December 8 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 9, 2013
Highgate were denied promotion on the final day of the Middlesex County Cricket League season despite a convincing win over Barnes, as Indian Gymkhana also romped to victory away at South Hampstead to seal second spot in Division Three.
Highgate have never been in the promotion places this campaign, but a strong run of end-of-season form took them into contention.
A crucial showdown with Gymkhana was rained off two weeks ago, but the Crouch End outfit went into Saturday’s climax eight points behind their rivals, with an outside chance of pipping them to the post.
Highgate initially slumped to 25-3 against Barnes, but Syed Ali (41) and Carman Mapatuna (98) took the hosts to 172-5, and captain Jake Sharland (32), Surath Liyanage (28) and Adnan Khalid (11 not out) enabled a declaration at 263-9 after 51 overs.
Having top-scored for his side, Mapatuna also led the way with the ball, claiming 4-32, while Craig Gourlay (3-46), Freddie Barrass (2-40) and Ed Binns (1-9) also played their part as Barnes were skittled for 149 in 35.3 overs to secure a 114-run victory.
That left Highgate needing a favour from South Hampstead, but they were well beaten by Gymkhana, who only needed four points and took all 10.
Nish Patel was SH’s top scorer with 26 as the visitors perished on a lowly 112, and Gymkhana rapidly reached 113-2 to finish ahead of Highgate and earn their promotion.
Elsewhere, North London completed their campaign with a five-wicket home win over Edmonton, who had already been condemned to the bottom spot.
Ted Greally took 5-58 as the basement boys totalled 208-9, and Ben Hocking struck an unbeaten 96 while Paul Brierley notched 50 as NL reached 209-5.