Play-off hopes back on track as Harpenden are brushed aside by North Mymms
PUBLISHED: 09:43 04 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:46 04 June 2018
North Mymms bounced back after a disappointing defeat to Bishop's Stortford last week by beating Harpenden by six wickets in Saracens Herts Cricket League Premier Division.
The day got off to a good start with the hosts winning the toss and with clouds overhead they asked Harpenden to bat.
And if they needed a sign that they were right to bowl first, they got it when Rhys Wynne got Gregg Cooper with the first ball.
Harpenden tried to set about the new ball but the second wicket fell with 18 on the board, Pankhurst becoming Wynne’s second victim, and the third arrived just three runs later, Dan Millard getting in on the act with the wicket of Ben Clements.
Mymms were on top but still cautious with the dangerous Nick Lamb and Ben Frazer in tandem and the pair showed why, quickly moving the score on to 70.
And although he was clean bowled by Wynne (3-17), Harpenden skipper Frazer went on to reach 57 off just 39 balls, a knock that included seven fours and three sixes.
Dharmarajsinh Jhala got his wicket and Josh Crook (3-10) coupled with poor shot selection and dubious running between the wickets meant Harpenden were all out for 158 in the 40th over.
It was an under-par score but Mymms were more than aware of the challenges faced by a wicket offering assistance to the bowlers.
Hamza Qayyum and Hamza Ahmed looked to attack from the off and with the sun breaking through, conditions turned in the batsmen’s favour.
Andrew Neal was still impressive though with his left-arm seamers and he saw off Ahmed for just two runs.
Qayyum, however, was in fine touch and played some glorious shots through extra cover.
He was joined first by skipper Nesan Jeyaratnam and then Steve Snell on his way to 40 but when he became Neal’s second victim, Mymms were 79-3.
But a flurry of boundaries saw Mymms move to within sight of victory and with eight runs to go, Snell got his 50.
He departed just one run later attempting a lofted extra cover drive and was stumped off the bowling of Jack Doyle.
It didn’t matter and Mymms sealed the win to move third in the table.