North Mymms bowl out Harpenden for 114

Harpenden v North Mymms

Harpenden v North Mymms - Credit: Archant

Harpenden were bowled out for just 114 as North Mymms dethroned them from the top of the Saracens Herts Premier Division.

Nick Lamb’s side had been in first place since the opening day of the season, an eight-week stay that was abruptly ended on Saturday.

Jamie Southgate was the chief executioner at Harpenden Common, taking seven wickets for just 36 runs, and opening the door for Radlett, last year’s champions, to move into pole position after Jono McLean’s side beat Letchworth Garden City by six wickets.

It was a shocking result for Harpenden, who had torn through everyone during their stay at the top. That big-scoring team was nowhere to be seen on Saturday.

Gregg Cooper scored 24, Harpenden’s best knock of the day, in a 39-run stand with Lamb that was ended with the skipper was spun out by Syed Ali Kazmi for nine.

The spinner struck in his next over to remove Cooper, caught Southgate, as Harpenden went from 39-1 to 40-2. He completed his three-for with the biggest wicket, trapping Harpenden’s highest-scoring batsman, Dan Blacktopp, LBW for six.

Southgate was yet to get in on the act, but when he did, he was unstoppable.

Scott Galloway gave Harpenden a glimmer of hope with 22 off 11 balls, but he followed Jake Pankhurst, Southgate’s first victim, back to the clubhouse as the hosts reached 78-5.

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Southgate took his tally to four wickets in four overs as he trapped Ed Washington LBW for one and had Will Jones caught for eight. After two wicket-less overs, he won the game for Mymms, removing Dan Bradley, Richard Darwin and Matthew Harper in consecutive overs, as Harpenden bowed out for 114 and a 113-run loss.

Harpenden’s bowling attack had done a good job to limit Mymms to 227 from their 60 overs. Galloway led the charge with three wickets while Darwin took his season’s tally to seven.

Southgate and Kazmi hit 48 and 40 respectively but the majority of the order was held in check. It didn’t matter in the end as Southgate pushed them off the pedestal with a devastating performance with the ball.