DIVISION 3A: Hillingdon Manor 178-8 (20pts) beat Cove 177 (12pts) by two wickets
Tailender Adam Seymour played the innings of his life as Hillingdon Manor beat all the odds to avoid relegation.
Manor looked down and out five weeks ago but a series of good performances gave them a fighting chance going into the final weekend of the season, but they still needed to beat a Cove side that required a similar result to secure second place and promotion.
Manor's prospects were bleak when they slumped to 118 for eight, needing another 60 runs with no recognised batsmen remaining.
However, number nine Seymour showed nerves of steel and with out of form Zab Akram going from strength to strength following an edge through the slips for four, Manor sneaked home with two wickets in hand to ensure their survival.
Manor knew they almost certainly needed to win the game and hope other results went in their favour and with rain forecast, Simon Webb put Cove into bat on a damp pitch.
Bilal Akram trapped Steve Nuns LBW for 19 and during a superb spell of tight, fast bowling, Akram had Cagney (24) caught and bowled and Anthony (13) followed, to a high, swirling catch by Morris.
Seymour then joined the party, picking up three wickets in two overs including two in two balls and once Dee (6) was bowled by Akram, Cove were in real trouble at 105 for seven.
News then filtered through that the Hampton Hill versus Gerrards Cross II game had been abandoned, which meant Manor definitely had to win to stay up.
However, that was in doubt once again when Richard Swannell (39 not out) and Cove captain Andy McNeill (43) batted really well to put on 71 for the eighth wicket.
Desperate for a wicket, Webb brought himself on and picked up two quick scalps and Akram (5-57) returned to wrap up the innings as Cove lost their last three wickets without addition, ending on 177.
Rain came during tea but fortunately it passed yet Manor immediately lost Morris, bowled first ball by off-spinner Qas Abbas (2-50) who also removed David Huntley cheaply.
Hodgson (27) and Karim (25) batted well until the latter was caught at midoff playing one shot too many and that brought Webb to the crease and his superb 40 got Manor back in the hunt.
However, when he was caught behind attempting to clear mid-on, a flurry of wickets followed and Manor were on their knees at 118 for eight, with McNeill continuing his good performance in the match with four for 51.
Seymour refused to lie down though, batting with controlled aggression as he and Akram steadily brought the target within sight.
They needed eight off the last two overs and hearts were in mouths when Seymour came down the wicket and launched Abbas over his head for a straight six.
A single and a scampered bye saw Manor home to joyous celebrations with Seymour finished unbeaten on 34 and Akram on 24, earning Manor another year in Division Three.
DIVISION ONE: Harefield 152-2 (20pts) beat Kew 150-8 (7pts) by eight wickets
NEARLY club Harefield ended their season on a high by racing to victory at home to Kew but they had to settle for a third runners-up spot in four years as they just missed out on promotion once again.
Champions Beaconsfield have been unbeatable, winning 14 out of 16 completed games and the Hares have always been playing catch-up after they lost the clash between the sides back in May.
In the end Harefield defeated Kew by eight wickets in the only game to survive the weather on the final day, finishing 59 points behind the champions.
On Saturday Harefield were on top from the moment Doug King (3-38) snared Bruce Frederichs (1) as he and Mluleki Nkala (4-43) went on to destroy the Kew top order.
The visitors slumped to 36 for six before Kunal Kholi (24) provided some resistance and he and Michael Dunn put on 72 for the seventh wicket.
Number eight Dunn was unbeaten on 76 when he ran out of time as Kew ended on 150 for eight.
Harefield lost Fraser Wilson (16) and Ollie Richards (1) to Mike O'Toole (2-35) to slip to 18 for two but Terry Crabb and Barry Webb saw the hosts home without further damage. Crabb remained to make 74 not out from 86 balls and Webb added 56 from 63 as Harefield raced to victory in the 28th over.
DIVISION 4A: Cookham Dean 124-9 (7pts) Hayes 106-3 (7pts) match abandoned
CHAMPIONS Hayes so nearly completed their summer with victory over nearest challengers Cookham Dean in a match that featured plenty of controversy.
On arrival at Cookham Dean it was obvious the pitch and outfield had suffered with the recent rain but the hosts were desperate to play because other teams could still overtake them for the runners-up spot and therefore the second promotion place, if the match was abandoned.
Hayes agreed to play, with plenty of sawdust on the ground, but after only two overs of quick bowling another downpour ended proceedings for more than two hours, with Cookham on three without loss after winning the toss.
Eventually the teams decided to restart but Hayes captain Simon Green decided it was too dangerous for the quicks to bowl so Mike Green and Steve Cooper came on with their variety of spin and medium bowling.
They bowled throughout the innings as Cookham crumbled to 30 for four before a short stand by Butt (33) and Farnborough (28) ended on 67 and the innings never recovered as they finished on 124 for nine from their innings, which was reduced to 37 overs.
Cooper took five for 65 and Mike Green returned two for 54, with Simon Green and Claudius Wayland fashioning two run outs.
Hayes had 33 overs to get the runs and like Cookham they struggled to score quickly as the wet grass held the ball up.
Simon Green was first to go, LBW to Nunn for 12 with the score on 17, followed by Mike Green who was bowled by Nunn for nine with the total at 34.
Ram Ramneth and opener Steve Cooper kept the score ticking over and what had looked like a certain draw developed into a chance of victory.
Ramneth was caught off Patel's bowling for 18 with the score at 78 and Keith Wallis joined Cooper to boost it to 104 in the 28th over.
It then started to drizzle and Cookham, staring a potentially costly defeat in the face, now decided they did not want to play on.
Hayes did not want to contrive a result in Cookham's favour and after much discussion between captains and umpires, including television sports presenter Jim Rosenthal who umpired for Cookham, they carried on.
However, two runs later with Steve Cooper on 56 not out, it poured down and Hayes conceded the conditions were unplayable and the match was abandoned.
That meant Cookham gained seven points instead of a likely two, which meant the table was as it was at the start of the day as they pipped Wooburn Narkovians for second place by just two points.
Steve Cooper finished his season with aremarkable average of 325, having lost his wicket only once in four innings.