Sixth win in seven for Lewis’ North Mymms
PUBLISHED: 15:12 13 August 2015 | UPDATED: 15:12 13 August 2015
Hertford hosted North Mymms on Saturday in a tense game that ended with the visitors taking home the 30 points.
Hertford’s captain Steve Gale won the toss and elected to bat.
It was probably a good toss to lose, as neither side knew whether to bat or bowl first.
The Hertford batsmen looked to be positive, but Richard Leather was soon departing to the bowling of Arslan Shahid.
Gale remained and looked to stay on top of the Mymms attack, he took his side’s score onto 64, but mis-timed a pull shot up in the air and was caught by Neil Bamford off the bowling of Prith Sarvaiya for 32.
The Mymms spinners started to turn the screw, and were backed up by some high quality fielding.
Hertford began to struggle and were reduced to 81-4 with Syed Kazmi (5-37) and Sarvaiya (3-24) the main instigators of the collapse.
However Will Ray was batting well and was trying his utmost to post a decent total for his side.
Ray was approaching a 50 when he attempted a sweep off the leg spin of Sarvaiya. The ball hit his pad looped up, hit the back of his bat and was caught at slip by Rhys Carter. Now Hertford were staring down the barrel and Mymms looked to finish off the Hertford tail.
The home side was skittled out for 135 in the 51st over, with Mymms happy with their effort in the field.
Mymms set about the chase in positive fashion, however Hamza Qayyum left a ball that nipped back off the seam and hit his off bail.
This was always going to be a tricky run chase on a tired old wicket that was more than helpful to the spinners. Mymms were reduced to 80-4. Nesan Jeyaratnam (30) and Jamie Southgate (26) batted well but both fell to Jon Ryan’s left arm spin.
Mymms then stuttered their way to 120-7 with skipper Andy Lewis and Rhys Wynne at the crease.
Lewis’ unbeaten 32 saw his side over the line for a three wicket victory. Lewis’ men chalked up their sixth victory in seven games and moved 35 points clear in second place.
This Saturday Mymms host WGC with both sides looking to cement their place in the Premier Division’s play-off positions.
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