POTTERNE remain top of the Premier One table after a sensational match away at Downend ended in a tie on Saturday, writes JONATHAN LEIGHFIELD.

A day before England’s men lifted the World Cup trophy at Lord’s following a dramatic tied super over, Neil Clarke’s Potterne were involved in a thrilling run chase in the top tier of regional club cricket.

Having lost the toss and consequently handed the ball first up, Potterne’s bowlers tried in vain to blunt Downend’s batsmen as they, led by Gloucestershire player Ian Cockbain (165), charged towards 354-7.

A fast start was needed by Clark’s men, but at 11-3 they did not get it. However, after Jake Goodwin’s 161 provided the catalyst for a wildly unlikely comeback, Potterne found themselves on 318-5 and within clear sight of the finishing line.

Yet, the 37 runs could not be achieved as the visitors’ tail collapsed and an incredible game was fittingly shared just hours before one of the most thrilling finals in sporting history.

Reflecting on a result where feelings were mixed for all concerned, Clark said: “It was so similar to the World Cup final in some ways.

“In terms of the tie and the fact that we were never sure of the result until it was over.

“They scored over 350 and Ian Cockbain batted so well. Then it was the same for us.

“We lost three early wickets and I don’t think there was anyone at the ground who thought we’d win – I certainly didn’t at 11-3.

“Someone had to go and score a big hundred and thankfully Jake Goodwin has batted superbly to score a quality 160.

“We were 318-5 and needed around 30 to win from 70-odd balls, so to get the tie from that point, we didn’t manage the game very well and we were disappointed to tie from that point.

“Then again, from the start, we never looked like getting close, so it was mixed emotions.

“But we’re still top, so it’s not the end of the world.

“I’ve got no doubt that this game will mean something come the end of the season.”

“Whether it means we’re five points short or we’re ahead by five points, I’m not sure, but I’ve got a feeling this game will mean something.

“It was a great game to be a part of, so I can’t complain.”