SH stay alive until final day
SOUTH Hampstead s survival is back in their own hands after they thumped Harrow Town to set up a nerve-wracking final day showdown at Enfield. The winner of Saturday s clash will be assured of avoiding relegation to Division Three, while Town could yet fi
SOUTH Hampstead's survival is back in their own hands after they thumped Harrow Town to set up a nerve-wracking final day showdown at Enfield.
The winner of Saturday's clash will be assured of avoiding relegation to Division Three, while Town could yet find themselves pulled down if they lose their final game against Southgate.
But SH, who remain ninth, are still in contention to stay up after they restricted Town to just 116 at Milverton Road and knocked off the runs for the loss of a single wicket.
"This win has given us every chance to stay in this division," said skipper Zia Sialvi. "Now we have a nail biting final round game against Enfield.
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"It's a do or die situation and we need to play this game as a final. I have every belief that my side can pull out a winning performance."
SH won the toss on a soft wicket and were quickly in control, James McMahon (2-53) removing openers Victor Jadunath (8) and Kamran Akram (4) to leave the visitors 17-2.
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Town attempted to rally, with Uzairuddin Mohammed reaching 37 and Muhammad Arshad 26 before they were both removed by Kirk Drummond (5-43).
Drummond then tore through the middle order and Mohamed Nawfer (24) was the only other Town batsman to reach double figures as Nish Patel (1-9) and Jamal Ahmed (2-4) tightened the screw.
The visitors were bowled out for 116 in the 38th over and SH set off strongly in pursuit of the target, Matt Cullen leading the way with an unbeaten 53 not out.
He and Sialvi (38) put on 61 for the first wicket before the captain was caught behind off Gihan Herath, but Alex Ranger seamlessly continued the momentum, hitting an unbeaten 25 off 30 balls to seal SH's success.
Enfield maintained their advantage over South Hampstead as they saw off Kenton, who are already doomed to the drop, by 59 runs.
Kyal Bacchus-Brown and Antony Higgs hit half-centuries as Enfield totalled 223-6 declared and Kenton were unable to challenge that as they were dismissed for 164 in the 38th over.