Southgate returns to haunt Mymms in Welwyn success

PUBLISHED: 09:34 11 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:34 11 May 2017

A big appeal from 
North Mymms for LBW against Welwyn Garden City's Jamie Southgate falls on deaf ears. 
Picture: MELISSA PAGE

A big appeal from North Mymms for LBW against Welwyn Garden City's Jamie Southgate falls on deaf ears. Picture: MELISSA PAGE

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James Southgate returned to haunt North Mymms as Welwyn Garden City got their Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Premier Division campaign off to the perfect start.

Their new director of cricket rejoined the club from their rivals to the south this winter and his 78 not out saw WGC to a six-wicket victory at Home Farm.

He had earlier claimed the wicket of Steve Snell as he threatened to give Mymms a big lead.

The hosts had won the toss and elected to bat but had lost both openers for just 41 runs.

Their dismissals had brought Andy Lewis and Snell to the crease and with Snell in particularly feisty form, their total started to edge up.

He hit six fours as he reached 45 but Southgate had him caught by Owais Shah after facing 54 balls.

It left Mymms on 118-3 at this point and once Lewis holed one to deep mid-wicket for the addition of just one more run, things started to look bleak.

Rhett Bridgens added 23 and Dan Millard 18 but nobody could form a big partnership and they were all out for 199 in the final over.

Julian Chinn was the pick of the WGC bowlers claiming 3-39, ably backed up by Alex Chalker (2-26) and Simon Bridgewater (2-28).

Welwyn’s reply stuttered along to start with as the first four batsmen were dismissed for 78 after 21 overs.

But Southgate was at the wicket at this point and once joined by Andrew Nolan, the tide started to turn. The pair batted superbly and reached the 100-partnership in the 44th over.

It was all over shortly after as Nolan found the boundary for the winning runs.

He finished on 49 with Southagte’s knock including 10 fours and a six.

Jigar Mehta starred with the ball for Mymms finishing on 3-31.

However, the roles were reversed for the two second teams.

North Mymms second string won by 15 runs at Cheshunt in Division Four A while WGC 2nds lost by 68 at home to Old Elizabethans.

Mymms reached 185 in their innings, Ben Carter top-scoring with 46 closely followed by Simon Clements on 35.

But it was Jason Brycefield with 5-41 who took the plaudits as Cheshunt were all out in the 43rd over.

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