MIDDLESEX COUNTY PREMIER CRICKET LEAGUE Brentham 211 lost to Eastcote (10pts) 214 for 3 by seven wickets
Eastcote travelled to Brentham were they surged past their opponents to claim an overwhelming victory in their MCCL match on Saturday.
Despite consuming the lion's share of the available overs, Brentham only managed to post a target of 211, which the visitors easily overhauled with seven wickets and nine overs to spare.
After winning the toss on a gusty and rain threatening morning captain Chris Coleman invited Brentham to bat first, and Alan Coleman soon broke through.
The home side continued to struggle and bled wickets to Coleman and Collier as they slipped to 46 for 3, and concern switched to alarm in the Brentham changing room when this became 50 for 4, but when lunch arrived they had evaded further mishap at 78 for 4.
Immediately afterwards Phil Wise snapped up a brilliant reflex catch to remove Mohsin (11) and soon afterwards Jivan Lotay took his second wicket to make it 81 for 6 and Brentham were in trouble.
However, their blushes were saved by a swashbuckling knock from Mughal, whose crude, but effective shot making scored 71 out of a part-nership of 75 with youngster Tom Brendreth, before he was removed by the ever-competitive Metcalfe.
Brandreth went on to score a fine 26, but Brentham were eventually dismissed for 211 in the 67th over, with Lotay taking 5 for 49, ably supported by impressive bowling from Alan Coleman (2-19) and Mark Collier (2-40).
In reply Tom Scollay threatened to tear the Brentham bowling apart as he dominated the opening attack, but a screaming low cover drive just before tea was hit straight to hand when he was on 25.
Any Brentham hopes of a fight-back were soon extinguished after the interval as Chowdhury took on the role of play maker with relish, scoring a valiant 53 before he was dismissed, but Eastcote were in command at 105 for 2.
As David Goodchild emerged from the pavilion, Lotay was growing in confidence and this key partnership saw the visitors almost home.
Hard hitting from Goodchild and finesse from Lotay saw the score rattle along and even the loss of Good-child (42) to make it 188 for 3 did little to stem the gathering storm as Chris Coleman picked up his bat.
Lotay capped a superb individual all-round performance with an unbeaten 80 as the Southill Lane side eased past the target in only 46 overs taking 10 valuable championship points to lift them a place up the league table.
* A great league Saturday for East-cote included a win for the second team at home, also against Brentham, with a fine 88 from Harpal Sagoo, and also a win for the 3rd team at home against Barnet B.