Jul 5 2012 by Matt Lewis, Harrow Observer
MIDDLESEX COUNTY CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION THREE
Indian Gymkhana 101 all out
Harrow St Marys 102-4
Harrow St Mary’s won by six wickets
HARROW St Mary’s made it five wins out of five against struggling Indian Gymkhana on Saturday.
The in-form HSM players kept up their momentum with a six-wicket victory and stay within reach of league leaders Uxbridge.
Captain Gary Pettet lost the toss and the Saints were asked to take to the field, making the perfect start as Haran Dharmararaja took a wicket in the first over with only one run on the board.
HSM continued to press and with the score at 23-4 they were firmly in the driving seat, Robbie van der Ross narrowly missing out a superb hat-trick.
Dharmararaja restricted the run-rate and Lakmal Kasthuri went on to take three wickets as Gymkhana were brushed aside for 101 runs.
With thoughts of their collapse last week in mind, Sam Blennerhassett and Harmeet Singh opened the batting tentatively. Singh was the first to fall for six, cutting to backward point in the 10th with the score on 30.
However, Gymkhana’s bowlers misfired and despite an early exit for Tom Pettet (9), Van der Ross was able to steer the team to victory with the loss of four wickets
HSM’s second-string also recorded a win against Birkbeck, despite seven of the team’s batsmen failing to get into double figures.
Saints only managed to put 118 on the board, largely thanks to Charith Gunasekera (22), Amit Madaam (21), Tony Wright (13) and Roger Bellamy (11).
But with another league defeat looking likely, HSM turned up the heat with the ball and skittled out the helpless Birkbeck players for just 89.
The Sunday firsts were also in action, defeating Harpenden by 114 runs after an excellent display with the bat.
Nishil Patel was out on the penultimate ball of the innings, caught going for a four to get his highest ever score of 150, but finished on 146 as he led the way at the crease.
Harpenden’s openers looked more than capable of meeting the required run-rate until Chris Brown claimed the first wicket and a collapse followed.
Nickhil Shah, playing his first game in four years, made a memorable comeback as he took five wickets and U17s star Niraj Jasraj took three.
And Jarryd Thompson hit 71 as HSM’s Sunday seconds eased past North Mymms.