Hornsey drop into relegation zone after defeat against Finchley
16:31 11 August 2014
Hornsey’s relegation concerns continue to mount in the Premier Division after a defeat against fellow strugglers Finchley dropped them into the bottom two with four games left.
Michael Philipson’s side restricted Finchley to 189, with Ed Wharton taking 3-38 – but a poor start to Hornsey’s reply left them 45-4 and playing catch-up.
Philipson (44) and Adam Rossington (50) threatened a comeback but the tail end struggled to maintain the momentum and the hosts fell 24 runs short.
Philipson elected to field at Tivoli Road and Wharton got Hornsey off to a strong start, having opener Majed Ali caught by James Bull for a duck.
The tide soon turned in Finchley’s favour though as skipper Jake Milton (45), George Charlton and Francois Haasbroek helped the visitors to reach 111-2.
Suddenly it was 114-5 as Martin Tucker removed Charlton (37) and Niraj Jadav for a duck before catching Hassan Khan (3) off Philipson (2-36).
That same combination accounted for Sumeet Sharma (15) – who was caught by Tucker off Philipson – and when Wharton snared the incoming Fred Daeche-Marshall leg before for two, Finchley were 142-7.
Haasbroek was still at the crease though, and he compiled an unbeaten 40 alongside Sunil Tailor (18), Mahmudul Hassan (6) and Frahan Butt (7), taking Finchley to 189 before Wharton and Oli Yew (2-37) cleaned up the tail after 53.5 overs.
In reply, James Bull (18) and Garfield Struthers (17) enjoyed a solid opening, reaching 33 without loss.
However, they hadn’t reckoned on the bowling of Frahan Butt, who removed both openers en route to impressive figures of 5-32 which played a big part in his side’s victory.
Hornsey reached 45-1 but Struthers’ dismissal by Butt sparked a mini-collapse as Hassan Khan (2-35) prised out both Jack Goldberg and James Fleming for ducks, leaving the home side 45-4.
Captain Philipson led by example, steadying the ship with former captain Chetan Patel (7) – who was caught off Sunil Tailor (1-15) – and then sharing an 80-run partnership with Rossington, who plundered 50 off 42 balls.
That took Hornsey to 151-5 – 39 runs away from the victory target with more than 10 overs left – but Butt struck again, removing the pair in quick succession.
When Tucker was bowled by Milton (2-22) for four, the turnaround was complete and the home side were 157-8, with Kenton now smelling 10 points and Hornsey now battling to avoid defeat.
Sandeep Singh (2) faced 14 balls before being caught off Milton, but Yew (1) followed promptly after – caught by Hassan off Butt – as Kenton completed their victory after 46 overs.
Hornsey visit Hampstead this weekend and then host another title contender, Teddington, before a crucial-looking derby clash against North Middlesex and then a final fixture at home against Richmond on September 6.