December 8 2013 Latest news:
By Ben Kosky
Monday, September 9, 2013
Hornsey captain Chetan Patel says the club must bring in fresh faces during the winter to avoid a repeat of this season’s relegation scare.
The Tivoli Road side slumped to a 52-run defeat at Richmond on the final day of the season, preserving their Premier Division place only because rivals Winchmore Hill lost as well.
Although relieved by Hornsey’s escape – and the fact they can now look forward to a third successive season in the top flight – Patel is well aware that his side will need to strengthen ahead of the 2014 campaign.
“The second year in the league is always a bit harder because people know more about you, and the teams we’re playing against have a lot more depth,” said the Hornsey skipper.
“When we set out at the start of the season our first goal was to stay in the division. We’ve done that and we get another go next year, so I’m happy about that.
“The frustrating thing is that we didn’t do ourselves justice – we were a good enough team to have finished in the top four or five, but we’ve been too inconsistent.
“That comes from not working hard enough and letting ourselves down – those days where we’ve not had the right side of the luck. We’ve got to apply ourselves better.
“We certainly need a bit more depth, so we need to get recruiting. We don’t need to change the personnel completely but we could do with one or two more players and bringing in some young blood.
“Clubs that recruit in the winter do well and Hampstead are living proof of that – they’ve won the league comfortably with eight or nine players that didn’t play for them last season.”
Hornsey went into their last game needing a victory or four-point draw to be certain of retaining their status – and they seemed on course to achieve that after putting their hosts in and dismissing them cheaply.
Basil Akram took 4-42 as Richmond were dismissed for 160 in 48 overs, but Hornsey’s batsmen were unable to cope with the bowling of left-arm spinner Scott Power.
Power finished with figures of 8-36 as the visitors succumbed for just 108 in the 47th over – but news of Winchmore Hill’s 66-run defeat by Ealing enabled the Hornsey camp to breathe a collective sigh of relief.
And the skipper is already looking forward to next season’s derby clashes with neighbours North Middlesex, who went up as champions of Division Two.
“After the game I received a text from North Midd saying ‘see you next year’ and I’m looking forward to that,” added Patel.
“North Midd have been trying to come up for the last five years and never quite managed it, but this year they didn’t choke. It’ll be good to have more local derbies and for us, effectively, another home game.
“It was frustrating not to win. We did our job with the ball and in the field – if somebody said to me at the start ‘you’re chasing 160 in 70-odd overs’ I’d take that every week.
“Power bowled really well and he was probably the difference between the two sides. But we’re still good enough to chase 160 and we didn’t apply ourselves.”
Hornsey went on to contest the Middlesex Cup final on Sunday, but they were defeated. Teddington posted 305-5 from their 45 overs and Hornsey were only able to muster 118-9 in reply.