Harrow St Mary's Cricket Club toasted three wins out of three for their Saturday sides this weekend to strengthen their respective positions as the end of the season approaches.
Harrow St Mary's 1st XI 180-7 (35.3 overs) beat
Enfield 1st XI 177 All Out (53.2 overs) by three wickets
HSM won the toss and put Enfield into bat and four wickets from the spin of Lakmal Kasthuri helped give HSM's batsmen something to go for when they bowled Enfield out for 177.
Kasthuri returned figures of four for 45 while Courtney Louw and Dharmaraja took two wickets apiece.
As usual, though, HSM's batsmen then got off to the worst start imaginable when opener Dhiren DeSilva left the second ball he faced and was bowled leaving a straight one. Then Jaimit Patel was trapped in front and HSM were in trouble at four for two.
These wickets brought in HSM’s South African overseas player Louw, who then put on a partnership of 42 with opener Kasthuri before Kasthuri was caught for 26.
Louw survived an appeal for a run out and went on to score 71. Tom Pettet was still at the crease but those following the score back at home weren’t having things easy when news came of the loss of a couple of quick wickets.
HSM were now 162 for seven; 11 runs were needed with 11 overs in hand. Surely HSM wouldn’t need to rely on their bowlers to claim the winning runs?
Then a six from Pettet and a four from Tuan Hadgie saw HSM claim the full 10 points to gain a bit of breathing space and take them fourth from bottom.
Then news came in that local rivals, and clubs also in the relegation zone, Harrow and Eastcote, both lost.
HSM 2nd XI beat Alexandra Park 2nd XI
10 points were gained, but second-placed HSM are still waiting for leaders Middx Tamils to slip up before they meet one another in the penultimate match of the season in two weeks.
All HSM can do is keep on winning.
Harrow St Mary's 3rd XI 116-2 (14 overs) beat
Harrow 3rd XI 112 All Out (45.3 overs) by eight wickets
An emphatic win for the 3s helped them extend their lead at the top of the table to 15 points with Hampstead in second place.
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