County cricket round-up: Highgate deal Kenton title hopes another blow

PUBLISHED: 17:08 19 August 2013 | UPDATED: 17:08 19 August 2013

Syed Ali bats for Highgate

Syed Ali bats for Highgate

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Middlesex County Cricket League Division Two

Syed Ali’s first half-century of the season for Highgate condemned Kenton to a single point which handed another serious blow to their fading title hopes.

Kenton, who topped the league for much of the season, slipped into third place behind Indian Gymkhana, after failing to win any of their last three matches.

Only the determination of tail-enders Gameth Adasuriya and David Sweeney prevented Highgate from taking all 10 points.

The visitors were put in to bat after, with Ben Sudell (4) managing just a single scoring shot before he fell to Deepak Singh (1-17).

Sami Haider (2-96) removed Ed Binns (10) at 49-2, but Ali replaced him and took control of the innings as he and Ed Atkins added 50 for the third wicket.

Atkins reached exactly 50 before he was bowled by Sweeney (4-75), who then removed Carman Mapatuna for 49 from 58 balls. By then, Mapatuna had shared a 90-run partnership with Ali, who made 70 to haul his side past 200 before becoming Haider’s third victim.

Sharland (11) and Craig Gourlay (0) also fell to Sweeney, but Nick Brunner smashed 22 not out off just nine deliveries to lift Highgate to 237-7 declared from 55 overs.

Kenton made a solid start, with Viran Parmar (32) and Schopun Jooma (19) adding 30 before Gourlay (3-68) dismissed Jooma leg before.

Kalpesh Keria (1) followed, while Mapatuna (4-46) bowled Deepak Singh as the home side slumped to 42-3, but Sachin Patel (16) enabled them to regroup.

However, Mapatuna removed Patel off Dave Benton (1-20) and then dismissed Ankit Shah (17) and Parmar.

That left Kenton six down – but Yaqoob Yousuf hit a string of boundaries in his quickfire 27 before he fell leg before to Gourlay.

But Adasuriya (8) and Sweeney (4 not out) put up the shutters and, although the wicketkeeper eventually edged Mapatuna behind, Sweeney survived 33 balls as he steered Kenton to safety at 143-8.

Meanwhile, Last-wicket pair Tom Wakeford and Daniel Lewis clung on to secure North London a point against Wembley.

After Wembley made 209, NL seemed set for defeat after losing their eighth and ninth wickets, but Wakeford (5 not out) and Lewis (5no) clinched a losing draw as they reached 124-9.

Home skipper Jack Atchinson won the toss and chose to field, but Wembley made good progress thanks to opening pair Prinay Patel (27) and Sneh Shah (26).

James Battcock (4-60) kept NL in contention with the wickets of Shah, Moazzam Rizvi (11), Chirag Amin (4) and Ashan Athukoralage (0), but Mitchell Fry hit a classy 66.

Fry, who was eventually caught behind off Lewis (2-22), gained support from Tapan Patel (22) and Chula DeSilva (29) before Ted Greally (4-46) cleaned up the tail for 209 in the 55th over.

NL were under pressure when they began their reply, with Pete Monar (4) falling to Shah (3-36) and Patel (3-46) accounting for Mark Askew (2) and Paul Brierley (9).

Ben Hocking (31) and Rosh Tennakoon (34) steadied the ship, but Patel trapped Hocking lbw and Vimal Arjan (3-37) tilted the balance back in Wembley’s favour.

Arjan got rid of Tennakoon, Atchinson (17) and Greally (1), with Shah returning to remove Battcock (9) and James Baker first ball, but the last pair held on to guide North London to 124-9.

South Hampstead (232-9) took a winning draw from their clash with Acton (130-6), thanks to Nish Patel (94) and Avnish Patel (60).

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