Dropped catches are costly for Wembley but Harrow St Mary’s are victorious

PUBLISHED: 17:14 15 July 2015 | UPDATED: 17:16 15 July 2015

Jack Webster hit 69 for Wembley, who then let Hornsey off the hook. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Jack Webster hit 69 for Wembley, who then let Hornsey off the hook. Pic: Paolo Minoli


Catching practice awaits Wembley’s players this week after missed chances cost them dear at home against Hornsey in Division Two of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Skipper Chulananda De Silva admitted he was an angry man to be avoided in the wake of Saturday’s losing draw, where two routine chances were grassed and almost certainly cost Wembley victory.

Hornsey wicketkeeper Jack Goldberg was the man to benefit from the spills, the first on nought and then on 50 as he finished unbeaten on 74, ensuring the visitors took the lion’s share of points from the draw.

While his temper has since cooled, De Silva vowed practice this week would focus on how to stop games slipping through their fingers.

“I was fuming on Saturday, so no-one came too close to me after the game,” he told the Times. “Their wicketkeeper played really well, but dropping him on nought was the game changer. It was a straight in straight out chance at long-off, the sort you would normally catch in your sleep.

“We then dropped him again later on and he goes on to clinch them the four points whereas, if we had held on to them, especially the catch on nought, we’d have been into the tail of their batting.”

The missed opportunities spoiled a good batting display earlier in the day which had seen Wembley post an imposing 272-9.

Jack Webster (69), De Silva (62) and Sneh Shah (54) led the charge with half-centuries, the latter showing the other side to his talents following a five-wicket haul with the ball seven days earlier. Ed Wharton largely escaped the onslaught to return 4-35.

Hornsey were soon five down despite 43 from Garfield Struthers, but then came the saga of the dropped catches.

Meanwhile, Harrow St Mary’s skipper Tom Pettet was preaching caution despite his side’s emphatic win at home to Uxbridge on Saturday.

Chris Brown took four wickets as Uxbridge initially slumped to 45-5 before Sachin Puri’s 58 for the visitors helped them to a more respectable total of 182.

But that was still below par and an unbeaten 73 by Kunj Thakker enabled the Saints to romp home with seven wickets in hand.

They are now third in the table, but Pettet says the margin of 13 points to this Saturday’s opponents Brondesbury leaves little margin for error.

“This league is still very tight and it is like that traditionally with very little between seven or eight teams,” he said.

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