Ealing pull things back to Win a fantastic victory
By Chad Barrett
Ealing defeat Hampstead by 36 runs
Saturday morning was upon us, despite the weather forecast changing every day of the week the E men were confident that they would get a full game in and continue from where they left off last week.
With Watford participating in the FA final later on the day, Kristian had managed to convince the team it was easy to chase at Hampstead. Luckily he lost the toss and we were put in. Ealing were off to a flyer thanks to Oli Wilkin quick fire 30 but once again Ealing top order had failed leaving us 60-3. Team Australia managed to set a platform for the rest of the team with Bailey Capel and Ryan Farrel both scoring 50's. Just when you thought they were gonna kick on with 10 overs to go, they were both dismissed followed by a classical ealing collapse. Scott Ensom came to the rescue with a cameo of 37* to get the boys to a respectable 230.
Hampstead came out guns blazing making use of the the powerplay to full effect especially as the Ealing seamers were struggling to find a rhythm with the awkward slope on their run ups. Kristian Martin got the first break through dismissing the dangerous callum Jackson for 21. Both Kristian and Andrew bowled tightly with creating lots of chance which never went in our favour. Ashley Sivarajah managed to pick a couple of wickets just before it started to rain.
The E men thought the rain couldn't have come at a worse time as Hampstead were 10 runs above the Duckworth Lewis par score. Maybe it wasn't meant to be our day. The rain cleared up with Hampstead needing 100 runs with nearly half the over left to do it. The rain turned out for the best as Ashley dismissed the set batsmen straight after the break. Ealing were still chasing the game but with 2 new batsmen at the crease there was always a hope. Chad and Scott both brought back on from different ends managed to turn the game in Ealing favour picking up 5 wickets between for 40 runs. Hampstead were finally bowled out 194 and the E men took 10 points home with them.