Shock Letchworth defeat knocks North Mymms off Premier Division summit

PUBLISHED: 07:36 06 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:06 06 July 2018

North Mymms batsmen Steve Snell and Nesan Jeyaratnam in the match between North Mymms and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

North Mymms batsmen Steve Snell and Nesan Jeyaratnam in the match between North Mymms and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

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North Mymms dropped off the top of the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Premier Division table with a shock home defeat to Letchworth Garden City.

Letchworth Garden City's Maxford Pipe bowls in the match between North Mymms and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOLetchworth Garden City's Maxford Pipe bowls in the match between North Mymms and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

The north Herts visitors had failed to win prior to the game on a baking-hot Home Farm pitch and they were up against a Mymms side full of confidence.

Letchworth Garden City's Jonny Harris bowls in the match between North Mymms and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOLetchworth Garden City's Jonny Harris bowls in the match between North Mymms and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

But even after Nesan Jeyaratnam hit a magnificent 102 in the hosts’ 284-6, Letchworth were able to chase it down with less than two overs to go.

Letchworth Garden City's George Denman prepares to bowl in the match between North Mymms and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOLetchworth Garden City's George Denman prepares to bowl in the match between North Mymms and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

It puts North Mymms down to second, three points behind new leaders Totteridge Millhillians.

Letchworth Garden City's Jonny Harris bowls in the match between North Mymms and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOLetchworth Garden City's Jonny Harris bowls in the match between North Mymms and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Letchworth on the other hand remain rooted to the foot of the table but the success and improved form over the last few weeks will give them confidence of turning things around.

Letchworth Garden City's Jonny Harris bowls in the match between North Mymms and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOLetchworth Garden City's Jonny Harris bowls in the match between North Mymms and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Mymms were put into bat and after a shaky start which saw both openers removed with only 23 on the board, they started to recover.

Letchworth Garden City's Jonny Harris bowls in the match between North Mymms and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOLetchworth Garden City's Jonny Harris bowls in the match between North Mymms and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Jeyaratnam’s century was a big part of that although the 91-run partnership with Steve Snell (50) for the third wicket and 123 shared with Andy Lewis (67) for the fifth certainly helped.

Letchworth Garden City's George Denman prepares to bowl in the match between North Mymms and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOLetchworth Garden City's George Denman prepares to bowl in the match between North Mymms and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

The former Herts county captain’s knock came off 164 balls and contained nine fours and a six.

Letchworth Garden City's George Denman prepares to bowl in the match between North Mymms and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOLetchworth Garden City's George Denman prepares to bowl in the match between North Mymms and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Dominic Simmons was the pick of the bowlers with 3-51 as Mymms got to 284-6.

Letchworth Garden City's Jonny Harris bowls in the match between North Mymms and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOLetchworth Garden City's Jonny Harris bowls in the match between North Mymms and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

And their bowling attack started brightly too as Letchworth lost Jonny Harris for just four runs.

North Mymms' Steve Snell faces a delivery in the match between North Mymms and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOONorth Mymms' Steve Snell faces a delivery in the match between North Mymms and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

But then a whirlwind 74 from the in-form Maxford Pipe set up a great run chase with major contributions from Tim Graham (64), Matt Bridge (51), skipper Tom Simmons (40) and Harry Aitkenhead (32) taking them to a two-wicket win with 10 balls to spare.

That was despite the best efforts of Dharmarajsinh Jhala who bagged 5-73 with the ball for Mymms.

Mymms host WGC on Saturday.

There was no luck either for the Home Farm second string who lost by six wickets at Lutonian in Division Four A.

They had won the toss and elected to bat, making 188 with 41 from Jon Mather the top score.

Mohammed Nafees took two wickets but the hosts comfortably got to their target with more than 14 overs in hand.

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