Stanmore 286-6

Finchley 255 all out

Stanmore won by 31 runs

STEVE Eskinazi’s unbeaten knock of 154 laid the foundations for Stanmore’s 31-run victory over Finchley at the weekend.

The Middlesex protégée (pictured) smashed the considerable score from just 148 balls to add to his growing reputation as a big-hitter.

Stanmore won the toss and they decided to bat – instantly regretting the decision.

Talha Azam was caught for a duck by Joshua Knappett off the bowling of Frahan Butt to see the visitors make a poor start at Arden Field.

But Stanmore fans need not have worried with Eskinazi at the crease.

He crushed the ball, sending it to all four corners of the ground in a devastating stint in possession of the bat, and was yet to relinquish hold of it throughout the innings.

Nicholas Goh (32) and Marc Reingold (29) also chipped in with reasonable runs but it was Eskinazi’s 154 that made up the bulk of the 286 total.

Finchley had a big job on their hands to meet that target, however they set about chasing it down with gusto.

Joshua Knappett made a century before his wicket was claimed by Mukesh Bhatt, one of four he took on the day as the main threat with the ball, but nobody could match his power.

Finchley eventually ran 31 runs short of the target in a valiant effort that came to nothing.

Elsewhere, in Division Three, Wembley and Kenton were beaten by Highgate and Acton respectively in a disappointing day for both clubs.