MIDDLESEX COUNTY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
Winchmore Hill 283 all out (62.1 overs)
Ealing 231 all out (49.5 overs)
Winchmore Hill won by 52 runs
EALING lost their place at the top after suffering their second defeat of the season halfway through the campaign.
The league’s top scorer, former Surrey player Scott Newman, did most of the damage, striking 114 to move past 500 runs for the season.
But Ealing also found it hard to deal with Ryan Corns, who followed up a fine knock of 88 by taking 3-64.
Kristian Martin took 5-48 for the Corfton Road outfit, who did well to get back into the game after the visitors got to 227-2, while Leigh Parry top scored with 56, but neither contribution was enough.
Tomorrow (Saturday) new league leaders Hampstead visit W5, with Ealing getting an early opportunity to wipe out the eight-point gap and regain top spot.
A magnificent second-wicket partnership between Rob Haxby (113) and Anand Ashok (100) got Ealing’s second XI up to 240-7 from 50 overs against Uxbridge seconds.
Seven other batsmen mustered 18 runs between them, none getting into double figures.
It was not quite a winning total, though, as the hosts closed on 155-8 from their 50 overs, restricting Ealing to a winning draw.
Ben Marsh took 3-49 for Ealing, who remain the only unbeaten team in the division, but who are also now off top spot after Richmond overtook them by beating North Middlesex.
The third XI could not muster a win either.
They were all out for 226 in 53.4 overs at Hampstead, who strolled to a six-wicket win in 37.2 overs – Marc Meyer-Webbeb blasting 107 and Matt Cooke finishing unbeaten on 75.
It was left to the fourth XI to save Ealing’s honour. They rattled up 156-6 in 26.2 overs to seal a four-wicket victory over Edmonton (124 all out in 44.3 overs).