THE crucial innings that did for Kensington & Chelsea on Sunday in the London T20 game against Harrow was the sixth-wicket stand between Jyothi Khan and Mohamed Arif.
When the pair came together there was only 49 on the board. And when Arif departed 40-odd balls later, bowled by Danny Baker, they had put on 64.
The final 174 total was always going to be a daunting task to overhaul, but when Tom Cledwyn (25), Mike Nesser (33) and Chris Palmer's 30 underlined the batting strip in Mill Hill, there was a chance K&C might get the runs.
But when the last three wickets only put on 13, Kensington were 17 short by the end.
HAMMERSMITH & Fulham gave it their best shot in the London T20 game against Harrow on Sunday.
Steve Chippendale and Richard Lalor started with a bang for H&F, and the latter's 50 paved the way for a half-decent 140 by the end of the 20 overs.
However, Assan Choudry made a quick 14 for Harrow, with Usman and Mo Arif putting on 99 between them to knock off the runs with four balls to spare.
FRIENDLY Kensington & Chelsea 145-8 (30 overs) Princes Head CC 114 all out (28 overs)
Kensington won by 31 runs EVERYBODY chipped in with something to produce a Kensington win on Saturday - with a final flourish from Ravanesh Sundararajan setting out the west Londoners' stall.
The number eight hit seven off the last three balls to ask questions of the Richmond pub side when it was their turn to bat.
When it came to Princes Head wickets, the haul was shared democratically between four bowlers, including three strikes for K&C president Arun Tambimuttu.
FRIENDLY Jesus College High Table 244-7 (38 overs) Kensington CC 248-6 (31.2 overs) Kensington beat Jesus College by four wickets
AUSSIE Darren Bowden warmed up for his country's defence of the Ashes by hitting a crafted 91 not out to win the match for Kensington at the Cambridge college on Sunday.
Supported by a number of quick-firing cameos, which included 46 from returning Chris Ledger following injury, Kensington knocked off the runs with three overs to spare.
Ledger said: "The rest of us crashed and bashed a bit, but Darren's a skilled left-hand bat, and he took his time. It was just what we needed."
Although C Loxham also hit an impressive 90 for Jesus, Rohan Gosh kept their score in check when he returned figures of 4-61 to become the pick of the Kenny bowlers.