Teddington Cricket Club skipper James Wade has challenged his men to secure four wins from their final games to sign off his stint as captain in style, writes Will Kelleher.
Wade’s men sealed a vital six-wicket win over reigning Premier Division champions Ealing last weekend, after Nicholas Ellsmore (4-20) and Duncan Wood (4-33) dismissed the visitors for just 83 to
set-up the victory.
Teddington have finished second to the perennial title-holders for the past four season but now seem destined to be runners-up to Winchmore Hill this time around.
The Bushy Park outfit, who go to Stanmore tomorrow, are 22 points adrift of the league leaders and Wade admitted they were relying on their rivals slipping up having bemoaned a mid-season
sticky patch that saw them struggle to triumph.
But that would not stop his men from trying to round off their campaign on a winning note.
"We now need to win all of our last four games and hope results go our way. I’d say we have about a 50-1 shot of winning the league,” said the captain, who stands down at the end of the
“It’s been an OK season. We have been a victim of our own success really after some good cup runs. To play 30 games in season is tough and it is hard to be consistent.
“We’ve got a good young squad with lots of 23 and 24-year-olds and we’re hoping to give a chance to a few younger players next season too.”
In Division Two, Dain Moreton’s took three wickets for 79 in Richmond’s six-wicket win at Harrow that kept the pressure on league leaders Twickenham.
Having been set a target of 244 to win, Moreton’s knock of 49, plus runs from James Wood (83) and Kevin Barrett (69), guided Richmond home.
Twickenham won by eight wickets at Brentham with skipper Carlos Nunes hitting 108* and Clint McCabe 62*.
On Sunday Twickenham’s U21 development cricket team celebrated a runaway triumph in the final of the Middlesex Cricket Board Development League Trophy.
Fast bowler Fawad Mullahzadah tore into the Richmond batsmen taking 3-30 and helping restrict them to 150 off 40 overs.
In reply, Twickenham cruised to 153 off 24.4 overs with Clint McCabe starring on 63 not out.
There was good news for Richmond’s first team as Dain Moreton guided them to the final of the Middlesex County Knockout Trophy.
The all-rounder hit 64 off 64 balls in the semi-final clash at Old Deer Park against Birbeck College on Sunday where, with support from Alex Griffiths (45) and Nick Alexander (42), Richmond set a
target of 242.
Birbeck College struggled to 154 all out off 35 overs, thanks mainly to the destructive bowling of Jack Porter who took 4-16.
The final, against Hampstead, takes place on September 9.
Richmond host Shepherds Bush, and Teddington travel to Stanmore, on Saturday, while Twickenham host Wembley.