Finchley moved up to fourth in the Middlesex Premier Division with a sensational 10-wicket win over Southgate - despite their visitors making three figures.

Perhaps the Arden Field side felt something in the air when they put themselves in the field, as they soon had a first wicket when Alvin Durgacharan was sent walking thanks to Jamie Powe’s catch from the bowling of Frahan Butt with nine runs on the board.

Sumeet Sharma and Brad Chemaly would be the heroes of the bowling effort, however, with the former ending 4-48 from his 16 overs, and also seeing captain Phil Dunnett run out for a duck.

Chemaly added 3-39 to help knock down Southgate’s mid-order, and with the visitors eventually dismissed for 134, after a laborious 52.5 overs.

It took little time for Finchley to set about reaching their target, and in less than half the time of their opposition, as Phil Hughes and Joe Barrett raced to the line with 39 and 91 respectively.

Hughes’ conservative innings, facing 79 balls, was countered by the pace of Barrett’s score - and 18 fours helped him move within nine of a century from 75 balls.

It allowed Finchley to reach 135-0 in 25.2 overs, and take a comprehensive victory.

Stanmore picked up a first win of the season to move away from bottom-side Shepherds Bush, but still six points distant from the Premier Division relegation line.

Bush had won the toss and decided to bat, and were looking good as they reached 60 without loss, until Steven Reingold took opener Jack Brydon for 48.

More followed as three batsmen were taken for eight each by Reingold and Tushaar Karia.

The former would continue his assault and ended 6-60 as Bush were bowled out for 291.

That was only the start of his impressive afternoon, however, as the Stanmore opener racked up 128 in response alongside fellow opener Kunal Mehta, who made 56.

A 35 from Jason Shield and 28 from Patel edged them towards victory, and they reached it in 60.2 overs, ending 294-8.