AN IMPRESSIVE all round performance from Hamish McCarthy was not enough to secure another victory for Stanmore as home side Winchmore Hill just held on to a draw in the Middlesex League.
Stanmore knocked the ball around well with the bat and McCarthy's 71 put them in a commanding position.
Ahmed added a useful 53 to the total and in 68 overs they had racked up 237 for 9.
Winchmore Hill made the task difficult for themselves but managed to fend off Stanmore's bowling attack for long enough to claim a point.
Jim Gatting proved to make the difference for the home side -standing firm to hit an unbeaten 81 while partners came and went regularly.
Not even McCarthy, who finished the innings with four wickets for 46 runs, could take the scalp of Gatting as he helped his side to 167 for 9.
The additional four points come on the back of two straight wins which have now seen Stanmore push up the table.
They currently sit more comfortably in mid-table with some breathing space from the drop zone, after a difficult start to their campaign.
Stanmore's second XI did not fare so well in their match Richmond with a home defeat denting their promotion hopes.
The visitors were put into bat by Stanmore and started well to post 200 or 9 before declaring after 50 overs.
Stanmore were slow in reply and were toppled in just 38 overs, 54 runs short of the total on 146.
The third team remain in danger of dropping down a division after an away defeat at Brondesbury left them just a point above the relegation zone.
Stanmore posted a decent total of 208 for 4 with Ramesh doing the most damage hitting 74.
But Brondesury's batting line-up were also in the runs are they reached the total with the loss of five wickets.