WEMBLEY set up a likely Middlesex County League Division Two victory on a wet wicket at South Hampstead on Saturday, but then blew their chance of returning to winning ways when their batting let them down.
After skipper Alex Greig had won the toss and inserted the home side, the decision paid off as South Hampstead found runs hard to come by.
With Raj Amunugama's fine 6-55 spell having the hosts in all sorts of trouble, Wembley dismissed South Hampstead for a modest 118 in 43 overs.
But the 43 scored by Tim McMahon proved to be invaluable.
Left with 57 overs to make the required runs, Wembley also found scoring difficult.
And with K Qaisar taking 3-21 in 17 overs, the visitors failed to get on top of the bowling, and crashed to 98 all out with six overs still remaining and lost by 20 runs.
After two successive defeats, Wembley will aim to get their season back on track this Saturday when they play host to bottom of the table Barnes.
Wembley 2nds had a good win at home to Barnes. Their total of 220 all out proved too much for the visitors, who tumbled to 86 all out in their reply, giving Wembley victory by a handsome 134 runs.
After falling victim to the wiles of Barnes bowler J Benfield (8-27), and being dismissed for just 130 in less than 36 overs, Wembley 3rds were hardly expecting to gain any reward.
However, thanks to superb bowling from Joe Lewis, who snapped up 7-24, Barnes were sent crashing to 120 all out in their reply.