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
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.
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.
With Potters Bar batting first, Harrison Palmer turned for a second run but slipped and fell to ground.
It left him 20 yards from his crease and with the simple run-out beckoning wicket-keeper Richard Soulsby.
However, with Palmer clearly in distress, the Mymms man refused to dislodge the bails.
That display, sometimes forgotten in the world of modern sport, set the scene for another ding-dong derby.
Palmer was fine to continue after a short break but departed for 16 as the visitors suffered a poor start.
They were 64-5 at one point and only Steve Gale was making inroads on the scoreboard.
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.
Rhys Wynne managed 3-25 while Imran Qayyum and Hamza Qayyum picked up two wickets each.
With more bad weather looming on the horizon, the hosts made a shaky start and lost Hamza Qayyum for four in the first over.
But a fine partnership of 127 between Nesan Jeyaratnam and Hamza Ahmed changed the momentum and put Mymms fully in the driving seat.
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.
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.
It was Bar’s first loss in the league since mid-June and leaves them third.
Mymms on the other hand remain hot on the heels of leaders Totteridge Millhillians at the top of SHCL Premier Division.