Finchley will take their battle against the drop to the final day after a loss at Hampstead on Saturday

Finchley take survival fight to the final day

Finchley take survival fight to the final day

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Finchley will go into the final day of the Middlesex County League Division One knowing they still need a win to ensure safety, following a 15-run loss at Hampstead on Saturday.

Inserted into bat, the hosts struggled initially and found themselves at five for two following the dismissals of Desmond O’Leary and Ragheb Aga.

However a knock of 64 from Mubasher Hassan pushed the Hampstead total up to 197 all out.

Muhammed Arshad returned the best figures for Finchley, claiming five for 42.

The visitors also struggled in reply, with Chris Beaumont-Dark (four for 39) proving a threat with the ball for Hampstead.

Gradually, though, the run-rate started to pick up, with late hitting from Mahmudul Hassan (32), Majed Ali (23) and Frahan Butt (21) seeing the away side fall just short with a total of 182 all out.

Kunal Mehta hit 80 as Stanmore beat Twickenham to deny the visitors a shot at the title.

Mehta (80) top-scored, with Kush Patel chipping in with 33. Sam Helm added 23 to a total of 194 all out, leaving the home side knowing they would have to bowl well in order to win.

In the event, they did just that, with Mukesh Bhatt taking six for 33 to dismantle the Twickenham line-up.

Rhys Davies hit 48 but that was the high point for the visitors, who were removed for just 125, ending their title hopes.

In the Saracens Hertfordshire League Premier Division, relegated Potters Bar slumped to a 31-run loss at Stevenage.

At 75 for six, Potters had their hosts on the back foot, thanks to the bowling of Rahul Panta (four for 39); however a huge knock of 167 from Earl Lee eased the hosts to 303 for eight.

In reply, Potters Bar made a manful effort of chasing Stevenage’s gargantuan total, with George Scott (64) and Harrison Palmer (42) providing key knocks as the away side came up short.

Chris Whitworth did much of the damage, taking four for 43 as Potters were removed for 272.

A forgettable season in the Championship came to an end for Old Finchleians, who were beaten by 42 runs against Chorleywood in an inconsistent display.

The Wood won the toss and made hay, taking the score to 151 for one.

A huge total looked on the cards but to their credit, the visitors hauled them back with Darshan Depala (three for 42) and Hardik Savani (three for 31) restricting the hosts to 214 all out.

Despite an early loss, OF’s built well through Ratchit Thakkar (51) and Chetan Depala Jnr (36).

A collapse then ensued, with OF’s dismissed for 174.

Elsewhere in the Championship, Totteridge Millhillians cruised to an eight-wicket win at Knebworth Park.

Hosts Knebworth batted first, reaching 194 before being dismissed. Totteridge then eased to 197 just two wickets down.

In Division Three, Old Elizabethans were well-beaten at Eversholt, going down by 98 runs.

Eversholt set a total of 193 for seven, before swatting OE’s aside for just 95.

Mill Hill Village chalked up another win in their Division Seven promotion stroll, winning by seven wickets at County Hall Seconds.

The home side put up 162 for six, before the Village reached 165 with seven wickets in hand.

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