A THUMPING eight-wicket win over west London rivals Hanwell cemented Old Actonians' first XI's spot at the top of Division Two of the Middlesex Championship.
Fielding first, all-rounders Adam Pearson and Brad Kuypers spurred Old A's on to a great start on Saturday. Kuypers (2-28) dismissed Hanwell's opener cheaply, before Pearson ripped-out the middle order to finish with 4-41, his best figures of the season.
Newcomer Mark Robinson (1-2) added a wicket to a great run-out as off-spinner Cliff Pile polished off the tail with 3-27 to skittle Hanwell out for 125.
In reply, openers David Mahoney (22) and Kuypers (44) got Old A's off to a brisk start and the runs were comfortably knocked off the 126 target in just 22 overs.
Pearson chipped in with 38 not out to keep up his remarkable record of not yet being dismissed in any of the five league matches this season. A hard-earned draw between Old A's seconds and Hornsey finally put points on the board for the Gunnersbury Drive team after four consecutive losses.
Hornsey posted a useful 200. Spinners Asif Mohammed (4-28) and Faisal Sattar (3-26) were the standout bowlers for Old A's, consolidating on a marathon 16-over effort by opening paceman Sandip Patel (2-51).
The target of 201 to win proved a struggle for Old A's and, with three wickets down for less than 50, it was left to the middle order and Asif Qamar (41) and Faisal Sattar (35) to provide resistance.
With wickets tumbling, skipper Sandip Patel (five not out) and David Mitson (one not out) clung on to leave Old A's on 163-9 at the close.