A successfull weekend for Harrow St Mary's Cricket Club included good wins in both league and cup competitions.
Middlesex County League Twenty 20 Cup
On Friday, HSM produced a convincing win against Eastcote in the County League Twenty 20 Knock Out Cup.
Eastcote won the toss and put HSM in to bat. Harmeet Singh was the first to fall in the fourth over, and the other opener Sam Blennerhassett was joined by Jaimit Patel.
Blennerhassett reached his 50 in the 10th over and then continued to dominate the Eastcote bowlers to finish unbeaten on 104 and take the team to a score of 197 for three.
Chris Brown struck in the first over then took a catch off Tuan Hadgie’s bowling and more athletic fielding by Tom Pettet had Eastcote at 17 for three in the fourth.
Harindu Gunasekara and Aimal Bangash also claimed wickets for HSM, aided by the quick hands of U16 keeper Nikhil Rawal.
As a result, Eastcote were never in the running and were bowled out on 114 with one ball to go. This was a most pleasing result for HSM given that the team fielded included seven players who had graduated from the Colts set-up.
HSM will meet either Harrow or Stanmore in the next round.
Harrow St Mary's 1st XI 221 beat
Enfield 151 by 70 runs
Subhash Satyam and Jaimit Patel opened with Satnam getting off the mark but immediately in the first over Jaimit Patel was out for a golden duck. Sam Blennerhassett entered aiming to build on the previous night's century but it was a slow start with HSM on 14 for one after eight overs.
Unlike previous games this season, all of HSM’s batsmen contributed to launch a recovery - Blennerhassett (45), Curtkey Louw (28), Tom Pettet (53), Lakmal Kasthuri (64).
Tuan Hadgie retired hurt whilst batting and the remaining batsmen only added another seven runs between them but a score of 221 gave their bowlers a chance against third-placed Enfield.
Star of the show with the ball was Les Edwards whose figures read 15.3-3-68-4.
Haran Dharmaraja stuck with the third ball of the innings and quickly followed this with another wicket, thanks to a catch from Harmeet Singh to have Enfield on the back foot with just six runs on the board.
A reflex catch by Blennerhassett in the slips off Louw left them reeling at 25 for three in the 10th over.
HSM then needed a breakthrough and a change of ends by Louw brought immediate results and their opponents were 65 for four in the 19th over and then with 25 overs gone Kasthuri struck.
HSM then wondered if recent results would come to haunt them when they have had trouble finishing off teams but an inspired spell by Louw and Dharmaraja had Enfield all out for 151.
Sat 2nd XI v Alexandra Park - win for HSM
HSM’s 2s declared on 270 for six from 47 overs with Nishil Patel making 80 and Sukinder Randhawa 50, supported by Prasanna De Alwis (25), Darren Bourke (39) and Ben Aitken (29).
In reply Park’s top five all contributed with the bat but a flurry of wickets fell thanks to Tony Wright who finished with six for six.
Harrow St Mary's 3rd XI 76-3 beat
Harrow 3rd XI 75 by seven wickets
Steve Murphy was the pick of the bowlers taking five wickets as Harrow made just 75.
Then opener Shivam Chauhan hit a quickfire 42 off 15 balls to give HSM an early win and make it three league wins out of three.
Colts meet Cook
On Sunday some of HSM's U13s were honoured to be invited by the Middlesex Cricket Board to give a demonstration of Kwik Cricket to the crowd at Lord's during the lunch break of the England v Sri Lanka Test match.
Before the game they were lucky enough to get the autographs of several England players, including captain Alastair Cook.
Coaches Richard Kenworthy and John Gale accompanied the boys, with Richard saying, "HSM has been invited to take a group to Lord's on several occasions and each time we tell them how lucky they are to play on the hallowed turf where dreams are made.
"There are so many cricket-mad young children around the world who would love the opportunity they have and we thank Middx for allowing them to fulfill a dream to play at Lord's!"
It was also an opportunity for colt Adam Game to treat his team. Adam had received a £200 reward from the Jack Petchey Foundation that recognises the achievements of young people and he used some of his reward on the day.