MIDDLESEX CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE
Turnham Green & Polytechnic 201-9
Turnham Green lost by eight wickets
SKIPPER Tom Mason is convinced Turnham Green & Polytechnic will pull away from the foot of the Division One table once they get a more settled line-up.
An unlucky eight-wicket defeat to Bessborough on Saturday left the Chiswick side marooned at the bottom with just one win all season.
This despite setting their visitors a decent target of 202, although Mason admitted this was still 50 to 100 runs short of testing a quality batting side like Bessborough.
He said: “The pitch changed slightly too – it seemed to do all sorts of things for us batting first, but flattened out nicely for them.
“Ed Lush, who is batting well this season, got another half-century, but it was not enough.
“However, we are still hopeful of survival. We have now played everyone once, and we know there are definitely teams we can beat.
“We’re just short of a few players, but we should get some back in the coming weeks, and we will be more consistent then.
“We’re not cast adrift and a few wins to get us back in the mix are not out of our reach. We’ve got league leaders Middlesex Tamils on Saturday, but we’re at our best when we’re up against it.”
Poly’s seconds had more joy, hammering Swamibapa seconds by nine wickets after bowling them out for just 63 in 21.2 overs, Cameron Sell taking 5-15 in five overs. Their reply faltered at first when Timothy Lee was dismissed for a duck, but Dave Wallace (23 not out) and Rohal Ranjith (32 not out) came in to guide them home.
However, luck was not on the side on the thirds, who declared on 230-5 after Owais Khalid had smashed Middlesex Tamils fourths to all parts of the ground, hitting six sixes on his way to an unbeaten 101. But they had to make do with a share of the spoils after the Tamils clung on at 202-9, despite Dan Burke taking 6-52.
Meanwhile, reigning Middlesex Championship champions Osterley saw their hopes of retaining their title dashed with a shock 81-run defeat to Old Lyonians, despite a six-wicket haul (6-70) for Yaseen Khan.