MIDDLESEX COUNTY LEAGUE DIVISION TWO
Harrow 127-9 55
Harrow St Mary’s 48-4
FOR the second time this season Harrow St Mary’s had a club on the rack when rain intervened.
The Saints appeared on course for a derby-day victory over Harrow before mother nature stopped play.
Harrow won the toss and chose to bat, but Haran Dharmaraja struck immediately by getting Harrow’s number two in the first over.
The other HSM opener, Charanvir Gill, was unlucky in the sixth when an appeal for a caught behind was not given.
Next over, though, Dharmaraja claimed his second wicket and Harrow found themselves 20/2.
Gill was next in action when an inside edge had Harrow 34-3 in the 12th.
Harmeet Singh and Lakmal Kasthuri also claimed wickets but then a torrential downpour meant overs were lost.
When play resumed, HSM claimed two quick wickets.
But with eight down, a missed chance to Tinashe Chimbambo allowed Harrow to bat out their allotted 55 overs.
This left HSM with 10 overs to get 128 to win, or the match would be abandoned.
Sam Blennerhasset and Harmeet Singh opened and HSM’s intentions were clear from the offset.
Blennerhasset was firing, with 14 scored in the first over until a pre-empted reverse sweep bowled him.
In the chase HSM lost three further wickets but the run rate became too much and the game was halted.
Rain also led to Harrow St Mary’s seconds’ match at Crouch End being abandoned on Saturday.
However, the thirds just about held on for a share of the spoils against Ickenham.
Chris Brown’s unbeaten 52 came to nothing for the fourths as their game with Highgate fifths was called off.
But there was a nine-wicket win for HSM in the Middlesexx County League Club Twenty 20 Cup against Eastcote.
Nishil Patel bagged four wickets to help set up a clash with Harrow Town in the next round.
Elsewhere, Kenton’s Division Three match at Highgate was abandoned due to the weather.
Stevie Eskinazi’s half-century helped Division One Stanmore earn a winning draw against Hornsey.