December 10 2013 Latest news:
By Ben Pearce
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Hornsey captain Chetan Patel is hoping that a “season of fine lines” will not end in relegation as the Tivoli Road outfit prepare for a nervy climax to the campaign in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.
Hornsey suffered their seventh defeat of the campaign against Twickenham on Saturday, going down by two wickets despite the efforts of Paul Weekes, who hit 63 with the bat and then took 4-66 with the ball.
That left them eight points above the drop zone ahead of their final game away at sixth-placed Richmond this weekend – and if they slip up, Winchmore Hill could overtake and condemn them to Division Two by beating second-placed Ealing.
“It definitely shouldn’t have come to this,” said Patel. “We’re too strong for it to have happened, but this is the reality.
“We’re still in the driving seat. We need four points irrespective of what Winchmore Hill do, and that would leave us safe and where we should be, which is in the Premier Division. It’s stacked in our favour in that we’ve got Richmond, while Winchmore Hill have got to play Ealing.
“When we’ve lost games – apart from one game when we got thrashed – they’ve been by one or two wickets. It’s been a season of fine lines for us and, unfortunately, in every close match we’ve been on the wrong side of it.
“We’re still confident, we’re a good team and it’s not just me saying it. Speaking to other captains, from Hampstead and Ealing for example, people say we’re probably the fourth strongest side in the division.
“That’s all nice to hear but that’s on paper and we’ve got to go and perform on the field now.”
While Hornsey’s Premier Division status is on the line this week, the club could end up celebrating a hugely successful weekend.
Once their fate has been decided in the County League, Hornsey’s first team will contest the League Cup final against Teddington on Sunday, having beaten Ealing in the semi-finals of the 45-over format.
The last time Hornsey won a cup was back in 1996 – and the second and fourth teams could also win their respective leagues this weekend.