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WEEK 13: 1’S AND 2’S LOSE GROUND ON LEAGUE LEADERS

The first XI hosted Enfield who sit near the foot of the table, with league leaders Crouch End and Brentham continuing their good form, this game was a must win. Enfield won the toss and batted first, they started in very circumspect fashion, showing their clear intent on trying to bat the full 55 overs and us out of the game. They reached 100-4 after 40 overs when the players came off for rain, as they looked like they would stumble to a mediocre score. It took an inspired performance from their no. 7 who struck the ball cleanly to propel them to a score of 201-8 after their full 55 overs. The wickets were spread amongst our bowlers, with Arthur George, Bhasker Patel, Joe Emanuel and Habib Younis all picking up 2 wickets apiece.

On a sticky wicket and with only 45 overs to bat, 201 looked a relatively challenging target, then when we found ourselves reeling at 45-4 the target looked almost impossible. A good partnership from Joe Emanuel [39] and Les Edwards [49] followed, however with few wickets in hand and a climbing run rate, the victory seemingly was out of reach. In the end we had to settle for the 4 point total which we comfortably reached, finishing on 181-7 after 45 overs.

The second XI travelled to Harrow St Marys needing a win to keep realistic hope of promotion. We elected to bowl first which looked like an inspired decision as Harrow St Marys stumbled through their innings. Our tight bowling and fielding meant they were never able to cut loose, as they slipped from 80-4 to 96-7. Eventually, after the tail wagging they were bowled out for 137.

We started badly in reply as Tom Lytle fell in the first over, we never recovered in truth and found ourselves 26-3 and then 66-8. For the second week running, the batting has cost the second XI and may have finished any hopes of getting promoted. Only Cormac Haughton [27] and Daniel Marshall [27] showed any form of resistance in an otherwise of dismal batting performance. We were eventually bowled out for 88 runs, meaning we lost by 48 runs.

The third XI once again fought hard for a draw. Bowling first against Finchley we restricted them to 161-9 after 46 overs. The wickets were spread amongst the bowlers. David Brown, Oscar Wood, Ton Blackshaw and Alex Mckenzie all bowled nicely and had wickets to show for it.

Unfortunately the same couldn’t be said about the batting, only John Ainger contributed with 29. It took more heroics from Johnny Bruce, this time joined by Cameron Steel who blocked out for 25 overs to rescue a point, we finished on 130-9.

The fourth XI played in an extremely high scoring and entertaining draw. Harrow town batted first and made an impressive 301-4, in response to the imposing target the fourth XI reached 246-7 to claim 1 point, a good effort with the bat.

Next Sunday we play in the semi-final of the MDL as we look to retain our title.