East­cote go clear at the top with derby win

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Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

EAST­COTE con­tin­ued their fine streak of form by com­plet­ing the dou­ble over lo­cal ri­vals Uxbridge.

Af­ter fend­ing off neigh­bours Bren­tham last week­end, the table­top­ping side were seek­ing to ex­tend their lead at the top of the league.

And the Di­vi­sion Two hope­fuls had to over­come the loss of early wick­ets to bounce back in style and en­joy a 64 run vic­tory, earn­ing a ten point march over sec­ond place.

Af­ter los­ing the toss, the visi­tors quickly found them­selves two wick­ets down at 13-2 af­ter six overs.

Skip­per Chris James and James Rosewarne put on a small part­ner­ship be­fore the cap­tain de­parted for 18, and Phil Bell fol­lowed shortly af­ter on a duck.

East­cote were four wick­ets down fo for 45 runs and were head­ing for tr trou­ble un­til young­ster Sachin Wi­jer­atne proved per­fect fod­der for Rosewarne as the pair scored 72 and 46 re­spec­tively be­fore the league le lead­ers de­clared on 192-9.

And Uxbridge looked well set to ch chal­lenge that to­tal af­ter mak­ing th their op­po­nents wait more than 10 o overs to claim a wicket, but then fo found them­selves on 47-4 af­ter 17 overs af­ter some fine bowl­ing from an East­cote side with mo­men­tum in th their favour.

Rosewarne’s won­der­ful bowl­ing th then saw the visi­tors home, tak­ing 5 5-21 from 7.3 overs to help his side to the win.

East­cote host Bron­des­bury at home this com­ing week­end and hope to con­tinue press­ing on. HAYES fly­weight Ramesh Ah­madi breezed through his sup­pos­edly tough­est test yet at Beth­nal Green’s York Hall on Satur­day night.

Ah­madi pum­meled Welsh­man Rob­bie Forster for three rounds and the 23-yearold did not come back out for the fourth to take another beat­ing.

Ah­madi trains at Les Southey’s gym in Hilling­don, along­side sta­ble mate Tommy Tear, and he made it nine wins out of nine on the same bill with vic­tory on points.

n GOOD FORM: Uxbridge celebrate a wicket and (right) Aman Lo­tay bats for East­cote Photos by Katie Lamb www.buyapho­totms.co.uk WL154376

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