Harrow St Mary's Cricket Club endured a difficult weekend with their first, second and fourth teams all suffering defeats before their second team grabbed a win on Sunday.
Southgate 106-1 (28.5 overs) beat
Harrow St Mary's 105 all out (31.3 overs)
Batting first, HSM got off to their usual por start and in the second over had lost two wickets for four runs. Then Keagan Wheeler was given out LBW (for which the umpire apologised afterwards!) and captain Tom Pettet was out first ball which took the score to 30 for four from 11 overs.
Wickets fell at regular intervals as HSM’s woes with the bat this season continued and Southgate were able to knock off the runs for the loss of one wicket.
Fortunately for HSM, the two teams below them in the table, Harrow and Eastcote, also lost but they can’t go on relying on these two teams failing. It is an interesting couple of weeks ahead for HSM, when they play second place Shepherds Bush this Saturday and then Eastcote and Harrow in the two following weeks.
Saturday 2nd XI v Birkbeck College - win for Birkbeck
HSM won the toss and put BC in to bat, a decision that captain John Gale was in some doubt about.
HSM’s bowlers Brown and Leow were unable to penetrate BC’s openers and it was Colt Amar Dave who who struck first in the 16th over with the score on 43. SKLP finished on 194 after 55 overs.
This was a game that HSM needed to win to ensure they kept up with Middlesex Tamils at the top of the league but they mirrored the batting of the 1st XI and were all out for 93 in 34.1 overs.
Harrow St Mary's 3rd XI 126-2 (20 overs) beat
North Middlesex 3rd XI 123 All Out (49.1 overs) by eight wickets.
HSM had reduced North Middlesex to 37 for seven but an eighth-wicket partnership of 69 took NM’s score to 123 all out.
Steve Murphy took four for 40, Kishore Waghela three for 19 and Shivam Chauhan two for 26. Chauhan then hit an unbeaten 99 to take HSM to the win.
He would have reached his century but his partner Andy Dobbin, intent on blocking the ball to give Chauhan the strike and make the winning runs, inadvertently got too much power behind the ball and it went like a rocket to the boundary!
Saturday 4th XI v Mill Hill Village - win for MHV
Neil Aitken and Colt Dylan Leon opened strongly before Leon fell for 49. Then Colts Nikhil Chavda and Joe Bone (19) together with Dad Steven Bone (30 not out) added scores along with Bhavesh Patel that took HSM to 220 - seemed a par score.
Patel was unplayable with the new ball and later Colt Niam Patel took one ball to take a wicket but when a catch was spilled at mid-wicket, HSM’s chance to win the game went due to MHV’s hard hitting batsman who completed an unbeaten ton and lost the second ball with the winning six!
Mill Hill Village won finishing on 222 for eight but HSM can take pride from the manner in which their five U15 players all contributed with bat and ball.
Sunday 1st X1 v. Ruilsip - win for Ruislip
Ruislip finished their 45 overs on 249. HSM’s openers Jaimit Patel and Tom Pettet kept HSM up with the run rate until Pettet was caught on 52.
Number three Keagan Wheeler aided Patel until Wheeler was out for 12. Number four Gevindu Liyanage only added six runs and Patel followed without adding to the score. (161-4).
Incoming batsman Gary Pettet then tried to steady the innings but with 64 needed off 66 the win was still on the cards but when Kathan Trivedi was out for 16 captain Jalpesh Patel brought himself in.
Ruislip’s bowling tied Patel down and when Pettet was out for 40 HSM were left needing 21 off two overs.
Chris Brown came to the crease which would likely have meant an immediate wicket for Ruislip or an interesting finish. A quick 10 runs from Brown left HSM needing 11 off the last over then five off two balls.
A dot ball meant six were needed off the last but Brown was caught going for it to give Ruislip a five-run win.
Sunday 2nd XI v Reed - win for HSM
HSM lost three early wickets but a 122-run partnership between Colt Angus Prevost (58) and Curtley Leow (87) got the score to 243 and then Reed were bowled out for 150 with the wickets spread among all the HSM bowlers.
U10A beat Northwood Town to win their league and so head to the Gubby Allen semi-finals to be held at North Middlesex on Sunday. There they will meet other area winners and with the two top teams getting the prize of playing the final at Lord’s everyone at HSM will be wishing their U10s all the best.
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