Potters Bar's grip on top spot slips in the rain

PUBLISHED: 11:18 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:53 26 October 2009

Len Cooper bowling

Len Cooper bowling

Home Counties Premier League Division Two (East) Hemel Hempstead 100-0 Potters Bar 0 — match abandoned POTTERS Bar s abandoned game on Saturday leaves them nervously looking over their shoulder at the top of the table. Drizzle and then heavy rain curtail

Home Counties Premier League Division Two (East)

Hemel Hempstead 100-0 Potters Bar 0 - match abandoned

POTTERS Bar's abandoned game on Saturday leaves them nervously looking over their shoulder at the top of the table.

Drizzle and then heavy rain curtailed Bar's march towards the league title at the weekend against Hemel Hempstead.

Bar's lead in the Home Counties Premier Division Two (East) has shrunk from 52 points four weeks ago to now just eight points with five games left to play.

A green Hemel pitch was suffering from the odd damp patch from a set of covers which didn't quite do their job.

Bar won the toss with the rain coming down, but wasted the new ball.

They should have struck early on as makeshift opener James Potton was dropped by Steve Gale.

That drop was as good as it got for Bar. As the rain got heavier, the bowling became more erratic and Hemel put the visitors to the sword.

Hemish Ilangaratne batted well and looked to attack from ball one and he continued his amazing sequence of scores against Potters Bar.

In the last three years he has now averaged 82.25 and would have increased on that had it not have been for the rain.

The 50 partnership came up in just 61 balls and Ilangaratne brought up his 50 in 62 balls, striking seven boundaries.

Potton played nicely at the other end and was 42 not out as the 100 was reached in 21 overs.

Umpires finally brought a halt to play as conditions were quite frankly ridiculous.

Sadly as the game was called off at about 2pm many of the Bar's players were en route to watch the club's 2nds when the sun came out.

But the way Bar had started had probably put paid to them gaining a positive result anyway.

Second in the league table Bishop's Stortford closed the gap on Bar at the top.

Stortford beat Sawbridgeworth and are now right up there with a great chance.

Bar will be looking to get a win under their belts on Saturday as they take on derby rivals North Mymms at The Walk.

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