WEEK 17: DISMAL WEEKEND
Our first XI faced a tough test, travelling to league leaders Crouch End. With us sitting in second place with only 2 games to go, we knew we were just 2 wins short of getting promoted back to the premier league. We won the toss and batted first, however our batting frailties from the beginning of the season emerged at such a crucial time. We stumbled to an extremely disappointing 134 all out, with most of our top order batsmen failing to contribute. Only Les Edwards  and Joe Emanuel  made any reasonable contributions. Crouch End haven’t been short of runs with the bat this year, with 4 of their batsmen being inside the top 50 run scorers in the whole of the Middlesex leagues, in contrast to our 1.
134 wasn’t an imposing target and it showed, Crouch End romped home to victory, only 4 wickets down and with plenty overs to spare to round off a disappointing performance at such a crucial stage of the season. The result means we drop down to 4th, meaning we are reliant on other results for promotion. We play Brentham who are in second, if we win and Brondesbury also lose we will gain promotion..
The second XI have nothing to play for, shown through both the performance and the make shift team. Twickenham won the toss and batted first, scoring 295-8 in their 45 overs, a mammoth total. Casey Marsh and Richard Mcdermott toiled but stuck at it and got their reward taking 3 wickets apiece. Chasing such an imposing target, victory was always improbable especially considering the loss of early wickets with the run rate climbing. We eventually crumbled for 99-9 (Luke Dewey unable to bat), James Bull batted nicely and offered some resistance, finishing on 45*. At one stage the second XI looked as though they might get promoted however we have faded during the latter stages of the season.
The third XI travelled to Uxbridge in another seemingly must win game in their relegation dogfight. Bowling first, Johnny Bruce once again came out of retirement and took 6-55, however despite his performance Uxbridge still managed to get to a very competitive total of 224. In reply to their total we lost a few early wickets, a valiant 41 from Gary Norris meant we had an outside chance at one stage, however when he fell we were almost dead and buried. We finished 170 all out, confirming a loss and a relegation fight that will go down to the last game of the season. If we beat league leaders Ealing next week we cant be relegated, the objective is crystal clear.
To cap off a disastrous weekend, the fourth XI were unable to raise a side and had to forfeit their game.
On a more positive note, next week the MDL side play in the final of the competition.