Sat 20
1st X1
North Mymms CC


By Mark Shepherd
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POTTERS BAR 301 for 6 wkts in 60 overs beat North Mymms 163 all out in 37.1 overs

Potters Bar won their 6th game in 7 with a resounding win over local rivals North Mymms on Saturday.

The depleted visitors won the toss and asked Bar to bat first on a difficult surface early on due to the incessant rain through Friday and most of Saturday morning. However Bar got off to a good start and managed to get through the first hour and despite a few scares, Steve Gale and Charlie Scott laid the foundations for a good total.

The pair shook hands on a 50-run partnership in 83 balls but on 57 Bar lost two wickets in 5 balls. Charlie Scott nibbled at one from Richard Oxley and was comfortably taken at second slip by Neil Bamford for 25 and four balls later, Rehan Hassan was adjudged leg before for 0. This brought Rishi Patel to the wicket and he played a fine attacking innings, finding the boundary 6 times and clearing the ropes three times as he and skipper Steve Gale sped to a stand of 50 in just 30 balls as the visitors looked short on answers.

Rishi Patel perished on 43 as he was caught at slip but Bar were already in a strong position by now at 124 for 3. Steve Gale completed his second league fifty of the season in 75 balls and he and Pat Scott saw it through to the lunch break sat 166 for 3 with 28 overs left of their allocation.

Bar lost skipper Steve Gale who was run out in the second over after the break but this brought the Scott brothers (Patrick and James) to the wicket and Pat made batting look easy, as he has done all season as he deposited the bowling to all parts and sped to a third half century in just 7 games as Bar popped past the 200-mark.

Patrick was dismissed for 60 as he was caught at mid-off but this brought Ashane Wijesuriya to the wicket and he and James Scott added 86 in just 74 balls which equalled the club Herts league record for the 6th wicket. James Scott ended 49* but Ashane Wijesuriya who was caught at long-on in the final delivery of the innings, made 54 from 41 balls, hitting his first fifty for the club.

Bar ended 301 for 6 from their 60 overs a total that would be testing for a full strength Mymms side, let alone one bereft of skipper Nesan Jeyaratnam, Steve Snell, Imran Qayyum and Rhys Wynne.

The Mymms innings got off to an amazing start as Hamza Ahmed struck the ball to all parts in a staggering assault on Thilan Walallawita, His first over went 4 6 6 6 0 6 with proper cricket shots and the visitors were off to a flier as the score was sat 32/0 off 2 overs.

However the other end proved to be the problem.

First to go was Hamza Qayyum who was so laid back, he wasn't anticipating Ashane Wijesuriya's excellent recovery from an awful Steve Gale throw where he flicked the ball backwards and he was run out for 10. Neil Bamford snicked to Pat Scott for 0, Dan Millard was leg before and when Jigar Mehta bowled skipper Andy Lewis for just 3, the game was as good as done.

Tea came with Mymms sat 66 for 4 but to his credit Hamza Ahmed still carried on and the big shots were now displaced by clever deflections as Bar had no answer to his batting.

However, prior to tea the other end was a problem as Richard Soulsby was adjudged run out for 14 and when Richard Oxley was bowled for 1 but the prized wicket of the day was that of Hamza Ahmed who'd batted beautifully for 82 but perished at deep midwicket as his big shot held up in the breeze, almost like a Shane Lowry 9-iron and Pat Scott who didn't have to move took it comfortably. The wicket taker was Thilan Walallawita, who'd got his man after taking unprecedented punishment in his first spell where he'd gone for 43 in his first 3 overs.

Bar wrapped up the innings, winning by 138 runs with Luke Chapman excelling with the ball taking 4/33 and there were 2 wickets each for Jigar Mehta and Thilan Walallawita coupled with 2 run-outs.

So 6 wins in 7 matches and next up sees the boys travel to Totteridge Millhillians looking to right some wrongs from the first encounter in May 2019.

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Sat 20, Jul 2019