Only two wins can save our season, admits SH skipper
SOUTH Hampstead skipper Zia Sialvi is adamant his men must win both of their last two games of the season to have any chance of avoiding the drop following their collapse at Richmond. The resounding loss leaves Sialvi s men in ninth spot with just 42 poin
SOUTH Hampstead skipper Zia Sialvi is adamant his men must win both of their last two games of the season to have any chance of avoiding the drop following their collapse at Richmond.
The resounding loss leaves Sialvi's men in ninth spot with just 42 points and nine adrift of eighth-placed Enfield who bagged a crucial 10 points by beating Harrow Town on Saturday.
SH were up against it from the outset at after putting the home side in to bat, totally failing to deal with openers James Wood and Kevin Barrett.
The pair blazed their way to 197 without loss when Barrett (94) was caught by Kirt Drummond off Nasratullah MuJaddedin (2-62) just short of his century.
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Dominic Ridley (53 not out) continued the good work in partnership with Wood who reached 118 before he too was caught by Drummond off MuJaddedin at 243-2.
Jordan McLennan (6) added to the tally before the hosts declared at 281-2 in the 50th over.
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SH's slim hopes of reaching their target were dashed when opener Matt Cullen was dismissed by Neil Helmstalk (7-35) for a duck and Sialvi was trapped lbw by Steve Stacey (1-2) soon after to leave them 6-2.
SH's batsmen failed to overcome the horror start and were all out for 62 in the 23rd over. Salim Mohammed (12) was the sole batsman to reach double figures.
The disappointed Sialvia said: "The worst possible batting performance at a crucial period of the season has put us in real danger of getting relegated.
"On Saturday we lacked application and did not show any fight with the bat.
"We were outplayed in every department by Richmond. Having failed with the bat on too many occasions has been very frustrating.
"We have no choice but to go out there and give it our best in the remaining two games if we are to stay in this division.
"We must get nothing but a win against Harrow Town if we want to give ourselves any hope of avoiding relegation."
SH's last match is at Enfield, who will have high hopes of avoiding a last day showdown by beating lowly Kenton on Saturday.