How Harrow St Mary's could have done with the talents of Ravi Patel as they slumped to the bottom of Middlesex County League Division Two on Saturday.
While former HSM colt Patel was celebrating a call up to the England Lions squad this week, his former side were reflecting on losing their basement battle against fellow strugglers Eastcote by nine wickets.
This was a game that both teams had to win to try to go some way to securing their safety, but some abysmal batting that may have written off their survival hopes.
Struggling at 38-7, it was left to U16 colt Ian Harris (37) and Nish Selvakumar (35) to try and give HSM some dignity back, and a partnership of 76 took the score to 114, while a quick handful of boundaries from Harmeet Singh helped HSM to 136 all out, but Eastcote knocked off the runs for the loss of one wicket.
Big partnerships of 151 between Jaimet Patel (102) and Gary Pettet (86), and 100 between Pettet and Curtley Loew (51) took the seconds to 267-3 dec, but it took a wicket from Tony Wright, who claimed a five-fer, in the final over to see off a stubborn Old Actonians, while the thirds lost to Stanmore by one wicket.
In the same division, Harrow had a winning draw against Uxbridge, but Stanmore lost by 82 runs to Finchley in Division One. Wembley remain top of Division Three after winning their derby against Kenton by eight wickets, but Harrow Town to Highgate by 81 runs and MTSCC went down by 53 runs to North London.
Elsewhere, Friends United's promotion hopes in the Middlesex Premier League suffered a blow with a six-wicket loss to Diu Daredevils. Kirit Mohane (20 from 78 balls) and Yogesh Nagpal (14 from 35 balls) managed to take the Friends score to 102 all out in 39 overs, but despite some excellent leg breaks and two wickets for Ramesh Magan, they came up short in reply.