Stalemate in derby despite centuries on both sides

PUBLISHED: 10:53 06 July 2017

Nesan Jayaratnam batting for North Mymms against Potters Bar. Picture: KARYN HADDON

Nesan Jayaratnam batting for North Mymms against Potters Bar. Picture: KARYN HADDON

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Centuries from Nesan Jayaratnam and Harrison Palmer meant North Mymms and Potters Bar played out an entertaining draw at The Walk.

The result will be disappointing for both of the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Premier Division rivals as it does their league chances no good at all.

Mymms picked up a total of 13 points but with leaders Welwyn Garden City claiming the full 30, they are now 52 points adrift in second place.

For Bar they finished with eight points and will now be looking over their shoulders as second-from-bottom Hertford claimed victory over Letchworth.

The hosts won the toss and elected to field.

It seemed to be an excellent decision as James Ilott and Alfie Duke removed Alistair Chilcott and Dan Millard with the score on 14.

That, however, brought Jayaratnam and Steve Snell to the crease and the new pair added 108 for the third wicket before Snell went for 72, forged from just 58 balls and containing 14 fours.

Andy Lewis added 34 to move Mymms onto 180-4 and Rhett Bridgens was out after Mymms had passed 200.

Jayaratnam had been there throughout, steadily adding runs but did not reach his 100 until they were down to their final pairing.

His total of 114 contained 11 fours and two sixes as Mymms ended their 60-over innings on 275-9.

James Scott ended as Bar’s best bowler, finishing on 3-32.

Steve Gale’s day ended early but fellow opener Palmer had a good day, hitting 17 fours in his 120 before being caught off the bowling of Bridgens.

He was the final wicket to fall for Bar who had struggled until late on to keep anyone with him.

At one stage they had slipped to 68-5 before 32 from Luke Chapman and 20* from Callum Baylis, coupled with Palmer’s heroics had changed the flow of the game.

Victory may have always been just out of reach but neither was defeat looming large once the three got together.

Bridgens was the pick of the Mymms attack and he ended with 4-57.

Jigar Mehta, Rhys Wynne and Dharmarajsinh Jhala got the other wickets.

Potters Bar face Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday while Mymms go to WGC.

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