KENTON put last week's disappointing showing at Highgate behind them and got their campaign back on track with a comprehensive win at home to Uxbridge on Saturday.
In overcast conditions, and on a bowler-friendly wicket, Kenton lost the toss and were duly put in to bat.
The Uxbridge bowlers failed to capitalise as Kenton, in contrast to the previous week, got off to a flyer. A barrage of boundaries resulted in a first wicket partnership of 94 in just 14 overs between Schopun Jooma (63 from 49 balls) and Deepak Singh (31 from 42).
Both departed in quick succession and, as the Uxbridge bowlers started to find their rhythm, so the run rate slowed.
Sachin Patel and Ashish Karia then went cheaply and, from a position of strength, Kenton suddenly looked a touch edgy at 114 for four after 25 overs.
It was becoming increasingly apparent that, due to the declining state of the wicket, chasing anything in the region of 200 was going to be difficult. With this in mind Kenton's middle order patiently set about rebuilding.
Despite a late flurry of wickets, contributions from Rishi Kotecha (45) and Kaushal Patel (30) meant that the home side were able to post a highly competitive score of 212 from 50 overs.
Kenton took the field in the knowledge that a repeat performance of last week was unlikely to yield anything other than a negative result.
Early breakthroughs with the new ball from Moshin Zubair and Schopun Jooma put Kenton in the ascendancy as Uxbridge stuttered to 27 for two.
A 50-run stand for the third wicket between Andre Jason and Nick Hardy briefly threatened to wrestle the advantage from Kenton.
However, the introduction of skipper David Sweeney (2-32) and Deepak Singh (2-9) proved to be crucial.
Three wickets fell for the addition of just one run and Uxbridge were left reeling, the consolation of hanging on for a point their only real hope of salvaging something from the game.
As the runs dried up, Uxbridge went into block mode and, with the heavens seemingly ready to open, Kenton needed some inspiration.
This arrived in the form of left-arm spinner Sami Haider, whose spell of 4-18 from five overs completely bamboozled the lower order as Uxbridge were bundled out for 127 from 38 overs.
JOHN Spencer carried his bat and made an unbeaten 61 which got Pinner out of jail after they had been precariously placed at 48 for five in Saturday's Middlesex Championship match at Old Actonians.
With Gary Steadman chipping in with 23 against a good home bowling attack, the visitors eventually reached a defendable score of 148 for eight.
Left with 21 overs to score the runs in a rain interrupted game, the Actonians innings was destroyed by Steadman (4-16) and Laurence Schreiber (2-16) as they slumped to 43 for six.
In fading light the two pacemen came off but, despite further successes, Actonians hung on for a draw, finishing with 41 for nine.
PINNER Spencer not out......61 Panaskar lbw b Mahmood......6
Pinner had a 20-run win over an excellent nine-man Hayes Academy side in a 40-over game on Sunday.
Pinner captain and president Peter Catterall (25), Bhavik Thakker (66) and Nicoshan Rajadurai (24) saw their side to 181 all out.
Hayes batted well in reply, with Sumner (52) particularly impressive, but with Mansukh Kuntawala taking 2-22 and Nicoshan Rajadurai taking 2-28, the home side finished short on 161 for seven.
* Daniel Langan took 5-42 as Pinner 2nds dismissed Old Lyonians for 153 on Saturday.
Auggie Perera top scored with 28 as Pinner made 66 for seven in reply, and held out for a draw.