WEEK 9: A PROMISING WEEKEND BUT THE FIRST XI CONTINUE THEIR POOR RUN
At Tivoli road, the second XI welcomed the unbeaten and league leaders Stanmore, losing the toss we were sent into bat. Their decision justified as we slumped to 40-4 after 15 overs. However a devastating 5th wicket partnership between skipper James Fleming and Oliver Peppiatt of 109 brought us right back into the game. The skipper eventually fell for 56, which brought Bishal Bidduth to the crease who continued in the same vain, him and Oliver Peppiatt put on a further 66. Oliver Peppiatt reached his maiden Hornsey hundred in the 53rd over, this prompted James Fleming’s declaration [238-7 off 53]. This was a brilliant recovery against a good side. After the interval Stanmore began their run chase at a gallop, but 2 Kieran McAdam wickets stalled their effort. The introduction of our spin twins Adrian Fawden and George Everitt proved crucial as they took the next 5 wickets, leaving them reeling at 113-7 after 28. Stanmore then offered some resistance before Nii-Amaa Ollennu had their set batsmen caught behind [172-8 after 39]. Sadly in the last 8 overs we could only manage 1 more wicket as they finished 197-9 after 47. This gave us a relatively dominant wining draw against the league leaders, particularly impressive considering the start we made.
Keiron McAdam 5-0-23-2
Adrain Fawden 13-0-46-3
George Everitt 13-1-44-3
Bishal Bidduth 4-0-23-0
The first XI were also playing against the league leaders, as they travelled to Brentham. Our recent batting issues were once again prevalent and were our downfall as we were skittled for a well under par 125 in 41.4 overs. The skipper, Garfield Struthers was the only man to make above 20. The leaders Brentham got the total 4 down in the 35th over, without looking in a great deal of trouble throughout. This was another disappointing loss to take as our poor form continues.
The third XI once again battled hard for a losing draw, up against league leaders Ealing we were always up against it as they posted a commanding score of 270-4 after 44 overs. We lost wickets at crucial stages putting the win out of reach, but Robbie Deveney and Luke Dewey once again battled hard to rescue a point and frustrate Ealing’s bowlers as we finished on 150-9.
The fourth XI beat neighbours Alexandra park by 3 wickets, we bowled first and restricted them to 118 all out, Oscar Wood starred with the ball taking 7-42. We made the chase slightly harder than it should, however Oscar once again steered us across the line with 29*, capping off a great all round performance.
Sundays MDL match was unfortunately cancelled this weekend.