" the bowling attack by not actually mixing it up at all and opening with himself and James Howlett. The double bluff paid dividends though as they rattled through the Luton top order. Howlett had D Patel (5) caught behind and Williams chipped in by having Ali (7) caught behind and bowling Tailor for 1.
The Luton middle order fared no better than the top order as Dan Hall had Tegbir Singh (9) caught by Scott-Ruddock, Bhogal ran out Singh (7) and then bowled Ilyas (1) and Scott-Ruddock picked up his first Potton wicket with the scalp of Soni for 7.
Skipper Rickesh Patel (21) and Whitehall (17*) showed there was some fight in the Luton tail with a good partnership before Scott-Ruddock removed the captain and Will "Alun Wyn" Jones removed next man Parkar for 0.
Last man Arshdeep Singh delayed the inevitable with a speedy 26 runs at the end of the innings but he was finally removed by Joe Waker to bring the innings to a close at 113.
A good start for new skipper Williams even if his man management does require some improvements...