East­cote’s grip at top of ta­ble loosens


EAST­COTE re­main top of Di­vi­sion Two of the Mid­dle­sex County Cricket League, de­spite los­ing only their sec­ond game on Satur­day.

Host­ing Bron­des­bury, East­cote got the start they wanted af­ter win­ning the toss and elect­ing to field.

With Matt Sav­age tak­ing some early wick­ets, Bron­des­bury found them­selves 38-5 af­ter 11 overs.

East­cote’s tails were up and they wanted to seal the deal, but some stub­born Bron­des­bury bat­ting pushed them up to 103-6 be­fore Avi Anand re­moved their skip­per.

A fur­ther 55 runs were scored be­fore a handy stump­ing from cap­tain Chris James off young gun Naresh Ra­jaku­la­suriar took the next scalp at 155-7, but more gritty bat­ting al­lowed Bron­des­bury to del­care on 255-8, Sav­age tak­ing 6-60.

East­cote’s re­ply was look­ing steady be­fore James lost his off stump for eight and although James Rosewarne (22) and Aman Lo­tay (29) showed some re­sis­tance, both were dis­missed in close suc­ces­sion to leave their side at 80-3.

This soon be­came 134-8 af­ter drinks, with only Phil Bell (22) and young Sha­hen Wi­jer­atne, with a fine 38, show­ing any re­sis­tance as East­cote were bowled out for 150. Although they stay top, Shep­herd’s Bush are now level on points.

In the same di­vi­sion, Uxbridge beat Wem­b­ley by 68 runs (John Elmes 55, Toby Polk­inghorne 54), while Ick­en­ham’s hopes of an in­stant re­turn from the Mid­dle­sex Cham­pi­onship look doomed fol­low­ing a three-wicket de­feat to Perivale Phone­cians in Di­vi­sion One.

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