Gallery: Bar successful in big run chase
PUBLISHED: 19:27 02 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 26 October 2009
Home Counties Premier League Division Two (East) Hemel Hempstead Town 259-7 Potters Bar 260-6 POTTERS Bar maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a four-wicket win over Hemel Hempstead Town on Saturday. Returning Bar skipper Len Cooper guided
Home Counties Premier League Division Two (East)
Hemel Hempstead Town 259-7 Potters Bar 260-6
POTTERS Bar maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a four-wicket win over Hemel Hempstead Town on Saturday.
Returning Bar skipper Len Cooper guided his side to victory in a run fest at The Walk with 260-6 in reply to their visitors' 259-7.
For the hosts, Lanka de Silva was the top man with the bat after scoring 64.
The ex-Sri Lankan Test player has now scored 193 runs in his three hits at an average of 91.50.
On a cloudy, muggy morning, Hemel won the toss and batted first on the wet pitch.
Hemish Ilangaratne and skipper Giles Berry slowly started to accumulate the runs and made it to their 50 partnership in under an hour.
After the pair congratulated themselves on the good start, skipper Berry went for 27 to a Cooper catch at mid-off from Nesan Jeyaratnam's delivery.
This brought Ricardo Mohamed to the wicket and in the next two hours he and Ilangaratne upped the rate.
Mohamed struck four after four and arguably played the shot of the season so far as he effortlessly caressed Nick Walker for six straight back over his head.
The talented batter then completed his 50 in 50 balls.
Just two overs later, Ilangaratne also completed his half century in 119 balls.
Lunch arrived with 40 overs bowled, but Hemel were 146-1 and looking for a total of between 270 and 280.
Still the rate of around six an over was easily achieved as Bar bowled some pretty average fare, which was dispatched with ease.
Bar did get a breakthrough as Cooper had Ilangaratne stumped by de Silva for 69.
The score was now 181-2 with 13 overs remaining.
Brett Penny came to the wicket to join Mohamed.
After a dolly catch being dropped by Jeyaratnam on one, Penny put bat to ball in impressive style.
After a breezy 18 from 20 deliveries, he perished as he was taken by Will van der Maat.
It was the ex-Old Owens youngster who then ran out Matt Potton for seven.
Neil Morgan went to an amazing diving catch at extra cover by Cooper off of Adam Norman for a duck.
Hemel were now 219-5 with a shade over six overs remaining.
However, Mohamed was joined by Nick Hodgins and they increased the flagging run rate as Bar started to wilt.
In the 57th over Ricky Mohamed completed an exquisite century off of just 97 balls.
He struck two sixes and 13 fours in his ton.
Hemel's Hodgins brought up the 250 with a towering six off Cooper, who was a little ring rusty after four weeks out with a side strain.
However, he quickly removed Hodgins (14) and Collman (0) in the same over as Hemel completed their innings of 259-7.
Bar needed to get 260 to win and they started sedately with both Steve Gale and Jeyaratnam struggling.
However, with some good defence and rotation of strike, the opening pair put on their first 50 partnership of the season in 79 balls.
Bar finally broke the shackles in the first bowling change of the innings.
Gale struck Alex Collman for 15 in his first over and nine balls later he was celebrating his second league 50 in succession.
The former Hatfield skipper had hit five fours and had an all run four as well.
Two deliveries later, Gale drilled a short ball straight to deep mid-wicket where he was caught.
Bar were now 77-1 and it wasn't long before Nesan Jeyaratnam went for 18.
Adam Norman joined Sri Lankan de Silva at the wicket and they saw things through to the tea break at 122-2 with Bar still needing another 138 to win in a minimum of 22 overs.
The runs started to come at a steady rate as the duo put on a 50 stand.
Norman then fell for 31 with Bar 156-3.
Former Leicestershire player Walker came to the wicket and immediately showed his intent by launching Hodgins into The Walk for six.
His batting partner de Silva made 50, which came in 57 balls.
However, Walker ran the Sri Lankan out for 64 and Bar were 200-4.
The hosts still had lots of batting left and needed 60 to win.
Jared Norman came in and was fired out leg before for just one and then Dean Dass went clean bowled for eight.
In came Dave Breeze and he soon struck a huge six off the tiring Hodgins.
With the now clearly knackered Penny going for 10 in his 14th over, Bar were as good as home.
Six runs were required for victory and Walker struck Hodgins high over the boundary rope to claim the win.