Delight for Welwyn Garden City, but despair for North Mymms
PUBLISHED: 16:13 03 September 2013 | UPDATED: 16:16 03 September 2013
WELWYN Garden City gave themselves a real chance of avoiding relegation from HCPCL Division One on Saturday with a vital one-wicket victory against derby rivals North Mymms.
Unfortunately it is not happy reading for Mymms, who are in the bottom two in the division and will need a win and rely on other teams to slip up to avoid the dreaded drop.
He may not have made a sizeable score, but Welwyn Garden City club stalwart Ray Hodge’s knock of two could turn out to be the most important runs of a difficult season.
The No. 11 nudged his side over the finish line on the very last ball, keeping his cool after some of his team-mates had lost theirs.
Opening the batting, Mymms put on a respectable 235-6, Nesan Jeyaratnam, not for the first time this season, their star man hitting an unbeaten 105.
Wickets were shared around for Welwyn Garden City, with James Scott ending with best figures of 2-30.
In reply, the hosts knew they had to go for the win, and this aggression was shown by Gavin Baker who hit 96 before he inexplicably ran himself out.
That same fate befell Jamie Southgate, Andy Nolan and Connor Emerton, before Hodge, a popular and hard-working member of the club, held his nerve to secure the hosts a vital victory.
This Saturday, Welwyn Garden City have survival in their own hands when they travel to take on mid-table Tring Park.
Mymms host bottom side, and already relegated. Potters Bar, so provided they get the win there, they will be praying for Welwyn Garden City or even High Wycombe above them to slip up.