Young team could keep trophy tally go­ing

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Harefield Gazette - - ADULT SERVICES 18+ -

EASTCOTE U10s se­cured the Sir Gubby Allen Trophy for the sec­ond year run­ning by beat­ing Stoke New­ing­ton at the Nurs­ery Ground at Lord’s.

They would be odds-on favourites for the hat-trick next year after this 12-run tri­umph, with a num­ber of nine-year-olds in the squad.

Cap­tain Su­raj Shankar won the toss and put the Hack­ney team into bat, who reached 261-6 net in 16 overs of play.

Open­ing bats­men Ro­han Bat­tila and Shankar hit a com­bined to­tal of net 37 in their four overs, be­fore the Mid­dle­sex team ran up a to­tal of net 273 to re­tain the trophy.

Ick­en­ham have been rel­e­gated to the Mid­dle­sex Cham­pi­onship de­spite beat­ing vis­i­tors North London by 64 runs on Satur­day.

Greg Knowles took 6-54 as the hosts, who had reached 195-9 de­clared, bowled out their op­po­nents for 131. How­ever, as South Hamp­stead beat Har­row Town, Ick­en­ham lost their place in Mid­dle­sex County League Di­vi­sion Three.

Uxbridge (172 all out) just missed league ri­vals Uxbridge and North­wood – the Reds take on Bed­font and Feltham, and the Woods travel to Bar­ton Rovers.

Both teams were in ac­tion yes­ter­day evening against North out on pro­mo­tion from Di­vi­sion Two, fin­ish­ing third de­spite a 78run win over Bren­tham (94 all out). Eastcote (266-9) signed off with a 70-run tri­umph over Shep­herd’s Bush (196 all out).

Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’ (268-7) were crowned Thames Val­ley League Di­vi­sion 3B cham­pi­ons after their 145-run vic­tory over Bea­cons­field seconds (123 all out), and Hayes (78-8) fin­ished their sea­son with a two-wicket win against Chiswick and Latymer (77 all out).

In Di­vi­sion 4A, Ruis­lip (178-6) es­caped the drop by over­com­ing Cookham Dean seconds (175 all out), and Hilling­don Manor (179 all out) lost by four wick­ets to Che­sham thirds (180-6).

Hare­field (262-7) se­cured a vi­tal win to avoid rel­e­ga­tion from Home Coun­ties Premier Di­vi­sion One as they beat Ban­bury (247 all out) by 15 runs.

In Sara­cens Hert­ford­shire Cricket League Di­vi­sion Two, North­wood (246-7) fin­ished the sea­son with a 60-run tri­umph over Wat­ford Town (186 all out), and in Di­vi­sion Three al­ready rel­e­gated North­wood Town (131-7) beat Steve­nage seconds (129 all out) by three wick­ets.

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LORD-ING IT: Eastcote U10s re­tained the Sir Gubby Allen Trophy

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