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by Lesley Brown Monday 1 June 2015
Harrow St Mary's claimed a much-needed league win over Acton on a weekend that saw only the second team fail to win.
Harrow St Mary's 163 all out (46.4 overs) beatActon 146 all out (48 overs) by 15 runs
Send HSM out in a T20 match and all is well. In the league, who knows what will happen and they got off to an all too familiar start when Dhiren DeSilva was out caught in the slips in the first over.
Sam Blennerhassett followed in the fourth over (4-2) and Jaimit Patel then gave catching practice with his third ball and it was five for three.
But then Bhavik Patel, despite hitting a few aerial shots, took the score on to 65 and he had a partnership with stand-in captain Ajay Soni of 60 when an edged pull had him caught at third man on 44. The incoming batsmen came and went and Soni was the eighth wicket to fall with the score on 153 and it was left to the tailenders to take the score to 163.
HSM’s opener Chris Brown had Acton’s batsmen playing and missing and he claimed the first wicket when Hunt was caught behind by keeper John Gale. Zoyza was hitting to the boundary and was a vital scalp to collect by Brown, also caught by Gale. Brown got the third, Mahmood to make the score 48 for three.
Tuan Hadgie was wicketless at the other end and was replaced by Bhavik Patel who missed out on a wicket in his first over when he was dropped at short leg by Hadgie.
In the 27th over Sam Blennerhassett was brought on and, like in the National T20’s the previous week, troubled the batsmen and he took a vital wicket with his first ball getting Acton’s opener Borthwood for 40.
The fifth fell when a fumble in the field by Gevindu Liyanage off Blennerhassett enticed the batsmen to run and enforced a run out.
It took until the 35th over before Patel took a wicket, he then took another and when Blennerhassett struck again there were only two left.
The game now swung HSM’s way and after an appeal for an LBW had the umpire deliberating before his finger went up, and with only one man standing, Acton needed to hold on.
However, they couldn’t cope with Patel’s spin and a nick behind had Acton all out for 146.
This was a vital win for HSM and with only 10 points separating the bottom side from the one in fourth place, this result must give them some well needed confidence.
SKLP 2nd XI beat HSM 2nd XI
HSM also got off to a bad start when Prasanna DeAlwis was bowled and Jawwad Mahmud caught with the score on 22 for two off 14.
Incoming batsman Aimal Bangash took the score to 114 with his 48, Dean Gahagan hit 47, Monty Jivraj 37 and Kathan Trivedi 39 and HSM finished on 213 for eight in 51 overs.
This was a game that HSM wanted to win to extend their lead in the league, but as has proved in the last few seasons, SKLP proved to be their nemesis and they took the full 10 points. HSM still top the league, however.
HSM 3rd XI 217-3 (33.4 overs) beatUxbridge 3rd XI 215-9 dec. (50 overs) by 7 wickets
HSM 4th XI drew with Old Wimledonian’s Poets XI
A team consisting of four Dads and five sons travelled to South London for this friendly.
HSM declared on 167 for nine with Phil Kenworthy hitting 48 aided by Colts Joe Bone and Essam Rama. Poets XI were unable to hit HSM’s leg-spinners Shaariq Sheikh (who finished with 13-1-34-1), Essam Rama, Joe Bone and Louis Duggan (with an average age of 13!) and another Colt, Lawrence Kenworthy (7-0-20-1) was pinning them down with his swing into the wind.
There were two fabulous diving catches by Dad Steve Duggan but with only 10 runs needed for the win they decided to bat out their remaining overs for the loss of seven to claim a draw. The team’s captain, Richard Kenworthy, veteran (or as he called himself, “the pathetic codger”) suffering with the curse of a keeper’s dodgy knees, "let the side down" (also his words) being unable to make the most of stumping and run out opportunities. Still, it was an enjoyable day that gave some of HSM’s emerging Colts their first taste of senior cricket and some of the more mature members an opportunity to show the young‘uns how it’s done.
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