Welwyn edge Mymms in derby as title race gap grows

PUBLISHED: 09:29 12 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:29 12 July 2017

Andrew Lewis is a few inches away from being caught and bowled by Connor Emerton. Picture: Danny Loo

Andrew Lewis is a few inches away from being caught and bowled by Connor Emerton. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

The derby clash between the top two sides in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Premier Division lived up to all the pre-match hype - and saw Welwyn Garden City edge home against North Mymms with two overs to spare.

WGC had gone into the game at Digswell Park 52 points ahead of their neighbours and by the time they had clinched the six-wicket success, they were 68 clear.

The visitors had won the toss and elected to bat, a decision they may have regretted after they slipped to 66-4.

Their batsmen were still making good scores however, with almost all of them going on to double figures, and on a flat pitch with a quick outfield, a competitive total was always possible.

What Mymms really needed at this stage was a big partnership to take the game away from WGC.

Rhett Bridgens and skipper Andy Lewis added 60 for the fifth wicket before Lewis teamed with Rhys Wynne to put another 65 on for the sixth.

They eventually declared on 244-8 in 60 overs, not long after Lewis had departed for a gallant 85.

Connor Emerton, Julian Chinn and James Southgate all claimed two wickets each for WGC while Simon Bridgewater and Owais Shah chipped in with the other two.

In reply WGC lost the tired Southgate for just two runs and then the in-form Louis Champion but from there they showed the benefit of partnership building.

Daniel Blacktopp and Shah put on 130 for the third wicket, taking them from 32-2 to 162-3, and after Shah was run out for 42, skipper Andrew Nolan (38*) and Blacktopp added a further 68.

Blacktopp eventually fell for a fine 124, which came from 141 balls and contained 22 fours, but by that point they were almost over the line on 230-4.

Eighteen runs and a few lusty blows from Shay Emerton later and the points were all Welwyn Garden’s with two overs to spare.

WGC old boy Jigar Mehta finished with 2-61 for North Mymms with Dharmarajsinh Jhala and a run-out accounting for the remaining wicket.

Welwyn will look to keep their unbeaten season going when face another derby at Potters Bar on Saturday.

Mymms, who have now slipped to fourth behind Radlett and Totteridge Millhillians, go to Letchworth Garden City.

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