DIVISION 3A: Hillingdon Manor 220 beat Harefield 177 by 44 runs

HILLINGDON Manor overcame Hare-field in their must win bottom of the table clash on Saturday thanks to good performances from Azim Karim and Iain Hodgson.

Batting first Manor were struggling at 53 for 4 after Riaan Huyser (4-27) bowled an excellent spell of seam bowling.

It was then that Karim and Hodgson came together and both batted superbly as they put out on 101 for the fifth wicket. When Hodgson departed for 50, Harefield picked up another wicket before another important stand for Manor, this time between Zab Akram (21) and Karim lifted them to a respectable total.

Both fell in quick succession with Karim making 85 that contained 11 fours as Manor were all out for 220.

Manor then got the important breakthrough they needed with Adam Seymour getting Harefield's opener caught at cover.

However, Harefield passed the 100 mark for the loss of only three wickets and a tight game looked in prospect.

However, the introduction of Aftab Akram turned the game for Manor as he picked up two quick wickets. Cokely (32) and Collett (22) pushed Harefield's total up before Justin Nicholls picked up three wickets at the end to ensure Manor got the 25 points they desperately needed. Manor now lie 15 points from safety with seven games to go.

A freak injury to spinner Syed Shah marred what was a good performance by Manor's 2nd XI against title contenders Henley.

Henley batted first and posted a formidable 272 for 6 of 46 overs as both Mo Sherali and Scott Morris picked up two wickets.

The innings had a long delay when Shah broke his collar bone fielding a ball and an ambulance arrived.

In reply Mark Haywood made his first 50 for the second team as a steady start saw Manor reach 116 for 3.

Then Gulum Sherali (37) and stand in captain David Huntley (36) made a part-nership of 58. This was enough to see Manor through to the draw despite a flurry of late wickets as Manor posted 189 for 7.

The 3rd XI had a disappointing result against Kew. Kew posted 238 for 8 batting first despite an excellent spell from youngster Qasim Khan (4-34).

In reply Manor crawled to 84 all out with captain Matt Read top scoring with 23. The result leaves Manor third from bottom and due to play local rivals Ruislip next week in a crunch game.

Sunday saw Manor beat Finchley comfortably at Coney Green.

Batting first Manor made 203 with Adam Seymour (77) making his highest score for the club. He received good support from Steve Duce (51).

Manor always looked like winning as they bowled Finchley out for 83 with Zab Akram and Scott Morris both picking up two wickets.

The Sunday 2nd XI lost to Widmore End. Batting first they made 134 with Magid Butt top scoring with 32. Wid-more End then saw themselves home for only the loss of three wickets.


Bagshot 135 for 9 lost by six wickets to Harefield 139 for 4

HAREFIELD kept in the promotion hunt with this comfortable six wicket win over Bagshot.

Bagshot won the toss and decided to bat but it was a decision they were soon to regret as they lost their first seven batsmen for just 48 runs.

Fraser Wilson was the main destroyer as he picked up five of the wickets in a devastating spell which saw him finish with 5 for 24 in 12 overs.

Sohail Moqbool stopped the rot for Bagshot with a well crafter 48 and then tailender Matt Pettet (23 not out) helped them reach 135 for 9 off 52 overs.

Akshay Reddy took two wickets and Mluleki Nkala and King one each.

Harefield's reply got off to a poor start as openers Richard McLeod and Reddy went cheaply but from 29 for 2 they took hold of the match.

James Hammerton hit an undefeated 39 and after Ollie Wilson (29) and Ollie Richards (28) were out, Nkala helped Hammerton to hit the winning runs.


Hayes 278 for 8 Windsor 2nd XI 251 for 7

THE resurgence in playing strength at Hayes Cricket club was evident on Saturday when for the first time in many years the club fielded four senior sides in a single day.

Although a mixed bag of results, the day was memorable for many reasons

For the second time in three weeks the Ist XI took on the current league leaders, this time Windsor 2nds.

Batting first Hayes captain Simon Green continued his revival of form and with Steve Forey the pair set about the hosts attack.

With 50 coming up in quick time, a huge score was on the cards, but Windsor dug deep. Green fell for 40 and Forey 20 followed by an unusual mid-order collapse to leave Hayes on 129 for 6,

But strength in depth showed as Mark Funnell (54) and Rex Kumar (66) carefully reconstructed the Hayes innings.

A solid partnership of 103 swung the game back in favour of the visitors. With Sean Morgan (16 not out) also offering stern resistance,Hayes finished on 278 for 8 at the end of their allocated overs.

On a batting friendly surface, it was always going to be difficult to bowl out the opposition and so it proved.

Windsor were given a solid start, but the Hayes bowlers knuckled down and although the first wicket only fell on 74, Windsor were falling steadily behind the run rate.

With 20 overs remaining the hosts had slipped to 140 for 3, still needing seven an over for victory.

Windsor finished on 251 for 7 as Micky Green bowled admirably throughout the innings finishing with 3 for 103.

The 2nd XI picked up a much needed victory at home to Teddington Town.

Teddington posted 188 all out with all of the Hayes bowlers chipping in.

In reply Hayes gave a quick fire response with Kevin Painter blasting 51 from just 17 balls.

But the middle order fell apart and it was left to captain Keith Jones (32 not out) and Vipen Sharma (41) to see Hayes home by two wickets.

The 3rd XI gained a draw away at Crowthorne CC, Shahid Ahmed smacking 54 in their total of 185.

Despite reducing the opposition to 84-8 Crowthorne held on without further loss.

The 4th XI, which contained a number of colts, lost by one wicket away at Winchmore Hill but it will remain memorable for Ryan Morgan.

On his 15th birthday Ryan recorded his maiden senior half century, his partnership with his father Graham (66) gave Hayes a decent enough total

But despite three wickets from 13-year-old Josh Mahoney, Winchmore Hill crept home.