1's back on track, 2's stay in touch but defeat for 3's and 4's.
Another League Saturday of mixed fortunes saw wins for the 1's and 2's, a winning draw for the 5's but defeats's for the 3's and 4's. The 1's travelled to Harrow St Mary's and were invited to bat first. Will Phillips and Adam London got us off to another good start and despite the loss of Ben Compton on the stroke of lunch, we were well-placed at 117 for 2. However after the resumption, wickets began to fall with regularity as we inched our way towards 200. Most batsmen made double figures but only Will topped 54 and we were eventually all out for 224 off 62.3 overs. David Burton struck second ball and the hosts were soon 24 for 2 and 46 for 3 at tea. After the break, wickets continued to fall as Harrow St Mary's were reduced to 119 for 7. From there, they rallied with an 8th wicket partnership of 63 threatening a successful chase but Burts returned to take two crucial wickets and a run-out secured the victory. The 12 point win sees the 1's move up to 5th place, but now only 15 points behind leaders Ealing who we play next Saturday. After losing top spot last Saturday, when Shepherds Bush 2's managed a win when most matches were rained off, it was important for the 2's to bounce back with a win against Osterley. Playing at the Newman Ground, due to the T20 at Old Deer Park today, the 2's bowled first and restricted the visitors to 167 all out with Kshitij Desai and Steven Deakin taking 4 wickets each. Our reply started poorly as 4 wickets fell for 30 runs but KD in partnership with Tanmay Thanawalla steadied the ship. However when KD had to retire with cramp, more than 100 was still required. Your correspondent rushed off to Sainsbury's for salt and tonic water and returned to find that Tanmay had been dismissed and 80 runs were still required. However Miles Dilworth continued his good form and, with Dan Fryer, the total was slowly but surely chased down. Dan departed with 25 required but KD was now fit enough to return and see us home. Miles ended on 49 not out, KD 45 not out. The win sees us remain in 2nd just one point behind the Bush. The 3's were at Chiswick House and visitors Eastcote scored an eminently gettable 219. Joel Clarke was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 25 and there were two wickets for Arun Bhasin and Paddy Guest. However, our reply was poor as we were dismissed for just 58. The loss sees the 3's in 6th place, 19 points above the relegation places. The 4's travelled to Hampstead and were dismissed for just 122. Sean Matthew Austin was top-scorer with 36. This was never enough and the hosts knocked them off for the loss of just 2 wickets in only 17 overs. The 4's remain in the relegation places and have work to do to get out of trouble. The 5's had a very dull draw against Ealing 5's. W3 batted first and recorded 237 for 7 off just 44 overs, Phil Bates scoring 55. The home side lost early wickets and put up the shutters to end on 125 for 5 off 55 overs. The 5's drop to 4th in the table some way off top spot.