DIVISION ONE: Hampstead 276-4 (10pts) beat Eastcote 272 (0pts) by six wickets
The threat of relegation continues to hang over Eastcote after they saw an imposing total overhauled by a star-studded Hampstead side.
Former Middlesex player Paul Weekes proved the Southill Lane club's nemesis as he claimed five wickets and then hit an unbeaten 86 to trump what looked like decisive efforts from Tom Scollay and Harpal Sagoo.
Hampstead got home in the penultimate over of a rain-affected contest, leaving Eastcote 13 points and only one place above the drop zone with five games to play.
Eastcote's indifferent form with the coin continued with another lost toss and the visiting Southill Lane side was asked to bat.
Jivan Lotay (2) went early on but Scollay and Sagoo saw off the Hampstead seam attack with Aussie Scollay producing another memorable innings of 85, taking the score to 124 before he was dismissed.
Sagoo was then joined by Chris James with whom he added another 43 before James (28) was sent back to the pavilion, heralding the arrival of Mahrouf Chowdhury who put on another 60 with Sagoo, with a hard hitting contribution of 37 from just 28 balls.
Sagoo went on to make a classy 62 before he too fell and with the Eastcote tail adding another 45 the visitors must have been satisfied with their total of 272 in 61.3 overs.
Hampstead set off at a gallop, scoring 50 in the first half hour until Brandon Buckley (28) finally missed a straight one from Paul Metcalfe (1-29) and soon after Mark Collier got his fingertips to a straight drive and ran out Jonathan Lombard (0) to leave the home side stuttering on 78 for two.
However, that merely brought Weekes to the crease and first, in partnership with Imraan Mohammad (69), he added 48. When the latter miscued to Ed Stolle, Mohammad Akhtar joined his captain and smashed his way to 56, aided by two dropped catches, before he was finally removed by Alan Cole-man's (1-26) third delivery.
Weekes remained though and his experience shone through as he paced perfectly a chase which required more than seven an over for much of the last 20, batting with style and controlled aggression to ruin Eastcote's chances of gaining any points from the fixture.
The end finally came in the penultimate over with Weekes unbeaten on 86 and Sumeet Sharma (22 not out) at the other end.