Solia’s five-wicket haul helps Hornsey rediscover winning feeling against Acton

Sean Solia recorded his best bowling figures of the season as Hornsey ended their winless run, beating Acton to go sixth in the table.

The all-rounder finished with figures of 5-27 to restrict Acton to 208 – and, although he was one of two early wickets to fall in Hornsey’s reply, the Crouch End side scrambled home for a first victory in seven games.

Acton won the toss at Tivoli Road and opted to take first knock, with James Hunt and Hannadige Soysa putting on 31 to get their side off to a solid start.

Jack Bruce (2-33) made the breakthrough for the home side, taking a return catch to dismiss Hunt (8) and then removing Sahil Kher for a duck to leave Acton 35-2.

Yasir Mehmood joined forces with Soysa for a century stand that put the visitors back in the driving seat, with both batsmen scoring at around a run a ball.

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Ed Wharton (1-33) broke the partnership by dismissing Mehmood (54) and the returning Paul Weekes (2-75) trapped Soysa lbw for 75 before accounting for Seb Warwick (15) off his own bowling.

But it was Solia who swept away the Acton tail, capturing the last five wickets – three of them clean bowled – as the visitors slid from 189-5 to 208 all out at the end of the 47th over.

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Hornsey made a dreadful start to their run chase, with Solia lasting just four deliveries before he fell to Shola Samuel-Anyia without scoring and John Reeve accounting for James Fleming (1).

That left the home side in trouble at 3-2, but Weekes and James Bull began their fightback with a partnership of 57, with the latter reaching 34 before he was leg before to Reeve (4-102).

Weekes held the Hornsey innings together and, although Chetan Patel had to retire hurt on 10, Jack Goldberg struck a rapid 25 from 14 balls to haul his side over the three-figure mark.

Goldberg’s dismissal was soon followed by that of Bruce for a single and, when Reeve picked up the prize wicket of Weekes for 58, Hornsey were still 72 short of victory at 137-6.

However, Steve Atkinson batted sensibly for an undefeated 21, while Wharton rattled up a brisk 46 not out at the other end to guide their side home by four wickets with four balls to spare.

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