Harrow St Mary's Off The Mark

Monty Jivraj took six for 29 for the 2nd XI
Monty Jivraj took six for 29 for the 2nd XI
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Sam Blennerhassett returned five for 17 in the T20 Cup
Sam Blennerhassett returned five for 17 in the T20 Cup
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Tom Pettet was unbeaten on 93 against Brondesbury
Tom Pettet was unbeaten on 93 against Brondesbury
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Harrow St Mary's 1st XI are off the mark for the season thanks to a losing draw at Enfield while the 2nd XI were victorious this week and there was Cup success too.

Enfield 234-5 drew with
HSM 135-5

After a delayed start due to rain Enfield took advantage of the HSM bowlers struggling with the damp ball.

With Enfield languishing at the bottom of the table with them, HSM needed to keep Enfield close to them and not give them the full 10 points and thanks to captain Tom Pettet’s unbeaten 53 and the mature play of colt Andrew Thomas HSM were able to claim their first (and only) point of the season so far.

HSM 2nd XI beat
Old Actonians 2nd XI

Another six-wicket haul by Monty Jivraj (14-6-29-6) and three for Bhavik Patel (3.4-2-6-3) had Old Actonians skittled for 57 with only their number 3 Upaxna getting into double figures with 11.

However, HSM don’t make it easy for themselves and soon had their supporters holding their heads in their hands when Prasanna  DeAlwis left the first ball of the innings that went straight to hit his middle stump.

Number two Jawwad Mahmud faced two balls before being bowled for nought and then Gary Pettet played on for another duck. It was left to Kunj Thakkar (19) and Bhavik Patel (30) to see HSM to a seven-wicket win to continue their unbeaten run and push for promotion.

North Middlesex 3rd XI beat
HSM 3rd XI by 75 runs

This was an emphatic win for North Middlesex, who hit 311 for two declared in 50 overs with their 14-year-old Luke Hollman hitting 120 not out and Matt Medway 128.

HSM were 236 all out in reply.

Middx County League National T20 Cup - HSM progress to the Middx quarterfinals

In the group stages of this tournament HSM were drawn against Premier club Hampstead. Batting first, HSM didn’t get off to the best of starts when Dhiren DeSilva was run out third ball.

Each of HSM’s incoming batsmen contributed with Tom Pettet hitting his 50 in the 18th over and with not out batsmen Daniel Murphy and Chris Brown HSM finished on 159 for six.

Chris Brown struck first in the third over with the score on 19 but then two of HSM’s part-time bowlers, Sam Blennerhassett and Kunj Thakkar, ran through the Hampstead batting and Hampstead were all out for 84.

Blennerhassett returned five for 17 and Thakkar three for 22.

Brondesbury beat Highgate in the other draw so this left HSM and Brondesbury (who last season were also a Premier club) to fight it out for a place in the quarter-finals.

HSM batted first and after 10 overs were 73 for two. Tom Pettet reached another 50 and was still there at the end on 93 not out with HSM closing on 156 for six.

Brown struck first again in the fifth over and with his next ball there was an edge to the keeper. Blennerhassett’s straight steady bowling continued to bother the batsmen and with five overs needed, Brondesbury needed 52, which was too much of an ask.

Team: Dhiren DeSilva, Sam Blennerhassett, Gary Pettet, Tom Pettet, Nishad Patel, Jaimit Patel, Daniel Murphy, Chris Brown, Kunj Thakkar, John Gale, Tony Wright.

HSM’s Director of Cricket, Gary Pettet, who was also playing, commented that the club’s policy of having a long term development plan (it’s taken 15 years’ of planning!) for HSM’s colts is now paying off, with seven of this team having come through the colts set up.

Added to that eight of the 1st XI side who play in the Middx County League are ex-HSM colts.

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