Williams' one-man show isn't enough
PUBLISHED: 14:10 01 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:36 24 August 2010
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AN OUTSTANDING individual display from James Williams was not enough to clinch four points for South Hampstead in Saturday s rain-affected Division Two match at Uxbridge. SH were seeking a swift improvement on last week s collapse against Twickenham and s
AN OUTSTANDING individual display from James Williams was not enough to clinch four points for South Hampstead in Saturday's rain-affected Division Two match at Uxbridge.
SH were seeking a swift improvement on last week's collapse against Twickenham and seemed to have the upper hand when they restricted the hosts to 134-6, with Williams taking four wickets.
But the Milverton Road outfit failed to maintain that pressure and allowed Uxbridge to reach 234-8 in 55 overs.
In reply, South Hampstead looked in real trouble when they lost their opening wickets cheaply, but a valuable 77 by top scorer Williams got them back on track and they plugged on to take a point at 159-8.
"It was a reasonable display in the circumstances - and in the weather," said South Hampstead secretary Ken James.
"James Williams really carried us through with the assistance of the lower order batsmen.
"We have slipped into the bottom two, but hope we can now pick things up."
SH skipper Tim McMahon won the toss and put Uxbridge in to bat, a decision that appeared to be flawed as the home side raced to 97-2 thanks to a breezy 43 from Mike Stafford.
Spinner Williams (4-66) found his mark and slowed Uxbridge's progress, removing Stafford and Malkeet Dhaliwal in quick succession.
But SH failed to build on the advantage and the batting side recovered to reach a defendable total, with James Domigan taking 2-69, Dan Barrett 1-34 and McMahon 1-30.
South Hampstead's chase began slowly, with openers McMahon (3) and Zia Sialvi (1) both dismissed cheaply by Ryan Connor (6-53).
Connor then accounted for Paul Atherley for a single and Graeme Farley for a duck to leave the visitors on the ropes at 19-4.
But Williams, in partnership with Matt Cullen, took the score along to 76-5 and, after Cullen was stumped off Connor for 16, paired up with Nish Patel, who made 18.
Domigan was out for a duck, but Owen Johnson's knock of 24 not out continued the momentum before the dismissal of Williams, who was eighth out at 151, ended their hopes of snatching a winning draw.