Skipper Scott breaks 1,000 runs landmark as Potters Bar secure Premier Division status

PUBLISHED: 11:30 02 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:30 02 September 2016

Potters Bar skipper James Scott during his century knock. Picture: Mark Long

Potters Bar skipper James Scott during his century knock. Picture: Mark Long

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Skipper James Scott struck his third century of the season as Potters Bar secured their Premier League status with a win over basement club Botany Bay.

A knock of 118 saw Scott help his side to a vital victory but also break the 1,000 ECB league career runs barrier for Bar.

The hosts got off to a good start with James Scott and Liam Gough putting on their fourth 50 plus opening partnership of the summer giving Bar a good platform to set a testing target.

Gough eventually perished lbw on 29 to Danny Muschamp.

Skipper Scott motored on and he and Harrison Palmer got the total up to 146 before the latter was stumped off the bowling of Luke Chapman for 19.

The young spinner then nipped out Sergio Fedee and Pat Scott in quick time to leave Bar four down for 177 with the overs starting to drift away.

Sixteen-year-old Charlie Scott (28) and Mitchell Phelps (39) also chipped in with decent scores to get Bar to 285-8 from 50 overs.

Bay batted sensibly in the early-going. Mark Bott and Ben Howgego were going well and put on 72 but the introduction of Thilan Walallawita got the breakthrough and the wicket of Bott for 36.

Bay talisman Howgego went on to make his fifth half century of the season but things were soon to fall apart.

Ryan Wallace and Imran Shah gave Pat Scott his best league return (2-28) and doubling his league wicket tally.

James Scott got the vital wicket of Paul Summerskill for just 13 and Walallawita took the prized scalp of Howgego for 71 as Bar closed in on the win.

Phelps (4-24) effectively cleaned up the lower order leaving the visitors dismissed for 200 and safety assured.


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