Nail-biting win for Mymms with just one ball to spare
PUBLISHED: 16:30 24 May 2018
North Mymms kept their unbeaten Saracens Herts Cricket League Premier Division record intact but only just - as they claimed a two-wicket win at home to Totteridge Millhillians with only one ball to spare.
For most of this game, bathed under glorious sunshine at Home Farm, the hosts seemed in complete control.
They had held their visitors to a respectable 226-9 from their 50 overs but most felt that it was under-par.
And when Mymms subsequently got themselves into a winning position in reply it appeared as if those predictions would be right.
However, a late collapse left victory in the balance and seven in the final over was enough to get that over the line.
Totteridge won the toss and batted first but Hamza Qayyum grabbed the wicket of opener Ben Howgego in the first over and Mymms restrict the others with tight bowling and adept fielding.
Rhys Wynne saw off Shaun O’Brien and Jonathan Miles and Hamza Ahmed took the wickets of Fraser Coulson and Simon Webster, the latter falling to an AB De Villiers-like catch by Kyran Millard.
A sixth wicket fell before they reached 100 but ex-Derbyshire batsman Steve Selwood remained at the crease and he would go on to construct a fine innings of 94 not out, taking Totteridge to a total that would push Mymms right to the limit.
And although the Mymms reply got off to worst possible start, with the talented Qayyum edging one through to the keeper off Webster in the first over, Ahmed (68) and skipper Nesan Jeyaratnam (56) posted a well-crafted partnership of 102 to put the hosts on 157-3.
Steve Snell followed soon after Ahmed’s departure and suddenly Mymms went from 188-4 to 216-7.
A cracking finale seemed on the cards and Totteridge began to smell a victory, one which seemed unlikely just 30 minutes previously.
When wicket-keeper Richard Soulsby went for 24, Josh Crook and Wynne were faced with seven to win off the final over.
Crook, playing only his second league game for the Home Farm side, showed great maturity as he clipped the first ball down to fine leg for four.
They still needed one run with two balls to go but Wynne managed to squeeze a short-pitched delivery through the leg side to hand Mymms victory.