Gallery: Potters Bar pull clear at top after beating Mymms
PUBLISHED: 11:40 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 26 October 2009
Home Counties Premier League Division Two (East) Potters Bar 273-6 North Mymms 252-10 POTTERS Bar pulled clear at the top of the league table after beating bottom club and near neighbours North Mymms. Len Cooper s title-chasers maintained their unbeaten
Home Counties Premier League Division Two (East)
Potters Bar 273-6 North Mymms 252-10
POTTERS Bar pulled clear at the top of the league table after beating bottom club and near neighbours North Mymms.
Len Cooper's title-chasers maintained their unbeaten start to the Home Counties Premier League season with a 21-run win in a high-scoring match at Home Farm on Saturday.
Potters Bar posted a formidable 273-6 from 55.3 overs with former Leicestershire man Nick Walker and Nesan Jeyaratnam both claiming half centuries.
Despite in-form Ben Bagshaw also reaching his 50 in reply, Mymms were bowled out for 252 and are still searching for their first league victory of the summer.
Unbeaten Bar started the day joint top of the HCPL Division Two (East) table with Stevenage.
But with the North Herts side slumping to an embarrassing eight-wicket defeat after being bowled out for just 62 against Bishop's Stortford, Bar stormed 17 points clear at the summit.
The side from The Walk have now won four of their opening five games, with only an abandonment against Stevenage on May 17 preventing them having a 100 per cent league record.
While Saturday's victory extended Bar's lead over the rest, it piled further heartbreak on Mymms, who find themselves rooted at the foot of the table seven points below Langleybury.
Mymms bowled first on Saturday and started well with some tight deliveries from openers Dave Searle and Andy Cole.
Potters Bar's batsmen rode their luck early on and Mymms got their just rewards by removing form player Steve Gale.
Jeyaratnam then top scored with the bat with a superb knock of 89.
He was suitably backed up by in-form all-rounder Walker, who has been a huge success so far this season at The Walk.
Walker hit 51 as Bar declared in the 56th over with a challenging 273 on the board, giving the bowlers plenty of opportunity to get Mymms out in reply.
Pick of the Mymms bowlers was Rhys Wynne, who finished with figures of 5-92.
In reply the hosts lost two early wickets and were under pressure from the start.
The target seemed to be out of reach at tea but some hard-hitting from the middle order saw Mymms in contention.
However, some excellent flight and guile from Bar bowler Paul McGee saw the removal of some key Mymms wickets.
In-form number six Bagshaw took the challenge to the Bar bowlers and he began to bat his Mymms team into an interesting position.
But when Walker removed Bagshaw for a quick 56 the score was 202-8 and the game looked wrapped up for the visitors.
Cole and captain Neil Black had other ideas, taking Mymms up to 252.
But Black was removed by McGee and Cole was left with no partners to finish the job and Potters Bar won by 21 runs.
Bar stalwart McGee finished the game with figures of 5-24.
Potters Bar collected 25 points for the win, while Mymms' six-point haul will do them no favours in their battle to avoid the drop.
Bar visit Langleybury this Saturday and Mymms travel to Sawbridgeworth.