HARROW got off to a flying start in their quest for the £12,000 London T20 first-prize on Sunday - and flying fits the bill for a team that had to switch grounds half-way through the day.

The format of the Twenty20 competition for London boroughs requires sides to play back-to-back games in the league prior to the knockout stage at the beginning of August.

Teams elsewhere simply had a 20-minute rest before playing their second game. But victorious Harrow hightailed it from Edgware to Mill Hill three miles away to start the second fixture.

The forced warm-up must have done Ashun Choudry's troops some good, because they beat Hackney as convincingly as they had beaten Brent in the first game.

Against Brent, opener Pratik Patel knocked up a swift 45 to give his side momentum although 27 wides by the fielding team contributed to Harrow's 164 total. Jahnghir Zaman's three wickets for 28 saw Brent fall 13 runs short of the total.

Against Hackney it only needed six Harrow batsmen and 17 overs to rack up the 148 required for victory with Patel (48) and Usman Arif (52) in good form with the bat.