After the double disappointment of last weekend when the 1's lost to Twickenham and went out of the National Club Cup in the Group Final, the 1's bounced back with an impressive 126 run win over Stanmore Cricket to move back up to 4th in the Premier League. Meanwhile the 2's maintained their position at the top of Division 1 and the 5's moved up to 3rd place in Division 5B of the MCCL's third tier. However the 3's and 4's both lost.
At Stanmore, the 1's won the toss and despite losing Adam London early on, were able to declare on 316 for 2 after 58 overs. Will Phillips's good season continued with 79 but it was unbeaten tons from Abhishek Jhunjhunwala and Ben Compton which take the headlines. In response, Stanmore lost early wickets to David Burton and Will but from 29 for 3, they recovered to 106 before Abhi took the key wicket of Hong Kong's Anshi Rath. After tea, Bhavesh Pankhania struck twice in an over and Stanmore were 112 for 6. There was then a resilient 7th wicket partnership of 71 before Dave Burton returned to take 3 quick wickets and secure the win.
The 2's faced defending champions North Middlesex at ODP and when the visitors were 180 for 4, a big run chase seemed likely. However, skipper Steven Deakin brought himself back on after an expensive first spell to turn things around. North Midd were dismissed for 219. In reply an opening stand of 66 between Greg King and Stephen Bail set the foundations. After Bail was adjudged LBW, Greg and Zain Bhatkar continued to build. Greg went for 71 but Zain and Sam Goodwill went on to secure the 10 points with 66 and 45 not out respectively.
The 3's posted 216 for 8 with Neil Hemstalk's 95 taking the honours. It should have been enough but dropped catches proved costly and Osterley got across the line by 2 wickets, Stalker's 3 for 44 being the best of the bowling.
The 4's struggled again being dismissed for 128, a total which Harrow St Mary's 3's passed for the loss of 2 wickets.
The 5's posted 230 and bowled Shepherds Bush 4's out for 93! A convincing win.
Today the 1's return to Stanmore to face North Middlesex in the semi-final of the Middlesex T20. Should they win that match, they will face either Stanmore or Finchley for the right to represent Middlesex in the National stages of the competition.
Meanwhile the Under 15's travel to Slough in the first of two knockout games before the National Cup reaches the Regional stage.