Johnonians 227-6 (40 overs) Paddington 189 all out (37.9 overs) Old Johnonians beat Paddington by 38 runs
HIS team-mates joked that Adam Licudi's 48 was a case of 'jug-avoidance' - the tradition where a batsman's half-century requires him to get a jug of beer in.
But in truth, Licudi's massive hoist at the end of the Paddington innings on Sunday was a desperate bid to make the runs exclusively by sixes.
When he was caught, it ended a decent run chase with Matthew Bunning toiling for his 39, and uncle Steve Bunning chipping in with a useful 31.
At one stage in the scorching sun, Paddington thought they would never be free of the Johnonians opening pair.
The old boys' team from Leatherhead put on 195 for the first wicket.
But as so often happens, when the partnership was eventually split, a rash of wickets spread themselves across the scorer's book with Matthew Bunning (2-28), Matthew Barry (1-22), and Tim Mortlock (2-45), offering false hope their side could repair the damage.
LONDON'S first T20 Cricket Competition will see 12 boroughs competing for the £11,000 first prize when play finally gets under way on Sunday.
The idea is basically Twenty20 cricket for local teams - but a very lucrative one - with a grand final in August making the winners that much richer after winning an earlier franchise to represent their area.
The round-robin league format has the 12 sides split into groups of four at three different venues - with two games played by each side on any one day.
This Sunday, BRENT, Hackney, City of London and Barking & Dagenham go head-to-head at Waltham Forest.
At Barnet, HARROW take on EALING, Redbridge and Barnet, while in the south, CITY OF WESTMINSTER, Greenwich, KENSINGTON & CHELSEA and HAMMERSMITH & FULHAM hope to get off to a winning start at Wandsworth Common.
For further information log on to: http://www.londont20.moonfruit.com
Balham 186 all out (40 overs) K&C 187-4 (28.2 overs) KENSINGTON & CHELSEA beat Balham Roamers by six wickets THERE was one bloke who didn't get a post-match beer from Ammad Atee on Saturday.
Team-mate Ricky Yearwood took a turn at umpiring and gave the K&C batsman out LBW when he was just getting into his stride on 25.
"It was a stinker of a decision," reckoned K&C skipper Shay Naidoo - but in the overall scheme of things it mattered little.
Damian Dharmaratne used the uneven pitch at Battersea Park to get the ball to lift - and together with Yearwood and Max Stubenvoll, the trio took care of the Balham innings, minus one fabulous run out.
David Babbage hurled in from extra cover, aiming at just one stump - and took it out of the ground in spectacular fashion.
In the absence of the fuming Atee, Martin Chamberlain (71), and Dharmaratne (54) took care of the bulk of K&C's response, to pass the Balham total with 12 overs to spare.