Wins for Harrow St Mary's Cricket Club second and third teams as well as draws for the first and fourth teams ensured a good weekend for the club.
Uxbridge 1st XI 197-8 in 55 overs drew with
HSM 1st XI 179-9 in 45 overs
Winning the toss and choosing to field, HSM claimed two early wickets, taking both of Uxbridge’s openers, thanks to their opening bowlers Haran Dharmaraja and Curtley Louw.
Dharmaraja in particular put the pressure on Uxbridge with half of his opening six overs being maidens, one a wicket maiden.
Captain Tom Pettet rotated his bowlers, bringing on Tuan Hadgie, Chris Brown and then Lakmal Kasthuri who took a wicket with his second ball. Although Hadgie was wicketless his six-over spell only gave away 13 runs.
Meanwhile, Uxbridge’s batsmen were playing around their number three, Stephens, who finished on 90.
In reply HSM, for once, didn’t lose a wicket within the first couple of overs and had 50 on the board when Kasthuri was out for 30. Dhiren DeSilva and Jaimit Patel added another 32 runs which brought in Louw. He and DeSilva were taking the score along nicely when Louw was run out on 22. At this point, though, the win was still on for HSM.
When DeSilva was bowled, Sam Blennerhassett batted with care until he was caught on 25. With 11 overs to go, 72 runs were needed for the win and 37 for the winning draw but when number six and captain Tom Pettet was out for 11, the push for the win fell away and the 162 needed for the winning draw was now the aim.
This was secured and all HSM had to do was see the remaining three overs out, but then three quick wickets lost brought in number 11 Dharmaraja with nine balls to the end of the innings.
He defended three which left U16 Ian Harris to face the final over with close fielders around him. Although young, he plays with maturity and he defended the first five balls, keeping the strike. The final ball of the innings would decide whether it would be four points for HSM or 10 for Uxbridge.
The ball hit his pad and Uxbridge as one went up for the LBW appeal, but it was turned down by the umpire and HSM claimed a vital four points.
Going into the game they would have been happy to come away with this with Uxbridge then in third position, but they really should have nailed this game to give themselves some breathing space at the bottom of the table. Having found out that Eastcote gained a win and so 10 points (and Harrow lost), it’s still all very tight at the bottom of the table and those extra six points would have helped.
HSM 2nd XI 215-3 (Sukinder Singh 112) beat
Turnham Green 2nd XI 214 (Wheeler 3-30) by seven wickets
112 from Sukinder Singh and 70 from Keagan Wheeler took HSM to 215-3 after three wickets from Wheeler and Tony Wright had dismissed Turnham Green for 214.
A win for HSM but with top of the table MTSCC still unbeaten, all HSM can do is keep plugging away and hope that Tamils slip up before they meet in the penultimate game of the season at the end of the month.
3rd & 4th XIs
A century from Shivam Chauhan (138) kept the 3rd XI at the top of the table with victory before HSM’s colts, gaining experience in the long format of the game in the fourth team team played important roles with six of them holding their own against a complete adult team to hold on for the draw in a timed game against the Eastocotian 4th XI.
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