Gallery: Mymms get home against Harpenden thanks to Carter's knock
Home Counties Premier League Division Two (East) Harpenden 212-6 North Mymms 214-5 NORTH Mymms won their third league game of the season following a rain-affected victory over Harpenden. Neil Bamford and Rhys Carter both hit half-centuries for Mymms in t
Home Counties Premier League Division Two (East)
Harpenden 212-6 North Mymms 214-5
NORTH Mymms won their third league game of the season following a rain-affected victory over Harpenden.
Neil Bamford and Rhys Carter both hit half-centuries for Mymms in their five- wicket success.
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Mymms captain Neil Black decided to bowl first on an overcast day at Home Farm, which was a bit of a risk as the season moves into the last six games.
Harpenden started well, but some persistent bowling from young Herts Academy bowler James Oram saw him claim the home side's first wicket.
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Some mature batting from Adam Winchester and the Harpenden skipper saw them slowly tick things over.
However, tight bowling from Harshad Rawle and Rhys Wynne kept the visitors under four an over.
The turning point of the game came around 2.30pm.
It rained for over half an hour as Harpenden were looking to push on.
Play resumed in the 49th over and the game was now reduced to a 54/45 over split.
Harpenden came out and pushed on in a five over spell and closed on 212-6 off their 54 overs.
North Mymms had a tempting 213 to chase in 45 overs.
Harpenden could not have asked for a better start.
They removed the previous week's two centurions, Mark Saxby and Rhys Wynne, in the first four overs.
This brought Indian all-rounder Rawle and Bamford together to rebuild the innings.
The pair went from strength to strength, taking the game to Harpenden.
Bar were looking set to chase the total when Harpenden made the changes.
This turned the game on its head with Rawle (48) and Bamford (58) both removed before tea.
With North Mymms now on 115-4, the game looked set for a big finish.
Carter and Ben Bagshaw were brought together with 98 runs to get.
Bagshaw started well but was removed by Harpenden overseas player Sulaman Qadir, the son of Pakistan legend Abdul Qadir.
Things were in the balance with the chase dependent on Suhaib Sarwar and Rhys Carter.
They did not disappoint with Carter hitting the ball to all parts of the picturesque North Mymms ground.
Carter saw the game through with an excellent 59 not out and Sarwar with a steady unbeaten 25.
North Mymms won by five wickets.
With results elsewhere going for Mymms, they have moved up to sixth in the league.