Strugglers left with slim hopes of survival
MIDDLESEX COUNTY CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION THREE Acton 184 all out Ickenham 133 all out Ickenham lost by 51 runs ICKENHAM are running out of time to save themselves from Division Three relegation.
The strugglers suffered a 51-run defeat to high-flying Acton on Saturday to leave their hopes of survival hanging by a thread.
Second-from-bottom Barnes picked up a point from their losing draw with Harrow Town and remain 16 points clear of the basement boys going into the penultimate round of fixtures.
Greg Knowles did his best to halt the slide against Acton, taking an incredible seven-wicket haul, but it was not enough to prevent another defeat.
Ickenham must now win this Saturday at MTSSC and hope Barnes slip up to give themselves hope of mounting a final-day escape.
Eastcote are not faring too much better in Division One, although they should beat the drop after picking up a much-needed eightwicket win over Indian Gymkhana while Uxbridge picked up a point in a losing draw against Enfield.
Meanwhile, in the Thames Valley Leagues, there were wins for Division 2B Hayes against Stoke Green and in Division 3B for Old Merchant Taylors’ at home to Kew seconds while Ruislip gained the bragging rights in Division 4A against neighbours Hillingdon Manor.
Home Counties Premier League Division One outfit Harefield were outclassed by a powerful Henley, who racked up more than 300 runs with the bat.
Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Division Two side Northwood, sitting comfortably in mid-table, suffered their second straight defeat at home to Met Police Bushey while, in Division Three, Northwood Town are on an upward curve and recorded a second successive victory as they beat Potters Bar seconds.
n DEFT FIELDING: Paul Simms catches the ball for Ickenham in their game against Acton NL201410404_02