Great escape in sight for battling Ickenham
But strugglers need results to go their way on final day CRICKET
MIDDLESEX COUNTY LEAGUE DIVISION THREE Ickenham 211 all out MTSSC 151 all out Ickenham won by 60 runs ICKENHAM gave themselves a fighting chance of making a great escape after a 60-run victory over MTSSC on Saturday.
Ross Berti top scored with 62 as his side picked up a vital 10 points and means they go into the final game of the season knowing a win could save them.
However, they will need to secure victory against North London and hope South Hampstead lose against Harrow Town to stay up by virtue of wins gained.
Berti helped Ickenham reach 211 all out before Paul Sims (4-36) and Greg Knowles (4-50) saw MTSCC dismissed for 151.
Elsewhere, Sachin Gulvady scored an unbeaten half-century as Eastcote won by seven wickets at Southgate to preserve their Division Two status, while Uxbridge were three-wicket victors against Shepherd’s Bush thanks to Garton Kleinveldt hitting 84 not out.
In the Thames Valley League, Old Merchant Taylors’ are on the verge of the Divisdion 3B title after overcoming Kew seconds by six wickets.
The victory puts them 15 points clear of Chesham seconds going into the final match of the season.
Hayes were beaten by 133 runs at Sonning in Division 2B, while in Division 4B Ruislip are four points adrift in the final relegation spot after being edged out by just six runs by Burnham thirds.
In the same division, Julian Corbin’s 55 was in vain as Hillingdon Manor lost by eight wickets to Marlow seconds.
Doug King took 5-27, but Harefield remain in deep trouble in the Home Counties Premier League Division One after a 46-run defeat to High Wycombe and are six points from safety going into the final match against Banbury this weekend.
Elsewhere, Northwood Town have been relegated from Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Division Three after a five-wicket loss to Hertford seconds.
But there was better news in Division Two for Northwood, who won by 96 runs against Redbourne.
n TOP SCORE: Ickenham’s batsman Ross Berti in action against MTSSC