Pett his great ton in record stand against Northchurch

PUBLISHED: 18:59 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 26 October 2009

Saracens Herts League Division Two Northchurch 212-4 Potters Bar 2nds 213-0 A RECORD partnership between youngster Tom Pett and veteran Mike Palmer saw Potters Bar 2nds to a magnificent 10-wicket victory over Northchurch on Saturday. The opening pair sha

Saracens Herts League Division Two

Northchurch 212-4 Potters Bar 2nds 213-0

A RECORD partnership between youngster Tom Pett and veteran Mike Palmer saw Potters Bar 2nds to a magnificent 10-wicket victory over Northchurch on Saturday.

The opening pair shared an unbroken stand of over 200 as Potters Bar claimed maximum points.

The result sees Bar climb further away from danger in Division Two of the Saracens Herts Cricket League.

Skipper Greg Hodge lost the toss and Northchurch opted to bat first on a typically flat Walk wicket.

Early runs were hard to find as Mark Taylor and Chris Boyce bowled with great control.

Taylor took the first wicket caught, just about, by skipper Hodge at mid-on.

Northchurch's Pearce and opener Cox were then to put on an excellent second-wicket partnership of 80 runs.

Despite keeping the scoring rate low, Bar didn't ever really look like taking a wicket.

Finally Pearce chipped a ball from Dass to Hodge at mid-on and the fielder took his second catch of the game with slightly more ease.

Cox fell to Dass for a well-made 63, leaving Northchurch skipper Hobley and overseas player Alam to take the score to 210.

Alam fell with two balls to go, meaning the league's most popular man Ally Fantham had a very short innings.

He did manage a single off the only ball he faced and took Northchurch's score to a competitive 212.

In reply, Northchurch were unlucky to lose their opening bowler Pearce after one over to injury, but nothing could take away the excellence of the partnership between Pett and Palmer.

Pett played shots all round the wicket to the seamers and was particularly strong off his legs.

Palmer played equally well and guided the youngster throughout his innings.

Having dispatched Northchurch's seamers and seen their partnership rise to 65 runs, Bar's openers started to take apart the spin attack of Dight and Alam.

Pett was able to launch Dight for three maximums into the leg side, whilst Palmer used his feet and hit down the ground beautifully.

Northchurch turned back to their seamers, but this only spurred on Pett, who pulled a six down towards the pavilion.

He finally got to his maiden league 100 with a push to mid-on. Pett had played beautifully.

With 30 needed and Palmer requiring 20 for his ton, it seemed that both openers would reach three figures.

Palmer, however, let Pett power on, with the youngster finishing 119 not out off 109 balls.

Palmer was unbeaten on 89 from as many balls as Bar won by 10 wickets for the first time in Herts Division Two.

Both batsmen played excellently. Palmer's guidance no doubt helped young Pett, but the flair the youngster played with, particularly against the spinners, meant that he fully deserved all the plaudits.

Commenting on the victory, skipper Hodge was understandably pleased.

He said: "I am very proud of young Tom. He just missed out on three figures on this weekend last year and has been waiting for this moment for quite a while.

"Mike has played a crucial innings and helped Tom through.

"However, it is great to see the youngster getting the attention.

"Hopefully over the next two weeks the two of them can add a few more runs."

Bar face WGC 2nds on Saturday in what will be a tense derby game.

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