The second XI continued its march up the league table whilst our other teams succumbed to disheartening losses.
The second XI entertained Eastcote at Tivoli road and were sent into bat after losing the toss. George Croton, playing his first second team game of the season opened the batting with fellow youngster Tom Lytle. The two looked comfortable and established a solid foundation with a 66 run opening partnership before George was trapped LBW . Tom Lytle was then joined by Oliver Peppiatt who batted fluently from the outset. Tom eventually fell for 37, but Ollie continued to compile from the other end, finishing on 79. With other late contributions we reached a very competitive score of 220-8 off 50 overs. On a track aiding spin we opened the bowling with Adrian Fawden and George Everitt, who both gave nothing to the Eastcote top order, they limped to 30-3 after 14 overs. A few overs later, a contender for catch of the season was taken by George Croton on the square leg boundary off Nii’s bowling, somehow managing to keep both himself and the ball inside the boundary rope [55-4]. Eastcote offered some middle order resistance with an aggressive 82 run partnership, giving them an outside chance of victory. Eastcote continued to bat aggressively, however continued to lose wickets at crucial stages to the smart bowling of George Everitt and Adrian Fawden. Eventually Eastcote lost their final wicket in the 48th over giving the 2s a well-earned victory, moving the second XI up to second.
Adrian Fawden 23-7-57-4
George Everitt 17-1-68-5
The first XI faced a stern test travelling to a motivated Osterley. We bowled well on the most part, Osterley eventually being bowled out for 216 in 52.4 overs. Habib Younis was the standout performer with the ball taking 6-45, Jack Bruce also bowled with a lot of control up front [10-1-27]. James Bull and Jack Bruce made a reasonable start but as with much of the season so far, we lacked consistency and lost wickets at regular intervals and never really looked like we would get across the line. We were bowled out for 155 in the 43rd over, a crushing defeat to one of our promotion chasing rivals. This defeat leaves us in 5th place, however such is the competitiveness of the league we are only 8 points off leaders Brentham.
The poor results continued as the third XI, currently fighting relegation lost to MTSCC by 87 runs. This was a tough result to take considering the determination shown in blocking out for the draw, the final wicket falling in the last over. The fourth XI had a spectacular middle order collapse after a solid enough start, being bowled out for 80 and losing by 65 runs.
On Sunday we began the defence of our MDL title at Tivoli road hosting Crouch End. With poor availability the side was unrecognisable from last years final. We bowled first Crouch End finishing on 230, unfortunately we lost our overseas in the 2nd over of the game to a side strain making it hard to contain. Ben Waine batted superbly for 73 and with him in it looked as though we could have got close to the target. However, without our overseas and with the dismissal of Ben our chase stalled. We managed to come away with a losing draw after some dogged defence from our tail enders.