MIDDLESEX CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION TWO
Pinner 163 all out
Pinner lost by four wickets
PINNER came off second-best in an early-season Division Two bottom of the table clash with Hanwell.
The Pinner boys are still waiting for their maiden win of the campaign and will have to hope it comes soon or they will find themselves staring helplessly into the abyss.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, Pinner made a good start with Norman Williams anchoring the innings with a solid 58 that placed the strugglers at 88-2 before drinks.
However, as seems to have happened every game this season, wickets fell at key times and 88-2 became 104-4 and then 160 all out in 52 overs.
So it was left to the bowlers to pull something out of the bag, and despite Mehfooz Khan’s best efforts, as he took 4-42, Pinner were never in a position to put Hanwell under pressure.
Hanwell, who sit second-from-bottom, finished up 161-6 off 45 overs to record a comfortable four-wicket win and heap the woe on to the Pinner players.
Meanwhile, Pinner seconds were home to Kingsbury Construction and walked away with a superb six-wicket win.
A short rain break meant five overs were lost but this did not seem to worry Pinner’s attack, with spin bowling coming to the fore. Amit Kumar (4-41) was the pick of the bowlers, ably supported by Dan Foskett (3-46), and despite three Kingsbury players reaching 50 they could only post a score of 210 all out in 41 overs.
Pinner went out to bat in confident mood and Sikander Merchant’s 57 saw them make a dent in the total and Saif Khan (46 not out) and Amit Kumar (13 not out) saw Pinner home.