Lacklustre Mymms Loose
Travelling away to Hemel Hempstead, North Mymms skipper, Nesan Jeyaratnam, won the toss and requested Hemel to take to the wicket.
Openers Brett Penny and Hemish Ilangaratne took to the crease and also took the Mymms bowlers to task. Penny was particularly aggresive, punishing any loose or wayward ball offered by the Mymms bowlers.
With the score on 67, Mymms' bowler, Daniel Beretov got the breakthrough that Mymms were desperately looking for when he bowled Ilangartatne for 14.
A few balls later Beretov claimed the scalp Richardo Mohammed without troubling the scorers.
Mymms then set about demolishing Hemel's middle order, reducing them to 99 for 7. Mymms were now hoping for a rapid closure of the innings.
Hemels tailenders had other ideas. Between them, Kashif Dalvi, Hitesh Patel and Cameron Hutcheon frustrated the Mymms bowlers and moved the score along to 186 before Patel fell to Beretov.
Beretov returned his first five wicket haul of the season, 24 overs 5 for 57. Beretov was well supported by James Oram, 13 overs 3 for 33.
With 52 overs available, Mymms took to the wicket to start the run chase. Mymms were soon in trouble when opener, Dominic Chatfield lost his wicket on the first ball he faced.
Mymms, following Hemel's trend, collapsed. Rhys Wynne (55) showed some spirited resistance, and with Rhys Carter and Neil Bamford still to come, all appeared to be not lost.
Once Carter (18) and Bamford (29) were out, the end came quickly. Seven of the Mymms batsmen failed to reach double figures.
Gareth James, 9 overs 4 for 33 and Richardo Mohammed, 3 overs, 3 for 3 were the outstanding bowlers for Hemel.
Mymms host Stevenage at Home Farm on Saturday hoping to put their lacklustre performance behind them and bounce back to their winning ways.