Saracens Herts Cricket League title defence suffers early blow as Welwyn Garden City lose to North Mymms
PUBLISHED: 11:36 08 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:37 08 May 2018
Champions Welwyn Garden City's hopes of pocketing a third successive SHCL Premier Division title suffered an early blow as they fell to a 27-run defeat at home to North Mymms.
With the pitch having been under covers for a week and with the outfield still damp, WGC skipper Andy Nolan had no hesitation in asking the visitors to bat first.
But opting to open with two seamers failed to pay off with brothers Connor and Shay Emerton conceding 60 runs in less than eight overs.
The introduction of Simon Bridgwater slowed the rate down he made the breakthrough dismissing Hamza Ahmed for 15.
Fellow opener Hamza Qayyum batted well for 67 before Steve Snell and Andy Lewis took over.
Snell went on to make 47 in just 45 balls before being bowled by James Southgate while Lewis remained unbeaten at the close, having hit 71 in a mere 77 balls.
It left Mymms on a competitive 281-7 after their 50 overs and their hopes of victory were increased when WGC lost Louis Champion, Alex Chalker and Daniel Blacktopp in quick succession.
It meant passing the target was always going to be tough even if a 93-run partnership between Owais Shah and Southgate gave Welwyn a glimmer of hope.
Shah was finally stumped by Richard Soulsby after making 92 from 84 balls and Southgate went on 58 when he was caught off the bowling of Josh Crook.
Those dismissals took Welwyn to 173-8 having at one stage recovered to 141-3.
A last-ditch partnership between Raymond Hodge and Matthew Grant left them needing 31 off the last over but they never got close and were all out for 254.
The 2nds had a close game with Met Police Bushey in Division Three A, eventually winning by just eight runs.
A superb 41 from Andrew Lovell, backed by Elliot Gregg and Jason Lewis got WGC to 204-9 and Matt Wells and Ed Tucker’s bowling got them close before Lewis took two wickets in his last over to grab the win.
The 5ths had a comfortable 77-run victory at Letchworth reaching 160-6, Mario Priolo top scoring on 58, with the hosts managing just 83 in reply.
Ollie Conroy took 3-10 while Nathan Trigg finished with figures of 3-2.
The 3rds lost by three wickets to Redbourn 2nds and the 4ths were beaten by Harpenden Dolphins.