Versatile Philipson fires Hornsey to victory against Teddington
Michael Philipson put in vital contributions with both bat and ball as Hornsey triumphed in a low-scoring game against Teddington to leap four places up the table.
Philipson put the brakes on the Teddington batsmen to ensure the visitors were rolled over for just 69 before top scoring with 26 as Hornsey swept home by four wickets.
With plenty of cloud cover and rain forecast, it was little surprise that home skipper Chetan Patel opted to field after winning the toss at Tivoli Road.
Teddington openers James Keightley (11) and Will Rist (26) reached 21 without loss, but Ed Wharton made the breakthrough, having Keightley caught behind.
Basil Akram (3-25) then forced Teddington firmly onto the back foot as he reduced them to 26-4, removing Max Page (0), Sam Agarwal (1) and James Wade (0) in rapid succession.
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Rist and James Fear (12) appeared to have stopped the rot, adding 29 for the fifth wicket – but Philipson turned the contest back in Hornsey’s favour.
The Aussie trapped Rist leg before and bowled Ben Duncan for a duck, while Martin Tucker, whose four overs cost just five runs, picked up the wicket of Fear.
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Paul Weekes took two wickets in 11 balls without conceding a single run as he and Philipson, who finished with 3-9 from seven overs, mopped up the Teddington tail in the 31st over.
Hornsey’s reply got off to a disappointing start, with Imraan Mohammed failing to score before he departed leg before to Keightley (2-16), but Philipson and Richard Wharton nudged the scoreboard along to 36-1.
However, Charles Hopkins (2-14) inflicted a double blow on the home side as he dismissed Wharton (9) and then Philipson (26) before Akram (0) became Keightley’s second lbw victim.
At 50-4, the game was by no means won, but the experienced Weekes – not for the first time this season – kept his head and he and Patel (7) took their side to the brink of victory.
Patel’s departure was immediately followed by that of Jonno Evans, the third duck of the innings, but Weekes (24 not out) steered Hornsey across the line and lifted them to the giddy heights of fifth place.