South Hampstead dance to the rhythm of Drummond
PUBLISHED: 16:40 11 July 2012
Kirk Drummond scythed through the Harrow St Mary’s batting to finish with six wickets and give South Hampstead’s own promotion credentials an enormous boost.
Put in to bat on a damp, green wicket at Milverton Road, second-placed HSM folded for just 85 and the home side knocked off the runs in 23 overs to close to within 12 points of their opponents in the table.
South Hampstead skipper Alex Ranger won a crucial toss and opted to field, but stand-in Saints openers Lakmal Kasthuri (17) and Nishil Patel (7) made a patient start and took the scoreboard to 21 without loss.
That was as good as it got for HSM, with Patel falling leg before to Jamal Ahmed (1-19) and Drummond (6-34) removing Kasthuri before Nish Patel (2-13) accounted for Robbie van der Ross (9).
Satyam Subhash failed to trouble the scorers and, although Tom Pettet (16) did his best to steady the ship, some of the batsmen contributed to their own downfalls with loose shots.
Drummond returned to dismantle the middle order, with Jaimit Patel (12) falling to a catch by Leroy Shepherd, and Aalok Soni (15) hitting a skier that flew high enough for wicketkeeper Ben Morrison to race out and claim the catch on the off side.
The HSM tail offered little resistance to Drummond, who removed Haran Dharmaraja (5) lbw before Aimal Bangash (0) fell to a superb diving catch by James Williams, running back from gully.
And the visitors were all out when Drummond prised out HSM skipper Gary Pettet for a single with the first ball of his 13th over.
SH survived an early scare when Gary Pettet was unable to hang on to a sharp chance from Shepherd, who went on to add 37 for the first wicket with Williams.
However, a switch of ends for Dharmaraja (2-21) paid off as he bowled Shepherd (21) and then dismissed new batsman Nish Patel for a duck just two balls later.
Ranger (2) lasted only four deliveries before he was bowled by Kasthuri, but any faint hopes of an unlikely HSM victory were dispelled by Williams and Paul Atherley (23), who took their side to within seven runs of the target.
Van der Ross picked up the wicket of Atherley, but Sam Bardon (4 not out) joined Williams (33no) to steer their side to a six-wicket victory and maintain the pressure on HSM and leaders Uxbridge.
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