There are just 4 games remaining in this season's league programme and the 1st XI remain at the top of the Premiership. However, their lead has been reduced to 18 points after Ealing secured a second consecutive 12 point victory. Meanwhile there was a narrow defeat for the 2's, a losing draw for the 3's and a comprehensive win for the 4's.
Greg King won the toss at the Bush and invited the hosts to bat first. As has been the pattern in recent weeks, the new ball combination of David Burton and Will Phillips made early inroads, reducing the Bush to 56 for 5 before Abhishek Jhunjhunwala and Abdullah Nazir applied further pressure. The Bush went into lunch at 107 for 8 and whilst they managed to add another 24 runs after the break, their total of 131 was never going to be enough. Abhi finished up with 4 for 30, Burts 3 for 35, Will 2 for 39 and Abdullah 1 for 9.
Richmond's reply was steady with Will and Greg and then Greg and Ben Compton. When the captain was out with the score on 65, it was time for Abhi to accelerate the chase and his quick fire 33 took us to 110 before Adam London joined Compo to finish the game off. Richmond had chased down their target in just 23.1 overs and the match was all over well before the scheduled tea interval.
Playing at the Newman Ground, whilst ODP was being prepared for today's Middlesex T20 match, the 2's batted first and, through a mixture of misfortune and poor batting only managed to score 144. 3 wickets fell quickly before a 4th wicket stand seemed to have given the visitors a comfortable win. However, Richmond rallied reducing the defending champions to 140 for 8 before they scraped over the line. The defeat leaves the 2's in 4th place 43 points behind North Midd who need just 2 points to secure the title again.
The 3's invited Osterley to bat on a very dry wicket and the hosts scored 251 for 8 off 50 overs. Hari Badale was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 48. Richmond's reply stuttered and in the end the 3's had to settle for the draw. They remain in 4th place.
The 4's played at Chiswick House and racked up an impressive 253. Charlie Roberts was the top scorer with 53 whilst there were good contributions throughout the side. Wembley were dismissed for 123 with 3 wickets apiece for Sean Matthew Austin and Hamza Sajawal, 2 each for Charlie and Dhruva Preston. The 4's are in 5th place.
Updated 13:29 - 14 Aug 2018 by Richard Zotov