4s win last ball classic
Brentham 4s came out on the right side of a last-ball thriller on Saturday at Friends United, winning by four runs in defense of 234 at Northwick Park.
All four results were possible as Mohsin Hassan ran in to deliver the final ball but he kept his nerve to bowl Sarang Nitendra and wrap up the points for Krushna Kerai's troops.
It completed an incredible late-innings performance from the Trees, who took 7-19 in the final six overs to blow Friends United's lower order away.
Pratyesh Desai took three of those wickets to finish with 4-32 while there were also two run outs as the hosts crumbled late on.
The bowlers expolits shouldn't take away from another fine innings from Jon Mays (video above), his 111* the bedrock of Brentham's 234-5 off 45 overs.
Looking for a third straight win, the 4s are at William Perkin against Ealing this Saturday.
The 3s were also victorious, albeit by a slightly more comfortably margin, against league leaders Acton last weekend.
Batting first at William Perkin, the 3s posted 253 all out off 42 overs. Jaidev Pindoria (58 off 27 balls) got The Trees off to an electric start and they continued to pile on the runs in the sunshine. Jayraj Jadeja (58) and Ahmad Shahid (50) both reached half-centuries at a run-a-ball, allowing captain James Hitchcock to declare with 50 overs remaining.
Ciaran Brett (4-31) whittled through the top order but it was Prasad Vaze (2-23) who took the crucial wicket of Kuntal Parikh for 43.
A. Morrison (49) held up Brentham's charge towards the 12 points, alongside Acton skipper Nathan Danckert, but Matt Bunker Jnr (1-62), Jayraj (2-4), and Chris Jones (1-8) eventually removed the lower order as Brentham won by 105 runs with 11 overs to spare.
Fourth, 7 points off top, the 3s travel to Chiswick Park to take on third-placed Richmond this weekend.
The 2s will be rueing a collapse of 8-26 which cost them any hope of beating Brondesbury at Meadvale Road.
After a solid start, Jack Solomon (2-41) and Ayush Vartak (2-33) began to peg Bron back before Ashfaq Ahmed (6-15) took centre-stage.
From 5 and below, no away batter passed nine as Saad Rehmann's side bowled out the visitors for a chaseable 181, 147 of them coming from their top four.
The target of 182 looked even more gettable as Thirath Goane (68), Saad (21), and Ayush (24) took The Trees to the three-figure mark just two down.
However, Saiam Shukat was introduced to devastating effect. Having removed both openers, he then ran through the lower order to finish with 6-32 as the 2s were all out for 127 in just 26 overs.
Brentham have a trip to second-placed Twickenham this weekend.
The 1s also suffered defeat on Saturday, their total of 211 not quite proving enough away at Wycombe House.
Their were contributions all down the order but nobody, bar Meet Goswami (65) and Abbas Ilyas (43), were able to convert their start into anything of real substance. The Trees all out in just under 48 overs.
House's chase was always in the balance. At various stages, Tomek Tsang's side had their opponents 88-3, 113-5, and 184-7, but captain Hamzah Khan stood up when his team needed him most with an unbeaten 95 off 77 balls.
Tilan Wijesinghe finished with 3-54 but House were able to get home with three wickets in hand.
Fourth-placed Harrow head to Meadvale Road this weekend.