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by Lesley Brown Monday 11 May 2015
Harrow St Mary's saw their first team defeated by Uxbridge this weekend but their second and third teams were able to celebrate victories.
Uxbridge beat Harrow St Mary's by six wickets
Batting first, HSM opened with Dhiren DeSilva and Lakmal Kasturi. Kasturi dominated the scoring to take HSM to 46 without loss after 10 overs but was the first to fall, caught at second slip for 47. 59 for one in the 14th.
Ajay Soni was in next but then DeSilva was also out - like Kathuri, caught in the slips - for nine to leave the score 62 for the two in the 16th.
Captain Tom Pettet was in next but he didn't add many (6) until he was caught at cover. It was now 81 for three in the 22nd over and he was replaced by overseas South African Dean Gahagan, playing his first league match for HSM.
He was nearly run out when running off an edge by Soni and then only put on two before giving an edge whilst digging out a full ball.
With Jaimit Patel in next, there was then a slow passage of play for 10 overs until Soni gave a lofted drive to short extra cover to be caught on 30, the fifth wicket faling at 112.
Patel was stumped for 11 (114-6) then Tuan Hadgie was LBW (120-7), Arjun Luthra was in next but was run out not facing a ball and Chris Brown was bowled first ball to a quicker ball.
Last man Harindu Gunasekara was now in and this left Sam Blennerhassett with the job of trying to boost the score but when he was stumped, HSM's batsmen were shown to be lacking staying power and were all out for 129.
Chris Brown and Tuan Hadgie opened and Uxbridge made a slow start being eight without loss after five overs. Chris Brown had the batsmen playing and missing again and was the first to get a wicket with an edge to keeper Luthra.
Tuan Hadgie was bowling steadily from the other end, and claimed two LBWs to leave Uxbridge 50 for three in the 16th over.Then proof that catches win matches came when number five Stephens was dropped on one by DeSilva and Uxbridge's Etienne was dropped by Gunasekara.
With the score on 65 for five it could have changed the course of the match. Instead, although Stephens was out for 12, bowled by Kasturi, Etienne stayed until the end to finish on 63 not out and see Uxbridge to a six-wicket win. Harrow St Mary's 2nd XI beat Harrow Town 2nd XI
HT batted first and Monty Jivraj claimed the first wicket for HSM but it was the spin of Bhavik Patel (pictured above right) who finished with figures of 19.5-6-39-5 that restricted Town to 140 all out in 52.5 overs.
Prasanna DeAlwis and Sikinder Randhawa opened for HSM, and DeAlwis was out for a duck with nothing on the scoreboard. Randhawa stayed until the 13th over until he was out for 21. (26-2).
With veteran Gary Petty coming in at numbr three it was then a case of slow and steady (though sometimes a bit too slow and a bit too steady for the many HSM onlookers) and incoming players contributed to gradually tick off the runs.
Jawwad Mahmud made 23 and Kunj Thakkar 15. Subhash Satyam was caught for nought and then when they had gone and Patel entered, it was hoped that he would see HSM to the end but was bowled trying to pull a straight ball.
This left 15 needed off three overs. Captain John Gale now joined Pettet. Gale blocked three and with one over to go six were needed. There was much nail biting by HSM supporters watching a game that HSM needed to win to start their promotion push and when Pettet hit a two to win with a ball to spare there was plenty of relief all round.
Harrow St Mary's 3rd XI 203 all out beat Eastcote 3rd XI 112 all outby 91 runs
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