MIDDLESEX COUNTY LEAGUE DIVISION TWO
Uxbridge 209 all out
Harrow St Mary’s 121 all out
Harrow St Mary’s lost by 88 runs
HARROW St Mary’s failed to fire against Uxbridge on Saturday.
The Saints never really got going and eight out of 11 batsmen failing to hit double figures ultimately led to an 88-run defeat.
St Mary’s captain Gary Pettet won the toss and put Uxbridge in to bat.
It took a while for Bhavik Patel to find his length and his first three overs went for 16, but he claimed the first wicket to get HSM off the mark.
In the 26th over, Uxbridge’s number three Prabhjot Singh hit the ball to mid on, where Sam Blennerhassett returned the ball to the keeper to run out Malkeet Dhaliwal on 57.
Jalpesh Patel, drafted in from the fourth-string for his fielding skills, did not disappoint when taking a catch on the boundary to get Dilon Heyliger out for 19.
With the match increasingly swinging in Uxbridge’s favour, two quick wickets fell and after 41 overs Uxbridge were 158-6.
But they ploughed on and HSM eventually looked to clear up the tail-enders, but number nine John Hendrie and number 10 Jivraj Murtaza had other ideas. They put on a partnership of 46 before Murtaza was stumped on 32 in the 55th.
Incoming Jonathan Tall was stumped on the last ball of the innings to see Uxbridge finish on 209.
Pettet opened the batting again and it is becoming clear why nobody wants to bat with him as Ajay Soni was out in the second ball of HSM’s reply with nought on the board.
Pettet was not able to emulate recent high-scoring innings with and gave an early catch behind.
Wickets continued to tumble and only Lakmal Kasthuri (42) and Harmeet Singh (28) could be said to have contributed with the bat.
Haran Dharmaraja was last to go as HSM were all out for 121, giving Uxbridge the full 10 points and taking them above St Mary’s in the table.
Meanwhile, there was a winning draw for Saints’ seconds against Osterley, a victory for the thirds against Brentham and a defeat for the fourths against Kensington & Chelsea.