MIDDLESEX COUNTY LEAGUE DIVISION THREE
Kenton 86 all out
Acton won by seven wickets
JOHN Reeve led from the front as Acton put themselves back in the title race with an emphatic win at high-flying Kenton on Saturday.
The veteran skipper bagged a fifer and, in tandem with James Hunt, produced the mother of all collapses as Acton coasted home by seven wickets.
With leaders Enfield having to be content with a winning draw at home to North London and Highgate crashing to defeat against Wembley, Acton’s win means they are fourth and on the heels of the leaders once more.
There was little sign of the carnage to follow when Kenton, having been asked to bat first, reached the relative prosperity of 44-1, but it was merely the cue for Reeve and Hunt to wreak some havoc.
Hunt removed both protagonists involved in the second wicket stand en route to figures of 4-14 and with two new batsman in, Reeve soon had Kenton floundering, slicing through the middle order as six wickets fell for just 20 runs.
From 64-8, there was no way back and Reeve completed figures of 5-22.
There were a few wobbles in the run chase with Reeve’s son Matthew perishing for just a single and when Hunt was run out for 22, Acton were enduring a few nervy moments at 44-3.
However, Alex Brennan soon quelled any lingering anxieties as his brisk 34 not out, including six fours, saw the hosts home with no more alarms.