Strug­glers left with slim hopes of sur­vival

CRICKET

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

Photo by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­totms.co.uk

n DEFT FIELD­ING: Paul Simms catches the ball for Ick­en­ham in their game against Ac­ton NL201410404_02

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