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Stanmore Cricket Club beaten on opening day of Middlesex County Cricket Division One campaign

Stanmore’s bowlers were unable to make a significant impression on hosts Hampstead’s order as they fell to a six-wicket defeat in Division One of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

The visitors were put in and made a strong start, reaching 66 before Steve Mehra (26) was caught for the first wicket.

Fellow opener and top scorer Navin Samarakoon (41) was the next to fall but steady scoring throughout saw Stanmore reach 176, before tailender Mukesh Bhatt (12) was run out for the final wicket.

In reply, Hampstead saw Tom Lewis (18) as the first to fall having reached 44, caught by Tom Cullen off the bowling of Darshan Malde (three for 30).

However, fellow opener Tom Smith’s fine knock of 85 not out led the home side to victory as they passed the Stanmore score for the loss of just four wickets in the 48th over.

Nicholas Goh (one for 34) was the only other wicket-taker for Stanmore who play host to Southgate on Saturday.

The club enjoyed better fortune on Sunday however, as they claimed a three-wicket success at Harrow St Marys in the ECB National Club Championship.

Electing to bowl, Chanmeet Kohli (four for 29) was the pick of the attack as St Marys were skittled for 162.

In reply, Tim Percival (46) fell agonisingly short of a half-century but his knock proved the catalyst to a successful chase, as Stanmore reached their target for the loss of seven wickets to claim the win.

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