MIDDLESEX COUNTY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
Hampstead 134 all out
Stanmore 108 all out
Stanmore lost by 26 runs
A POOR batting display cost Stanmore dear at Hampstead on Saturday.
Stanmore have struggled so far this season and failed to chase down a beatable 134 target as their search for a second win of the campaign continues.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bowl in changeable conditions.
It seemed a good decision as the wickets were shared around the Stanmore bowlers, Mukesh Bhatt leading the way with four and three each for Marc Reingold and Abishek Kulkarni.
Hampstead were dismissed with 134 on the board and Stanmore fans started to believe that the elusive second victory would finally arrive.
That confidence took a knock when opener Umesh Valjee went lbw for just six off the bowling of Steve Clark.
Number two batsman Stevie Eskinazi was the top scorer for Stanmore, but he was bowled by the excellent Zac Khan six short of his century.
Khan went on to claim six wickets as he laid siege to the away side’s stumps.
The Stanmore players could not handle his terrific deliveries and fell 26 runs short of the target, leaving them second from bottom in the table.
However, there was better news on Sunday when they secured a 108-run victory in the National Cup against neighbours Harrow.
In a Division Three match, Schopun Jooma and Viran Parmar both hit half centuries as Kenton beat Wembley by eight wickets.