East­cote ham­mer Saints to keep in touch

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Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

MID­DLE­SEX COUNTY LEAGUE DI­VI­SION TWO Har­row St Mary’s 81 all out East­cote 84-1

East­cote won by nine wick­ets EAST­COTE re­mained within touch­ing dis­tance of the Di­vi­sion Two sum­mit at the week­end.

The men from Hay­don Hall thrashed Har­row St Mary’s by nine wick­ets to claim the full 10 points and keep them fly­ing high near the top of the ta­ble.

They are now three points shy of lead­ers Shep­herd’s Bush and face off against fourth-placed Hornsey this week­end, while the pace-set­ters play base­ment dwellers Bren­tham.

Sec­ond from bot­tom Uxbridge, who sit a full 21 points clear of the bot­tom side, were crushed by 10 wick­ets against a ram­pant Enfield at the week­end.

In Thames Val­ley League Di­vi­sion 4A, Ruis­lip saw off strug­gling Bea­cons­field to sit head and shoul­ders above the rest. Mid-ta­ble Hilling­don Manor en­joyed a three­wicket vic­tory over Burn­ham.

North­wood have a cup fi­nal to look for­ward to af­ter semi-fi­nal vic­tory against Ryde Cava­liers.

Af­ter a fine bowl­ing dis­play from Si­mon, Nathan and Ash­ley Gold­smith, the bats­men made easy work of the tar­get to earn the chance to lift a piece of sil­ver­ware this term.

Another de­feat means it is only three wins from 16 games so far this sea­son and North­wood Town are just one place above the drop, although with a 47-point gap be­tween them and last place Ri Rick­mansworthk h i it seems theyh should be safe for another sea­son.

Hare­field also look to be safe this sea­son, but once again it ap­pears to be due to the lack of qual­ity in the teams be­low them rather than the qual­ity within their own side.

Mir­ror­ing Uxbridge’s sea­son some­what, they also have just four wins this sea­son, but with two teams strug­gling be­low, it is al­most cer­tain that they will start next sea­son in Di­vi­sion One of the TVL once again.

n DEV­AS­TAT­ING: (Above) East­cote’s Je­han Jeffrey bowls against Har­row St Mary’s; (above right) the Saints’ Shiv Chauhan

Photos by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­totms.co.uk WL155114

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