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by Lesley Brown Sunday 3 May 2015
Harrow St Mary's are through to the second round of the National Cup after a tense four-wicket win over Hemel Hempstead.
Harrow St Mary's 239-6 beatHemel Hempstead 238-7 by four wickets
Chris Brown and Tuan Hadgie opened the bowling for HSM with Brown nearly claiming early wickets with his outswing and then with a hard hit to the slips that Tom Pettet was unable to make stick but it was Hadgie who was the first to strike in the ninth over with an LBW.
Nishad Patel replaced Brown and he claimed the second with a catch at point by brother Jaimit.Hadgie had another LBW appeal given when the batsman shouldered arms to one that swung in.
With the score on 83 for three and 19 overs gone captain Pettet introduced spin at both ends with Lakmal Kasturi and Harindu Gunasekara and in his second over Kasturi had claimed a stumping by keeper Arjun Luthra.
With three overs to go a dropped catch by Gunesekera was followed by two more off Brown's bowlingand Hemel finished their 45 overs on 238 for seven.In reply HSM got off to a good start with opener Kasturi taking most of the strike and getting 50 while his partner Dhiren DeSilva was languishing on seven. He was the first to fall in the 17th over, caught behind on 24 with the score on 104.
Kasturi proceeded to 70 before being caught at mid-wicket. At 152 in the 22nd over Pettet nurdled the ball to short fine leg and a direct throw by a Hemel fielder running in had Pettet run out coming back for the second.
Jaimit Patel joined Randhawa who was finding the boundaries until he was given out LBW which had HSM four down and needing 60 off 13 over.
Incoming batsman Jawwad Mahmud and Patel were going well when Patel was caught off a full toss with 14 runs needed.
A tense ending saw HSM six down with two overs to go and five needed to win. A single and then four byes put HSM through into the next round where they will play Osterley.
Perivale 1st XI 269-9 (Subhash Satyam 3-18) beatHarrow St Mary's 2nd XI 180 by 89 runs
U13 Lawrence Kenworthy, having scored 60 in a Colts match during the week, was given the new ball in this senior game.
He took a while to calm his nerves but soon claimed a wicket and then missed out on a second when wicket-keeper John Gale (and Lawrence’s coach!) dropped one behind the wickets.
Perivale posted 269 for nine and then bowled out HSM for 180, Dean Gahagan top scoring with 53.
Perivale 2nd XI 217-7 beatHarrow St Mary's 3rd XI 72 by 145 runs
Mo Siddique top scored for Harrow St Mary's with 46. The scorecard shows that the next highest HSM score was 5 just five. Two players scored five, two got two, another two got one and two got ducks.
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