Sylvester stars in double victory
PUBLISHED: 11:32 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:17 24 August 2010
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PAUL Sylvester's outstanding form continued as South Hampstead thumped North London in their division two clash at Milverton Road. SH's fifth league win of the season...
SOUTH HAMPSTEAD (185-6) beat NORTH LONDON (184) by 4 wickets
PAUL Sylvester's outstanding form continued as South Hampstead thumped North London in their division two clash at Milverton Road.
SH's fifth league win of the season lifts them into second place, five points behind leaders North Middlesex, after third-placed Harrow were surprisingly beaten away at Acton.
Sylvester, who last week racked up 101 at Twickenham, again top-scored for the home side with a crucial 61 runs that steadied the ship and underpinned the innings.
"It was a steady decline for North London as there was no major scorer for them," said club secretary Ken James.
"Their total was more than we should have let them get - we could have had them all out for 130 or 140."
The visitors lost the toss, were put in to bat and began well, but they were unable to raise the tempo as the home side's attack began to find the mark.
Skipper James Nolan took an impressive 4-52, and together with Vince Farley (3-53) the pair soon halted North London's deliberate climb as they demolished the middle order and tail to dismiss the visitors for 184 off 51 overs.
In reply South Hampstead began badly as Zia Sialvi was immediately dismissed lbw for a duck, and Tim McMahon swiftly followed him back to the hutch to leave the home side struggling.
The stage was set for Sylvester and, batting at No.3, SH's form batsman didn't disappoint as he deftly raced past the half century mark to raise hopes of victory.
Fahrad Mehboob (30) and Vince Farley (36) came to the crease and continued to build on the momentum as the tally continued to rise.
And with victory in their sights Nolan (22no), who had this week dropped himself to No.7, and James Williams (20no) held their nerve to reach their target in 39.5 overs and secure a comfortable four-wicket win.
"We are now fairly consistent and starting to get the results," added James. "Now we can start looking ahead with confidence."
n SOUTH Hampstead (174-7) are through to the last 16 of the Evening Standard Trophy after beating Hainault and Clayhill (173) at Milverton Road on Sunday.
SH had Hainault, who play in the top division of the Essex League, pinned down at 100-7 early on but the visitors rallied to reach 173 all out.
However Nolan's outfit were up to the challenge and they reached their target with three wickets in hand.
On Saturday SH play Harrow in the league and the following day, fixtures permitting, they are due to play Upminster in the Bertie Joel Cup.
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