Herts Cricket League: Sportsmanship the big winner but North Mymms and Potters Bar put on a show just in case

PUBLISHED: 15:31 13 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:34 13 August 2018

North Mymms V Potters Bar - Steve Gale batting for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn Haddon

North Mymms V Potters Bar - Steve Gale batting for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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A display of sportsmanship was the highlight of an exceptional game of cricket between rivals North Mymms and Potters Bar that resulted in a narrow win for the former.

North Mymms V Potters Bar - North Mymms' Richard Soulsby was involved in a act of great sportsmanship. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonNorth Mymms V Potters Bar - North Mymms' Richard Soulsby was involved in a act of great sportsmanship. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The start at Home Farm had been delayed as heavy rain 24 hours earlier had left parts of the ground very wet and the damp surface would play a key part.

North Mymms V Potters Bar - Steve Gale batting for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonNorth Mymms V Potters Bar - Steve Gale batting for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

With Potters Bar batting first, Harrison Palmer turned for a second run but slipped and fell to ground.

North Mymms V Potters Bar - Steve Gale batting for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonNorth Mymms V Potters Bar - Steve Gale batting for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

It left him 20 yards from his crease and with the simple run-out beckoning wicket-keeper Richard Soulsby.

North Mymms V Potters Bar - Jason Bryceland bowling for North Mymms.


Picture: Karyn HaddonNorth Mymms V Potters Bar - Jason Bryceland bowling for North Mymms. Picture: Karyn Haddon

However, with Palmer clearly in distress, the Mymms man refused to dislodge the bails.

North Mymms V Potters Bar - Steve Gale batting for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonNorth Mymms V Potters Bar - Steve Gale batting for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

That display, sometimes forgotten in the world of modern sport, set the scene for another ding-dong derby.

North Mymms V Potters Bar .


Picture: Karyn HaddonNorth Mymms V Potters Bar . Picture: Karyn Haddon

Palmer was fine to continue after a short break but departed for 16 as the visitors suffered a poor start.

North Mymms V Potters Bar - Jason Bryceland bowling for North Mymms.


Picture: Karyn HaddonNorth Mymms V Potters Bar - Jason Bryceland bowling for North Mymms. Picture: Karyn Haddon

They were 64-5 at one point and only Steve Gale was making inroads on the scoreboard.

North Mymms V Potters Bar - Ben Taylor batting for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonNorth Mymms V Potters Bar - Ben Taylor batting for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

He eventually fell for 58, leaving Bar on 124-6, but dogged innings from Ben Taylor (36), Jigar Metha (23) and Luke Chapman pulled them up to 196 by the close.

North Mymms V Potters Bar - Steve Gale batting for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonNorth Mymms V Potters Bar - Steve Gale batting for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Rhys Wynne managed 3-25 while Imran Qayyum and Hamza Qayyum picked up two wickets each.

North Mymms V Potters Bar - Jason Bryceland bowling for North Mymms.


Picture: Karyn HaddonNorth Mymms V Potters Bar - Jason Bryceland bowling for North Mymms. Picture: Karyn Haddon

With more bad weather looming on the horizon, the hosts made a shaky start and lost Hamza Qayyum for four in the first over.

North Mymms V Potters Bar - Jason Bryceland bowling for North Mymms.


Picture: Karyn HaddonNorth Mymms V Potters Bar - Jason Bryceland bowling for North Mymms. Picture: Karyn Haddon

But a fine partnership of 127 between Nesan Jeyaratnam and Hamza Ahmed changed the momentum and put Mymms fully in the driving seat.

North Mymms V Potters Bar - Steve Gale batting for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonNorth Mymms V Potters Bar - Steve Gale batting for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Nesan Jeyaratnam was eventually bowled by Luke Chapman for an extremely patient 55, coming off 114 balls, while Hamza Ahmed batted on and got to 77 before he was run out by Palmer.

North Mymms V Potters Bar - Ben Taylor batting for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonNorth Mymms V Potters Bar - Ben Taylor batting for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Time was the hosts’ main enemy but they got home with six wickets in hand and five balls remaining and it was fitting that Soulsby was at the crease as the winning runs were scored.

North Mymms V Potters Bar - Jason Bryceland bowling for North Mymms.


Picture: Karyn HaddonNorth Mymms V Potters Bar - Jason Bryceland bowling for North Mymms. Picture: Karyn Haddon

It was Bar’s first loss in the league since mid-June and leaves them third.

North Mymms V Potters Bar - Jason Bryceland bowling for North Mymms.


Picture: Karyn HaddonNorth Mymms V Potters Bar - Jason Bryceland bowling for North Mymms. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Mymms on the other hand remain hot on the heels of leaders Totteridge Millhillians at the top of SHCL Premier Division.

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