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Potter puts Walsall in their place; Cannock bt Walsall by 137 runs.

CAPTAIN Laurie Potter hit an unbeaten century and South African all-rounder Johan Uys took 5-22 from 16 overs as Cannock gained sweet revenge for an early-season mauling by League leaders Walsall.

The Premier Division newcomers were handed a nine-wicket thrashing on a dull day at Gorway in only their second match of the campaign.

But in yesterday's glorious sunshine, Potter and his men came of age as a top flight team in an often ill-tempered match.

Batting doggedly on a slow and far from easy wicket, Cannock hit 229-3 with opener Potter finishing on 122 not out.

They then took Walsall wickets at regular intervals to dismiss the visitors for 92 with 9.3 overs to spare.

None of the Walsall batsmen were able to make a reasonable score, unlike their Cannock counterparts.

Only opener Rick Swift (8), who fell to Keith Arnold (2-61) with the score at 30 in the 11th over, failed to make a valuable contribution.

Number three batsman Jason Revell (41) put on 76 in 24 overs with Potter before he was caught at point off Chris Boroughs.

Uys (32) then figured in a 74-run third wicket stand with Potter, the Springbok becoming Arnold's 400th Birmingham League victory when he was trapped lbw by the Oxfordshire bowler in the 55th over.

At that stage, Cannock were scoring at barely three runs per over, but Potter and wicketkeeper Mark Humphries plundered 49 runs from 31deliveries in an unbroken fourth wicket partnership.

Former Leicestershire player Potter struck 13 fours and a six as he carried his bat in an excellent knock which none of the Walsall batsmen were able to match.

The visitors lost their first wicket in only the second over, Paul Baker (2) falling lbw to left arm spinner Guy Bulpitt.

Baker's opening partner Steve Dean (19) was lbw to Paul Thomas in the ninth over, following which Uys cut a swathe through the rest of the Walsall batting.

The all-rounder dismissed Phil Oliver (3), Buroughs (19), Ashley Perry (0), Ian McCarter (6) and Jagbir Dhillon (2), Potter chipping in with the wicket of number eight batsman Paul Wicker (2) as Walsall slumped to 68-8 in the 39th over.

The visitors eked out another 24 runs in 12 overs before they finally succumbed, Potter (2-11) getting rid of Arnold (11) before captain Richard Mills (20) - who had batted from the 13th over - was last man out, lbw to Thomas (2-20).
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Title Annotation:Cricket
Author:Leighton, Tony
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jul 11, 1999
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