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Basement boys Kenton sit one game from relegation

PUBLISHED: 17:31 18 August 2010 | UPDATED: 16:40 20 September 2010

ROCK bottom Kenton face the prospect of relegation this weekend after they were taken apart by Winchmore Hill s Jim Gatting on Saturday. Gatting ended a one-sided game with figures of 7-36, having dismissed three Kenton batsmen for ducks and restricted th

ROCK bottom Kenton face the prospect of relegation this weekend after they were taken apart by Winchmore Hill's Jim Gatting on Saturday.

Gatting ended a one-sided game with figures of 7-36, having dismissed three Kenton batsmen for ducks and restricted them to a paltry 89 all out as the Division Two leaders strolled to the points.

It was another disastrous day at the office for Deepak Singh's Kenton, who now must beat Brentham at the weekend, while hoping South Hampstead fail to defeat fellow strugglers Enfield.

Anything less will almost certainly see Kenton return to Division Three after just one season in the second tier of the Middlesex County League, during which time they have managed only two wins.

Having been put in to bat by their opponents on Saturday, Kenton's innings quickly hit the buffers as they went from 22-1 to 22-4. Gatting accounted for S Butt (6) and Sachin Patel (11), while Johnny Mills (11) and Schophun Jooma (0) were dismissed by Jamie Thorpe.

Skipper Singh dug in with a defiant 36, but Mark Sweeney fell for a duck to Gatting, who then took his fourth wicket when he trapped Rizvi lbw for a duck.

And it just got worse for Kenton as Gatting took another three wickets. H Mohammed (4) was caught by Dan Amedee, while David Sweeney was inevitable removed by Gatting for a duck, and Sneh Shah made 15 before he became Gatting's final victim of a tortuous innings.

Kenton's total was never going to be enough, and Winchmore openers Oli Adamson and Tom Ludlam quickly put their side on track. Ludlam made 31 before being dismissed by H Mohammed, while Adamson perished on 24 to Sami Haider.

Mohammed ended Morgan Prior's innings but Gatting (15 not out) capped a miserable day for Kenton by guiding Winchmore Hill past the finishing line.

n RAIN played havoc with the Middlesex County Cricket League over the weekend, with Kenton's game the only one to be played to completion.

In the Premier Division Brondesbury's hopes of winning the Championship have all but fizzled out after they recieved a point for their abandoned match against Finchley.

Shepherd's Bush stay in trouble at the other end of the table, and need to win on Saturday against reigning champions Ealing.

In Division Two, Harrow Town looked in trouble against Richmond as the league leaders raced to 183-3, but the weather saved the day for Town, who are still in with a chance of third place.

The game of the weekend in Division Three also fell foul of the weather, but not before third-placed Wembley had put themselves in a strong position against second-placed Highgate, who were wobbling on 85-5 before the heavens opened.


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