HSM Fall Short Against Brondesbury
Harrow St Mary's first XI fell short against Brondesbury in their latest match but there were wins for their second and third teams.
Brondesbury 154-8 (43.4 overs) beat
Harrow St Mary's 152 All Out (52.1 overs) by two wickets
Brondesbury, relegated from the Premier League last season, won the toss and put HSM in to bat with Lakmal Kasturi and Dhiren DeSilva opening.
Kasturi was bowled for 16 by Smith. Another 11 were put on when Smith struck again getting Ajay Soni caught for seven leaving the score 31 for two. Captain Tom Pettet survived three balls before being caught, again off Smith, without scoring.
De Silva was continuing steadily but contributed to the run out of Jaimit Patel with a "yes, yes, no" call and Patel was out for four. Was this a call that could have determined the outcome of the game?
Dean Gahagan hit 24 before succumbing to an LBW and it was only Sam Blennerhasset who contributed much more before being bowled for 20 and HSM were all out for 152 with the feeling that they were 30 runs short. Smith returned two for 38.
Brondesbury got off to the best of starts with Bethel and Shaw hitting 75 when the left-arm spin of Harindu Gunasesekara had Shaw trapped in front for 35. Bethel followed three runs later due to the spin of Kasturi and two runs later Kasturi struck again.
Brondesbury's middle order were ticking off the runs but when Kasturi claimed another, Nishad Patel contributed to a run out and Chris Brown had number six Durand caught, it looked like HSM could possibly grasp an unexpected victory.
However, Wilson and Sorensen saw Brondesbury to the win with 3.2 overs to spare
Harrow St Mary's 2nd XI 260-6 beat
Crouch End 167 all out by 93 runs
HSM 2s continued their winning start to the season with good solid batting from everyone to finish on 260 for six in 44 overs with Prasanna de Alwis top scoring with 49, Saleem Attuilah 42 not out and Aimal Bangash making 40.
Crouch End were then bowled out for 167 wit Monty Jivraj taking six for 42 and Bhavik Patel three for 20.
Harrow St Mary's 3rd XI 196-9 beat
Stanmore 86 all out by 111 runs
Nelson's 111 proved to be a lucky number for HSM's 3s as they comfortably beat Stanmore.
Batting first Manoj Patel hit 58 "from all sorts of shots" and Andy Dobbin 47 to take HSM to 196 for nine. In reply Stanmore were all out for 86 with Prageeth Cooray taking six for 19.
U10As v West Harrow - HSM win
WH batted first, scoring 268 for six (net 238). Good bowling performances all round. HSM's top scorers were Niraan Shah (29 not out) and Shayen Vaid (24 not out) with HSM finishing on 312 for four (net 292). There was also some very good fielding all round especially from Ayaan Sheik and Shah.
U10B v. Ickenham - Ickenham won by 10 runs
Captain Kush Tailor won the toss and chose to field. The first wicket to fall was due to a fabulous leg-side catch by U8 keeper Arthur Kenworthy (a bit more mobile than his Dad!) off Krish Lakhani that had the parents from both teams cheering wildly.
This was followed by a one-handed catch by Vikram Sidhu at point off Fred Fairley. Dilan Patel was the other wicket-taker.
Much straighter bowling by HSM meant they gave away fewer extras. Ickenham finished on 267 for three (252).
HSM made a good start with Patel hitting a couple of fours but Arthur lost a wicket. The next pairing of Josh Minchin and Lakhani were not out and the third pairing of Sidhu and Aryan Mather both lost a wicket but Mather hit a four.
Tailor and Fairley were the last pair in and with three overs to go HSM needed 18 but good straight bowling by Ickenham restricted the batsmen and it was too much as they fell short by 10 runs.
It was a great game played in a great spirit.
U11As v Stanmore - HSM won by 57 runs
The U11a got their season back on full track with a comprehensive 57-run win at Stanmore.
Losing the toss and batting first HSM scored 141 for two off 20 overs with Niraan Shah top scoring with an excellent 53 not out, well supported by Piyeeshan Sabeeshan (37) and a 46-run partnership with Alex Brook.
Every single HSM player bowled in the Stanmore innings with excellent bowling from everyone. The champagne moment came when Wasil Khan clean bowled their number five batsmen who was on 15 at the time. His celebration duly followed with a double forward roll.
U11Bs v Stanmore - HSM won by 11 runs
HSM batted first and some lovely shots, quick calling and running by Sabeh Sahni got him his highest ever score of 25 and he was only out when he sacrificed his innings, going for runs in the last over.
When HSM came to field, we got a wicket in the first over of Stanmore’s innings when Siddharth Dangodra threw in from mid-wicket.
HSM were neck and neck with Stanmore most of the way but Stanmore fell away towards the end and needed 16 off the last two overs, but tight bowling at the end by Dangodra and Rishabh Varia only gave them five runs in total off those two.
A special mention and well done to U8 Dylan Chandarana in his first hard ball match.
U12s v. Ickenham - HSM won by 12 runs
Ickenham won the toss and elected to field. HSM batted well with Luke Season (23) and Sean Duggan (27 not out) top scorers, totalling 120 off our 20 overs.
HSM bowled well, restricting Ickenham to 108 off 20 overs (one player getting 40). The two (Shayen Vaild & Niraan Shah) U10s playing, bowled very well with Shah getting a wicket.
U13Bs v Stanmore C
Well done to Sean who scored a whopping 104 off 40 balls.
U14s had a good win against Stanmore, who scored 104 and HSM knocked them off in 13 overs. Niam Patel hit 35, Essam Rama 42 not out, Alex seven, Rohan Sharma seven, Joe bone six not out.
Coach Ijaz said, though, that some of them go to sleep and slowly, slowly wander off to different areas of the field, adding that it was luckily they had a fence round the ground otherwise we might have had few players missing by the end of game!
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