North Mymms stay second after draw with Harpenden

PUBLISHED: 12:56 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:01 19 June 2017

North Mymms' players leave the clubhouse ahead of their SHCL Premier Division draw with Harpenden. Picture: SIMON JENKINS

North Mymms' players leave the clubhouse ahead of their SHCL Premier Division draw with Harpenden. Picture: SIMON JENKINS

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A stubborn and impressive knock of 73 not out by Nesan Jeyaratnam helped North Mymms to a draw at home to Harpenden and stay second in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Premier Division.

He was supported late on by Rhett Bridgens, who remained undefeated on 41 at the close of play.

The visitors had threatened to take the spoils when they removed opener Hamza Qayyum with only the second ball and then took the wickets of Hamza Ahmed, Dan Millard, Andy Lewis and Alistair Chilcott to leave Mymms on 99-5 chasing Harpenden’s total of 262-8.

But the sixth-wicket stand of 77 between Jeyaratnam and Bridgens ensured Mymms picked up the draw.

Jeyaratnam’s innings saw him hit nine fours and face 146 balls.

Earlier Mymms had battled hard to contain Harpenden.

Another strong sixth-wicket stand, this time accounting for 59, made a difference.

James Latham was key to this as he bludgeoned six fours and three sixes from 79 balls to finish on 85.

Opener Gregg Cooper had also chipped in with 81.

The wickets were shared around for the hosts with Qayyum picking up 3-55 and Dharmarajsinh Jhala and Jigar Mehta both claiming two victims.

Home Farm will again be the venue on Saturday as North Mymms host fourth-placed Bishop’s Stortford.

The seconds narrowly missed out on a victory in Division Four A as Parkfield & Headstone won by just eight runs.

Mohit Suhalka grabbed 5-42 and Nathan Stiffin 4-24 as Mymms bowled the hosts out for 108.

Roshan Dan bowled seven maidens in his 10 overs, finishing on 1-8.

The reply stuttered along but at 66-3 they still looked favourites for the win.

And that was still the case even after a four more wickets fell with Mymms needing 13 more with three wickets in hand.

But those wickets fell for just five runs leaving them all out for 100.

The resault leaves them seventh ahead of a trip to Southgate Adelaide on Saturday.

The thirds were also away this week as they played out a draw against London Colney 2nds.

Cheeseman top scored with 59 while Cobb lead the bowling figures, taking 3-21.

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