North Mymms march on with derby win over Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 13:40 27 August 2015 | UPDATED: 13:40 27 August 2015

Jamie Southgate bats for North Mymms

Jamie Southgate bats for North Mymms

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North Mymms claimed their eighth win in nine games as they secured a 44-run triumph over derby rivals Potters Bar.

North Mymms Neil Bamford is clean bowled by George ScottNorth Mymms Neil Bamford is clean bowled by George Scott

With two weekends of the regular season to go, Mymms look set to finish in the second play-off spot, while Bar appear safe.

On what looked to be a dry wicket, Mymms skipper Andy Lewis won the toss and chose to bat first.

Early on Mymms tried to take advantage of the quick outfield and started to attack from the outset.

However, Nesan Jeyaratnam was clean bowled first ball by Australian left armer Nick McLachlan, and Mymms were 1-1.

From here the fightback started, Jamie Southgate came to the crease to join Hamza Qayyum and the pair dominated the Bar bowling, striking a number of boundaries.

The partnership between these two reached 116, when Qayyum was caught behind off the bowling of Middlesex allrounder George Scott (4-63) for a fine 53.

Syed Kazmi and Neil Bamford came and went in a hurry and soon after Southgate was dismissed for a well made 60.

After a fine start from the Home Farm side they would have been hoping to post a total nearing 300, but instead found themselves at 140-5.

Captain Lewis played well and went about saving his side’s innings.

Lewis hit a quick-fire run-a-ball 45, before playing on to McLachlan (4-35) as Mymms were 200-8.

The innings didn’t last much longer as the Bar seamers mopped up the Mymms tail with little fuss.

The target set for Potters Bar was a modest one, 212, but Mymms were confident that a disciplined bowling performance could see them prosper.

After the first innings both teams realised the wicket was not quite as easy to bat on as first thought, so Mymms became more confident of defending their total.

The wicket was very dry and a little two paced, Mymms applied some strict bowling plans and started to go about their business in trying to collect the 30 points.

The Mymms opening attack of Arslan Shahid and Rhys Wynne asserted early pressure onto the Potters Bar top order and this was to pay off immediately.

Wynne (3-31) removed James Scott, George Scott and Harrison Palmer.

Shahid, bowling with pace and ferocity in a devastating spell, knocked over Patrick Scott, Dom Manuwelge and Charlie Scott.

Potters Bar were reeling at 60-6 with all those wickets falling to seam and with the Mymms spinners still to have their say.

McLachlan (45) came in for Bar and tried to wrest the initiative back in the home side’s favour, however wickets continued to fall and Potters Bar required a further 90 runs with only one wicket in hand.

The final pairing of McLachlan and James Illott added 44 for the last wicket, but it was a bridge too far and McLachlan was bowled by Kazmi trying to strike another maximum. Mymms claimed their eighth win in nine weeks and moved further clear in second position.

On Saturday, Mymms host play-off hopefuls Harpenden, while Bar travel to already relegated Hemel Hempstead Town. Mymms won the home game back in May by 29 runs.


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