Finchley slipped to a six-wicket loss against Ealing on Saturday but know their Premier Division status is almost safe regardless

Finchley slip to defeat but safety almost secured

Finchley slip to defeat but safety almost secured

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Finchley suffered a six-wicket loss against Ealing on Saturday but know their Middlesex County League Premier Division status is almost assured thanks to results below them.

The hosts disappointed with the bat and reached a total of 142 all out, largely thanks to Hassan Khan’s knock of 48.

Ahmad Elech proved vital in restricting the hosts’ run rate, taking five for 26.

In reply, 63 from Elech and 45 not out from Robert White eased the visitors to a winning total of 145 for four.

Stanmore remain just above the drop zone following a seven-wicket loss at North Middlesex.

Electing to bat first, the visitors flattered to deceive and only late runs from Marc Reingold (25) boosted their total to 124 all out.

North Middlesex made light work of chasing down their visitors’ total, with Michael Clements (34) and Connor Nurse (38) putting on a good partnership en route to 127 for three.

Patrick Scott hit an unbeaten 109 but could not inspire Potters Bar to victory as his side went down by five wickets against North Mymms in the Saracens Herts League Premier Division.

Scott (109 not out) was well-supported by Harrison Palmer (38) as Potters put together a respectable 250 for eight.

However, 62 from North Mymms’ Neil Bamford and 52 not out from Andy Lewis eased the away side to 254 for four, despite Thilan Walallawita’s two for 31.

In the Championship, Old Finchleians’ slide towards relegation was all but sealed after a poor showing against fellow strugglers Langleybury, who won at a canter by 137 runs.

Visitors Langleybury built well through Mohammed Manzoor (88) and Luke Samarasinghe (58), putting on a total of 255 for five.

Old Finchleians were disappointing in response, with Divyesh Depala (29) top-scoring in a meagre total of 118.

A five-wicket win for Totteridge Millhillians over West Herts provided another step towards Championship safety.

Hasan Mahmood took four for 27 for Totteridge, who removed their hosts for 140; Avinash Mane top-scoring with 43.

Steve Selwood hit 60 to steer the visitors towards the points, with support from Shaun O’Brien pushing Totteridge onto 141 for five.

In Division Three, Old Elizabethans were crushed by 102 runs at Harpenden Seconds.

Batting first, the hosts made 219 all out but Elizabethans could only muster 117 all out.

The champagne is on ice for Mill Hill Village, who are up but still awaiting title confirmation, despite a four-wicket win against Old Owens Seconds in Division Seven.

Put into bat, the visitors were struggling on 16 for four before a fifth-wicket partnership and some stubborn late resistance helped the away side to a total of 132 all out.

The Village took just 25 overs to seal the points, with Daniel Potter (42) providing the key score in a total of 135 for six.

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