County cricket round-up: Kenton promotion hopes dented by North London

PUBLISHED: 18:16 12 August 2013 | UPDATED: 18:17 12 August 2013

Schopun Jooma

Schopun Jooma

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Middlesex County Cricket League Division Three

A century for Schopun Jooma was not enough for promotion-chasing Kenton as Ted Greally recorded his best bowling figures of the season to help North London to a shock win.

Greally swept through the Kenton tail to finish with 7-93 before a majestic unbeaten 78 from Milo Jennings guided the visitors to a surprise 10 points.

It was a second successive defeat for Kenton and leaves them 13 points behind leaders Enfield – and just three ahead of Barnes in third.

Opening North London bowlers James Battcock (0-28) and Tom Wakeford (0-47) both took some punishment as Kenton captain Jooma set off at a rapid pace.

Greally made the breakthrough, trapping Viran Parmar (14) leg before bowling Ashish Karia (13), but Jooma blazed his way towards a century with the support of Kalpesh Keria (27).

Greally eventually had Jooma (101) caught by Jack Atchinson and Pete Monar (2-77) chipped in with the wicket of Keria, although Sachin Patel remained to compile a steady knock of 58.

Monar had Patel caught behind – and none of the remaining Kenton batsmen reached double figures as Greally raced through the middle and lower order to dismiss the home side for 246 in the 50th over.

NL struggled at the start of their reply, with Monar (10) falling to Yaqoob Yousuf and Paul Brierley run out for five before Ben Hocking (13) also departed, leg before to Sami Haider (2-86).

Tom Noutch (38) and Roshan Tennakoon (41) lifted the pressure, but NL were still some way short of their victory target when the pair returned to the pavilion.

It was left to Jennings and Atchinson (40 not out) to see their side over the line with eight balls to spare and all but end any lingering fears of relegation.

Meanwhile, four-wicket hauls for Sneh Shah and Tapan Patel destroyed South Hampstead as Wembley cruised to victory.

In a low-quality match, Chulananda DeSilva top-scored for Wembley with 32, as they struggled to 153.

However, South Hampstead never looked likely to get anywhere near that total, losing three players for ducks as they slumped to 52 all out. Patel (4-12) and Shah (4-39) did the damage with the ball, as South Hampstead were conclusively beaten.

Put in to bat, Wembley reached 28 before losing their first wicket, Moazzam Rizvi (19) falling to Kirk Drummond, before a cluster of dismissals had their innings wobbling.

Mitchell Fry (8), Shah (1) and Prinay Patel (19) all fell cheaply, and when Ashan Athukorolage was trapped leg before for five, Wembley were reduced to 59-5.

Chirag Amin helped push his side along to 94 before he was caught by Leroy Shepherd off Karthik Jagannathan, and Patel (21) followed immediately, trapped lbw by James Williams.

A solid 22 from Christopher Blain edged Wembley towards the 150-mark before he was bowled by Jagannathan. DeSilva the followed, as Wembley 153 from 55 overs.

South Hampstead began the chase poorly – Shepherd bowled by Shah for 10 – and things only got worse as wickets began to tumble one after another.

Shepherd was the only SH man to break into double figures as Patel and Shah cleaned up, removing Atherley, Ashley Scott-Williams and Drummond for ducks.

Avnish Patel and James Williams each made nine, but they were the only briefest hints of resistance as SH collapsed 100 runs short of their target.

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