DIVISION ONE: Ealing 217-7 (10pts) beat Eastcote 214 (0pts) by three wickets
Eastcote gave reigning league champions Ealing a real fright at Southill Lane but in the end they were left with nothing to show for a spirited display after the visitors dug deep to take the 10 points back down the A40.
Overnight and morning rain delayed the start by two hours and at 1.30pm Eastcote were sent in on a damp and tricky wicket and theysoon lost Phil Wise without scoring, followed by Jivan Lotay (4).
Aussie sensation Tom Scollay took on the bowling at the other end before he too fell for a quick-fire 20 and with the score at 45 for three new bats David Goodchild and Chris Coleman produced a top class fourth-wicket partnership.
They put on 108 together to see the home side up to a respectable 153 for four when Goodchild was caught behind after a hard-hitting 76 from just 61 deliveries. Chris Coleman (56) reached his half-century a little later and with minor contributions from the lower middle order the home side made it up to 214 all out in the 56th over.
Simon Hawk returned four for 34 for Ealing and then showed he is no slouch with the bat either as he and Sameer Patel laid into the Eastcote bowling with venom.
Crude, but effective batting saw the score race to 60 in just eight overs until Patel (29) missed a straight one from Mahrouf Chowdhury.
Luke Stoughton (7) did not hang around for long but Holt (18) continued the onslaught before falling victim to Goodchild's first delivery.
When danger man Hawk (73) also departed four balls later, to a magnificent catch from Alan Coleman, the scoreboard suddenly looked very different at 136 for four with two new men at the crease.
One of those was Middlesex exile Chris Peploe but he was cut down in his prime by another fantastic catch by Alan Coleman off Lotay (1-47) and Zubin Bhettay (1) followed him into the pavilion after an energetic, back-pedalling catch from Mark Collier.
With Ealing having collapsed from 135 for two to 141 for six, Eastcote suddenly looked favourites for the win and as the Ealing contingent fell quiet, an unlikely victory drew even closer when Derek Lane (1) left a Goodchild (4-38) delivery only to see it clip the top of his off stump.
Ealing were at sea at 155 for seven having lost five wickets for 20.
However, just as Eastcote appeared to have victory within their grasp, Ian Blanchett (49 not out) and Steven Scott (21 not out) batted sensibly and stead-fastly to see Ealing home with three wickets and a couple of overs to spare.