There was disappointment for Harrow St Mary's Cricket Club this week as the first team lost a huge clash with fellow strugglers Eastcote, but there was some good news elsewhere.
Eastcote 1st XI 140-1 (27.2 overs) beat
Harrow St Mary's 1st XI 136 all out (35.5 overs) by nine wickets
With both teams languishing at the bottom of the table, this was a game that both teams had to win to try to go some way to securing their safety, but HSM sunk to the bottom of the pile thanks to some abysmal batting that may have already condemned them to relegation.
Put in to bat, HSM’s Lakmal Kasthur survived a first ball slash over the slips but with partner Dhiren Desilva they put on 21 before Kasthuri was caught for 18 off Jehan Jeffrie’s bowling, which then precipitated a collapse of some magnitude when Jeffrie next got Sikander Randhawa LBW first ball and then claimed a hat-trick by bowling Keagan Wheeler.
Captain Tom Pettet survived 12 balls before nicking a catch and was dismissed for three. Only two more runs were added before DeSilva was bowled for 14 and Tuan Hadgie gave a soft catch on two to take the score to 38 for seven.
It was left to U16 Colt Ian Harris and Nish Selvakumar to try and give HSM some dignity back and a partnership of 76 took the score to 114 when Selvakumar was out LBW on 35.
Sam Blennerhassett, having dropped way down the order this week found batting at number nine didn’t help his confidence either and was out LBW for 0.
This left Harmeet Singh, who played his usual belligerent innings, managing a handful of boundaries before he was out for 19.
Incoming number 11 Chris Brown then didn’t even face a ball because, having crossed, Harris took the strike and was out caught for 37. Jeffrie finished with eight for 47.
Eastcote then knocked off the runs for the loss of one wicket that took them above HSM, but still in relegation contention.
Next up for HSM is Harrow.
Harrow St Mary's 2nd XI 267-3 dec. beat
Old Actonians 2nd XI 170 all out by 97 runs
HSM lost opener Satnam Subhash early for eight but then a 151- run partnership between Jaimet Patel (102) and Gary Pettet (86) followed by another partnership of 100 between Pettet and Curtley Loew (51) took HSM to 267 for three declared.
Wickets were shared among the HSM bowlers but with nine wickets down it was looking like Old Actonians were going to hang on to deprive HSM of their much-needed win to keep them in promotion contention.
Appeals were turned down but in the penultimate over it was Tony Wright who, not for the first time this season, claimed the plaudits to get another five-for to have Old A’s all out for 170 and Wright fiished with figures of 14-3-44-5.
Stanmore 2nd XI 166-9 (47 overs) beat
Harrow St Mary's 2nd XI 165 all out by one wicket
Unfortunately for HSM in this match, they were unable to get Stanmore’s last wicket and this loss sees HSM now drop one place off the top of the table behind leaders Teddington, who only got a one-point losing draw in their game against North Middx.
England Lions call up HSM’s Ravi Patel
HSMCC is proud to hear that their Ravi Patel, who spent his developing years from the age of 10 to 15 at the club and is now playing for Middlesx, has been rewarded with his first England call up in the England Lions squad for next month's limited overs triangular series against New Zealand A and Sri Lanka A.
He is pictured above in HSM's U15 team in 2006 with current club captain Tom Pettet.
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