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by Lesley Brown Monday 25 August 2014
A five-wicket win for Harrow St Mary's first XI over Brentham means next week's clash with Winchmore Hill could define whether they stay up or go down - and there were also wins this week for their 2nd and 3rds.
Harrow St Mary's 1st XI 81-5 (27 overs) beatBrentham 1st XI 80 all out (33.3 overs) by five wicketsHSM won the toss, elected to field and Curtley Louw was the first to strike, bowling number two Ghandi for one with seven on the board.
Harun Dharmaraja then claimed a caught and bowled getting no three Rehal for four and it was 14 for two, a score that HSM are familiar with when batting themselves!
A change of bowlers brought immediate results when Chris Brown took a wicket with his second ball, 37 for three. Then at the other end Tuan Hadgie got no five Lowen LBW and opener Brandreth was the next to fall for 20 with a catch taken by wicket-keeper Nikhil Rawal off Brown.
Brown's spell continued to reap rewards with batsmen playing and missing and he got number seven Grist and number eight Patel both out for ducks.
The pressure wasn't released when Brown was replaced by Kasthuri who claimed the final two wickets to have Brentham all out for 80 in 33.3 overs.
C. Louw 10-4-15-1H. Dharmaraja 6-1-16-1C. Brown 8-3-13-4T. Hadgie 7-2-19-1L. Kasthuri 2.3-1-3-2
One day HSM's followers will enjoy a relaxing start to their batting but, yet again, it wasn't to be because Kasthuri was run out with the second ball of the innings followed shortly after by number three Jaimit Patel who was bowled for four.
Dhiren DeSilva and Louw put on 38 before Louw was caught and bowled for 22, leaving the score 45 for four.
Ian Harris added two and Tom Pettet 15 before they were out and it was left to DeSilva and Sam Blennerhassett to see HSM to a five-wicket victory that they hoped would give them a bit of breathing space at the bottom of they league.
However, they then heard that elsewhere Eastcote, one place below them, beat leaders Indian Gymkhana and bottom side Harrow tied with second from bottom Winchmore Hill, so there is still all to play for with these four teams battling it out for survival.
Next week HSM play Winchmore Hill which will be a massive deciding game for HSM.
Harrow St Mary's 2nd XI 185-3 beatCrouch End 2nd XI 184 all out by seven wickets
Two opening maidens and then two wickets in two balls in the third over for Keagan Wheeler and Crouch End were two for two.
Their number two Alexander and number four Mathura threw the bat and took the score to 81 when Nishad Patel got Alexander caught for 24.
Patel struck immediately again getting number five Biswa, caught by wicket-keeper Gale for a duck.
Then a partnership was broken by Tony Wright, two more for Wheeler and then Wright finished their innings, all out for 184.
Wheeler 10.4-1-40-4Amar Dave 3--1-12-0Harindu Gunesekara 3-0-20-1Sikander Randhawa 5-0-22-0Tony Wright 5-0-17-2Subhash Satyam 2-0-8-0Nishad Patel 8-1-47-3
HSM's batsmen all contributed as follows: Randhawa 24, Gevindu Liyanage 34, Gary Pettet 32 not out, Keagam Wheeler 48, Subhash Satyam 3 no tout and HSM finished on 185 for three.
Then news came in that league leaders Middx Tamils only got a winning draw, so the forthcoming match against these two battling it out at the top of the table will have HSM supporters in a dilemma as to which of their top two teams to go and watch! Harrow St Mary's 3rd XI 133-2 (22 overs) beatEaling 3rd XI 132 all out (47.2 overs) by eight wickets81 from Shivam Chauhan keeps HSM top of the table
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