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Revitalised SH can stay up, says McMahon

PUBLISHED: 18:33 02 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:40 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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By Ben Kosky SOUTH Hampstead skipper Tim McMahon believes the momentum of last Saturday s turnaround against Uxbridge will carry his side to Division Two safety this weekend. SH were staring relegation in the face as bottom side Uxbridge, chasing 217 to w

By Ben Kosky

SOUTH Hampstead skipper Tim McMahon believes the momentum of last Saturday's turnaround against Uxbridge will carry his side to Division Two safety this weekend.

SH were staring relegation in the face as bottom side Uxbridge, chasing 217 to win at Milverton Road, reached 161-3 before plummeting to 197 all out.

That lifted McMahon's men out of the bottom two at North London's expense and left them needing a four-point draw or win in their last game at Brentham to clinch safety.

"It was imperative to come back from a position where we were getting mauled," said McMahon. "We celebrated hard on each wicket with a group huddle and said 'we must believe we can win from here'.

"Now we can take that confidence with us. We beat Brentham last time with an undermanned team and I'm sure we can do it again - you always walk out there with the intention of winning the game.

"The ironic thing is that at one point on Saturday it looked like we'd be bottom, now if we win our last game we could still finish fifth."

Zia Sialvi anchored the South Hampstead innings with an excellent 92, but they slumped to 50-4 before he found an ally in Graeme Farley.

The pair added 96 before Farley fell to Mike Stafford for 54 and, with Sialvi bowled by Jibran Azam eight short of his century, it fell to Conray Smith (24) to steer SH to 216-8.

Jason Domigan (2-53) reduced Uxbridge to 19-2, but Preetinder Singh (98) flayed the home attack to the tune of 19 fours and a six, compiling half-century stands with Azam (24) and Tony Stephens (33).

But SH's fortunes turned when Singh was run out by Domigan and McMahon then bowled Stephens to leave Uxbridge wobbling at 185-5.

And Smith (3-42) scythed through the lower order with three wickets and a run-out to end the Uxbridge challenge with an over to spare.


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