McGee claims seven wickets as Bar ease to victory

PUBLISHED: 10:31 19 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 26 October 2009

Paul McGee in action

Paul McGee in action

Home Counties Premier League Division Two (East) Langleybury 207-9 Potters Bar 208-4 VETERAN spinner Paul McGee stole the show with an emphatic seven-wicket haul as Potters Bar cruised to victory over Langleybury. Batsman Steve Gale also put in another s

Home Counties Premier League Division Two (East)

Langleybury 207-9 Potters Bar 208-4

VETERAN spinner Paul McGee stole the show with an emphatic seven-wicket haul as Potters Bar cruised to victory over Langleybury.

Batsman Steve Gale also put in another sterling performance to make a half century as Bar consolidated their place at the top of HCPL Division Two (East).

Bar travelled to Langleybury last Saturday hoping to continue their excellent form and retain their 100 per cent record so far this season.

In previous years this fixture has proved to be somewhat of a banana skin for The Walk club.

Although Langleybury sat just one place from the bottom of the table, it was vital that the Bar players went into the game with the attitude and desire to win that has been so impressive this season.

Potters Bar skipper Leonard Cooper won the toss on a bright morning and elected to field first on a wicket that looked green and would hopefully provide some assistance for the seam attack.

Ex-Leicestershire paceman Nick Walker and Cooper took the new ball, but found it difficult to find an early breakthrough.

Langleybury skipper Greg Cooper looked in good form and was making the most of some average bowling.

Walker eventually made the breakthrough taking two quick wickets.

Greg Cooper and the Langleybury number four held firm after that shock, and both batsmen were hitting the ball with confidence, taking them to 100-2 after 33 overs.

The opposition looked all set for a big total, but the introduction of veteran left-arm spinner McGee put an end to their chances.

He managed to pick up three quick wickets, including that of Greg Cooper (60) and former Pakistan Test batsmen Shazzad Malik (2).

McGee continued to baffle the Langleybury batsmen, picking up four more wickets, pegging the opposition back to 207-9 from their 60 over allocation.

Having chased well so far this season, the Potters Bar batting line-up would have felt confident of the win.

Bar openers Steven Gale and Nesan Jeyaratnam were making the most of some below-par bowling and made it to 75 without loss after just 15 overs.

Soon after this Jeyaratnam was adjudged lbw for 30, but no real pressure was created by the opposition.

Potters Bar overseas player Lanka de Silva left off from where Jeyaratnam had started by hitting the ball to the boundary at regular intervals.

Gale was eventually dismissed after another fine innings for 67 and Sri Lankan de Silva soon followed the opener back to the dressing room for 50.

It was left for David Breeze (13 not out) and Adam Norman (12 not out) to bring home the bacon for Potters Bar as they cruised to a six-wicket victory.

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