Wembley celebrate after big win seals promotion

PUBLISHED: 14:19 29 August 2014 | UPDATED: 14:19 29 August 2014

Wembley's Tapan Patel took 5-5 with the ball. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Wembley's Tapan Patel took 5-5 with the ball. Pic: Paolo Minoli


Wembley enjoyed a night out to celebrate their promotion to Division Two following an emphatic win against rivals Highgate.

A superb fielding display from the hosts saw them roll over the north London side for just 87 at Vale Farm – and Wembley chased down the target in less than 14 overs to make certain of their elevation to the next tier of the league.

Captain Chulananda de Silva said he knew from the start of the season that his team were in great shape to achieve their goal of promotion.

He said: “We’ve achieved our target of promotion with two games to spare.

“I knew from the first ball of the season – and the other guys knew – that if we were going to go up this was the season to do it.

“If you look at the teams who are going to get relegated, it will be difficult to win promotion next season.

“We had a team meal out on Saturday night and it was a good night.”

Wembley won the toss and inserted their visitors, who were quickly in trouble at 5-2 as Junayd Azar removed Chris Arul (2) and Ed Binns (0) with successive deliveries.

Ed Atkins, with a gritty knock of 32, did his best to hold the Highgate innings together, but wickets continued to tumble around him as Will Russell (14) and Nick Brunner 6) both fell to Sneh Shah (2-36).

William Brookes (13) helped Atkins steer Highgate to 69-4 but, when he edged a catch behind to become the first of five victims for Tapan Patel, the visitors’ innings soon disintegrated.

Atkins was next to go, bowled by Patel, who scythed through the tail to finish with the remarkable figures of 5-5 from 5.3 overs as Johan de Silva (0), Scott Thaxton (7) and Jack Peck (0) all succumbed.

Azar (3-44) removed Craig Gourlay (7) as Highgate folded for 87 in the 36th over – and that never looked remotely like a total the bowlers could attempt to defend.

Wembley opener Moazzam Rizvi was in no mood to hang around as he blazed a swift 42 from just 23 balls before Thaxton (1-25) had him caught by Gourlay.

But that was to be Highgate’s only success as Prinay Patel (30 not out) and Mitchell Fry (11no) coasted home at 88-1 from just 13.5 overs and clinched the home side’s promotion.

With two games still remaining, Wembley will travel in buoyant mood to Harrow Town on Saturday before entertaining second-placed Acton the following weekend.

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