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Green effort is all in vain

PUBLISHED: 17:14 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 13:35 24 August 2010

Wembley captain Adrian Green finds the going tough during the Middlesex County Cricket League Division Three game between Hornsey and Wembley at Tivoli Road, Crouch End on Sat June 6, 2009

Wembley captain Adrian Green finds the going tough during the Middlesex County Cricket League Division Three game between Hornsey and Wembley at Tivoli Road, Crouch End on Sat June 6, 2009

Max Flego Sports Photography

WEMBLEY snatched defeat from the jaws of almost certain victory on Saturday as a disastrous batting collapse handed the match to Hornsey. Chasing a total of 197, Wembley seemed destined to chalk up their second 10 points of the season...

WEMBLEY snatched defeat from the jaws of almost certain victory on Saturday as a disastrous batting collapse handed the match to Hornsey.

Chasing a total of 197, Wembley seemed destined to chalk up their second 10 points of the season when they reached 128-1, needing just 70 from the final 20 overs with nine wickets in hand.

But despite another spirited display from club captain Adrian Green, who racked up 82, Wembley somehow managed to throw the match away, losing nine wickets for 27, eight of which were taken by Hornsey's Ian Gregory.

The win had seemed well within their grasp, as Green won the toss and put the north London side in to bat, seeking to use the wet conditions to his side's advantage.

Hornsey did however make a strong start on a track with a lot of sideways movement. Deepesh Makwana and Alex Scrini led them to 66 before the first wicket fell; Makwana being caught by Patel.

Hornsey were still on top when they reached 85-1 at the drinks break, but Wembley then took three wickets in quick succession to put themselves firmly on the front foot.

Garfield Struthers was run out, before tight Wembley bowling saw Scrini caught by Mohemmed Azam and Jez Cable was stumped by John Gale.

Martin Tucker and James Fleming briefly steadied the Hornsey ship before both were dismissed by lbw decisions. Slow left-armer Alex Greig was the pick of Wembley's bowlers taking 4-62 from 16 overs.

A storming start by Green (pictured, left) got , Wembley off to a flier as they chased the Hornsey total, and they quickly reached 85 from just 14 overs.

Green's 82, together with 31 from Vinay Shah and 14 for Shyam Kapila meant Wembley were cruising at 128-1 at the drinks break.

But once Green was caught by Scrini, followed quickly by a third wicket, Wembley seemed to simply stop playing shots and begin to push only for four points.

They were punished as Azam and Rizwan Irshad were stumped by Scrini, and some good infield catching left Wembley in disarray.

Hornsey's Joel Gregory came back into the attack to collect two wickets as Azar, Mohemmed and Gale all went for 0.


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