On yet another rain-affected Saturday we achieved 2 wins and 2 defeats (with one abandoned).
The 1s played a T20 versus Bickley Park at the Rectory Field and hit 127 from their 20 overs. Ravi Karunaratne hit a sparkling 57 from only 37 balls and Rishi Roy-Mukherjee made 45*. The visitors made a steady start before a terrific spell from Tejpal Birdi (4 overs 2 - 10) tipped the odds in our favour. However, three boundaries at the end of the penultimate over left Bickley Park needing 2 from the final over, which they accomplished. Results elsewhere mean the 1s have guaranteed their Premier League status with 2 matches to go. Given that this is effectively a new team and the challenges we have encountered, this is a fantastic achievement. 2 wins in the final fixtures should see us into a top 5 finish.
The 2s were abandoned without a ball being bowled and the 4s had a league bye.
The 3s are on the brink of promotion with a reduced-overs win against Catford Wanderers. They had to work hard for the win chasing 134 to win, the 3s got home by 3 wickets with 9 balls to spare. Billy Crone's team can win at Orpington CC on Saturday to seal promotion.
The 5s won a pivotal game at Dartford CC. Stuart Shanks and Arraf Hossein put on 66 for the 1st wicket and Swapnil Wipat hit 44 as the 5s hit 178/6. Dartford were restricted to 121/6 in reply as Pranjal Trivedi took 4 for 25. They now need to win their remaining fixtures against bottom two Bexley Park CC and Belvedere CC and hope Bromley Common CC slip up.
The 6s lost a topsy-turvy game at home to Beckenham CC. Affan Azeez had reduced the visitors to 15/5 before some late order resistance pushed them to 167 from 35 overs. Jeremy Nelson hit 40 but a controversial no-ball dismissal of Fred Feeney swung the match to Beckenham. In the end we were 12 runs short.
On Sunday the U21 completed a great turn-around win versus Bexley CC. Rhys Saunders hit 54* in the U21's 166/5. Bexley were going well at 83/1 when the rain came. After an hours delay Tejpal Birdi struck twice in the first over back. The visitors were soon 85/5 and it was downhill from there as they were 135 all out.