Thrilling derby but victory eludes both Potters Bar and North Mymms
PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 June 2018
The first round of timed games in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League produced a tense finish in the derby clash between Potters Bar and North Mymms.
Having been set the total of 240-9, Mymms found themselves at 206-9 and time running out.
And neither side could find the extra bit to push them over the line.
It was a thrilling encounter which started with Bar batting first and Steve Gale looking in imperious form.
Along with Harrison Palmer they put on 69 for the first wicket before Gale teamed with skipper James Scott to add another 71 for the second wicket.
He finally went for 85 as he holed out to deep square but he departed with Bar in a strong position.
However, Mymms responded excellently after lunch with their bowling attack firing on all cyclinders.
They took seven wickets for just 70 runs with Scott (49) and Zawar Hussain (35) contributing the most and 11 in the last over from Callum Baylis getting Potters Bar to their final total.
Dharmarajsinh Jhala and Imran Qayyum were the stars for Mymms claiming 4-37 and 3-89 respectively.
The visitors to The Walk knew they had 55 overs to reach their total and started with a flourish.
Hamza Qayyum struck seven boundaries, including a six, inside the first four overs but Mymms old boy Jigar Mehta got Hamza Ahmed and then Qayyum to leave them 44-2.
It brought Steve Snell in alongside Nesan Jeyaratnam and the pair put on 50 in 57 balls as Mymms looked in good touch.
Snell in particular took the attack to the Bar bowlers but Luke Chapman managed to slow the progress of the away side with the wicket of Jeyaratnam.
Two balls later he had Andy Lewis leg before and Bar kept toiling away.
Richard Soulsby was caught at bat pad and when Imran Qayyum was bowled by Thilan Walallawita for a duck, the hosts looked in total control.
But Mymms still had Snell in the middle and he powered on, taking the score from 112-6 to 193-8 before he was finally bowled by Mehta for a fine 91 off 100 balls.
Rhys Wynne was the last man out for 27 but Mymms saw out the next 10 overs leaving Bar with a winning draw.
Mymms are now second while Bar have slipped to sixth.