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PUBLISHED: 16:37 09 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:41 24 August 2010

Tim McMahon bats for South Hampstead during the Middlesex County League Division Two game between South Hampstead and Wembley, played at Milverton Road on Sat May 31, 2008.

Tim McMahon bats for South Hampstead during the Middlesex County League Division Two game between South Hampstead and Wembley, played at Milverton Road on Sat May 31, 2008.

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SKIPPER Tim McMahon is confident South Hampstead can regroup next season after a transitional year in which they narrowly escaped relegation to Division Three. SH were soundly beaten in their final game of the season at Brentham, but survived in Division

SKIPPER Tim McMahon is confident South Hampstead can regroup next season after a transitional year in which they narrowly escaped relegation to Division Three.

SH were soundly beaten in their final game of the season at Brentham, but survived in Division Two after rivals North London fell 32 runs short in their run-chase against Enfield.

Former SH batsmen Paul Sylvester and Paul Atherley both lined up for Brentham on Saturday and McMahon feels their departures, along with a sequence of injuries in the bowling department, played a major part in his side's struggle this season.

Dan Barrett, Vince Farley and Conray Smith were all kept out by hamstring injuries during the campaign and McMahon admitted: "Being without bowling stock all season has been our biggest problem.

"It doesn't help that we've had to recreate our top order, although Zia Sialvi's been a linchpin. But we've been going through a development year and staying up is a sound result.

"The seconds have been promoted, so have the fourth XI and we need to take advantage of some of the depth we believe there is at the club - that means having people fighting for spots in the team."

Leading run-scorer Sialvi was absent on Saturday - and South Hampstead felt his loss when they decided to bat first, with Vince Farley out for a duck.

Nish Patel went for nine and, although McMahon (22), James Williams (28) and Jason Domigan (11) gave SH a solid base, their middle order was swept away by Amit Puri.

Puri finished with figures of 4-7 in a devastating spell of just over three overs, accounting for Graeme Farley (11), Matt Cullen (3), Mohammed Akram (11) and Smith (0).

Shot out for only 101, South Hampstead battled to defend that modest total and Domigan (3-39) got rid of Puri cheaply.

Sylvester (17) and Atherley (12) also fell victim to Domigan to leave Brentham at 51-3, but Anant Brahmbatt went on to 39 before he was stumped off Williams.

Williams did his best to apply the brakes, finishing with 1-13 in seven overs, but Nizakat Ali (14 not out) and Luke Budden (21no) saw Brentham home in the 27th over.


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