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Agony For Harrow St Mary's...Again

The Harrow St Mary's Sunday 2nd team - Chess Valley Division 7 champions 2014
The Harrow St Mary's Sunday 2nd team - Chess Valley Division 7 champions 2014
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Harrow St Mary's 2nds missed out on promotion for the third year in a row as the club's season came to a disappointing end before there was something to cheer on Sunday.

Indian Gymkhana 1st XI 167 All Out (45.3 overs) beat
Harrow St Mary's 1st XI 113 All Out (44 overs)

Having secured their place in Division Two last week, the result of this match was more important for Indian Gymkhana because a win for them would see them promoted to the Premier League.

HSM won the toss and chose to field and with one of their opening bowlers injured, it was HSM's usual number three bowler Tuan Hadgie who claimed the first wicket, bowling Matharu for 4.

Opener Khade and number three Hussain put on 72 when Hussain was caught by Chris Brown off Lakmal Kasthuri for 29. Shah added another 15 with Khade but when Shah was bowled by Brown this brought on a collapse that saw the Indian Gymkhana score go from 91 for three to 96 for seven and then 107 for eight thanks to the spin of Kasthuri and the pace of Brown.

Then some hard hitting sixes by number nine Singh and number 10 Khan helped to take the batting score to 167 all out. Kasthury returned four for 39 and Brown four for 46.

Opener Kasthuri was bowled in the first over for four and incoming batsman Hadgie put on a partnership of 37 before he was caught for 22.

Curtley Louw was out for a duck in the same over and then, apart from number 10 Ben Aitken who was out for 12, none of the other batsmen stayed around to support Sam Blennerhassett who was left on 25 not out and HSM were all out for 113.

The win saw IG crowned Division Two champions.

Birkbeck College 2nd XI beat
Harrow St Mary's 2nd XI by 19 runs

HSM 2s failed to get the win they needed to take them into the County League and have blown it again - for the third year running.

Having won the toss, Keagan Wheeler opened for HSM with Monty Jivraj opened at the other end.
A handful of front foot no balls from Wheeler gave away unnecessary runs but he struck in the seventh over to leave the score 39 for one. An edge behind gave him his second wicket.

With nine overs gone Nishad Patel replaced Jivraj and clean bowled the batsman in his second over.
and then two balls later Wheeler got into the action in the slips, taking a forward diving catch then with his next over got a caught behind.

Another wicket fell and Birkbeck had lost three without adding any runs and they were struggling at  58 for five..

Jivraj replaced Wheeler and Subhash Satyam replaced Patel, whose first two balls went for boundaries, but he nearly got a run out two balls later due to good fielding between Nishad Patel and keeper John Gale.

Birkbeck weren’t giving any chances in the field and Birkbeck pushed the score on to 121 when the partnership was broken.

Captain John Gale continued to rotate his bowlers but, in wanting to exert some pressure, HSM's bowlers gave away too many no balls. With seven overs to go and the score on 172 for nine, Birkbeck began to hit out taking the score to 187 all out in 50.2 overs.

Jaimit Patel and Gevindu Lianage opened for HSM, with Patel batting positively. He almost missed out on his 50 when he was nearly caught at long-on but he survived, only to be out shortly after for 58.

Liyanage kept the score ticking over but no. three Gary Pettet was unable to hang around as he has done most of the season and when he was bowled for two, the hopes of the team fell on Wheeler and Satyma but they were also bowled by Yassen (who finished with figures of six for 46).

With plenty of overs in hand and a run rate of less than four an over HSM’s middle order continued to try keep the score ticking over, but there was an early LBW given against Rohan Baminiya, who could normally be relied on to hit some quick fire runs, and then Gale gave his wicket away.

However, there was still hope for HSM and with 59 needed and 17 overs to go, Nishad Patel was dropped at point, but with Tony Wright still in, the HSM supporters had hopes that he would steer them to victory as he had done four years ago when the 1st XI were batting for promotion to the County League.

Then, a soft dismissal had him caught and the scorebook showed that numbers three to eight had added just 11 runs between them.

Jivraj entered and he and Patel were keeping the score ticking over. He survived a catch and then the next over Patel was dropped by the keeper.

With 13 overs to go 46 were needed and Patel was dropped again.

41 were needed off 12

38 off 10

36 off nine.

Then with 19 runs needed, Jivraj went for a big hit and was caught at long on. Last man Gunasekara entered the fray and with the first ball he faced was caught behind.

With news that rivals MTSCC had won, and so overtook them at the top of the table, a very despondent team and group of supporters couldn’t believe how HSM had thrown away this opportunity to at last get into the higher league.

Harrow St Mary's Sunday 1st XI beat
Wembley by 10 wickets (friendly)

Wembley were all out for 157 and a blistering 113 in 48 balls from Shivam Chauhan, supported by Tom Pettet who hit 46 in 33 and HSM hit the required runs in 13.3 overs.

Harrow St Mary's Sunday 2nd XI beat
Hemel Hempstead by 10 wickets

At 71 for one Hemel had hopes that this score would steer them to a win and promotion to Division Six of the Chess Valley League but they then suffered a monumental collapse and were all out for 80 in 29.4 overs.

Kieran Patel took four for 26 and Darren Bourke five for 16 to trigger their downfall.

A win for HSM would see them crowned champions, which they achieved without losing a wicket., Bourke hitting 57 not out.

© Cricket World 2014

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