Crook steals the points for Harrow

NORTH London's hope of a Division Two hat-trick of wins was scuppered by Harrow who ran out winners by six wickets at Shepherd's Cot on Saturday. The resounding defeat leaves Mark Askew's men with 47 points...

NORTH London's hope of a Division Two hat-trick of wins was scuppered by Harrow who ran out winners by six wickets at Shepherd's Cot on Saturday.

The resounding defeat leaves Mark Askew's men with 47 points, just three above ninth-placed South Hampstead (44) despite the back- to-back defeats of North Middlesex and South Hampstead in the past two weeks.

They kept their head above the parapet though, but it will be a nervy last two weekends of the season for Askew's side with Uxbridge the other side struggling to beat the drop.

NL won the toss and elected to bat, only to be totally overwhelmed by Harrow's attack, led by Darren Crook (8-71), who tore through the home side's batting.

Crook barely gave NL a look-in as he took the first six wickets with only Ian Johns (11), Askew (17) and James Battcock (25) reaching double figures.

Tom Wakeford reached 16 before being trapped lbw by James Romero (1-20) with Crook then skittling James Baker (37) and Maaz Haffeji (22).

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Harrow's chase began well with David Walker reaching 44 until he was trapped lbw by Battcock and Wazas Hussain (59) before he was caught by Askew off Haffeji's (1-62) bowling.

Luke Quinliven (22), Tushaar Karia (17not out) and Suk Bhupal (10no) continued to rebuff the attack and reached their target in the 36th over with Tom Noutch (2-20) the pick of NL's bowlers.

NL have the chance return to winning ways at promotion-chasing Southgate on Saturday, but it is their home game against Enfield on the final day of the season that could prove decisive in the survival battle.