Ealing 3s travelled North West to the border of Harrow and Wealdstone in determined mood. After a focussed warm up 'you want some, we'll give it ye' was very much the order of the day. While Harrow St Mary did have a ground, they had no fans to speak of as the game commenced (although a young family did join proceedings to enjoy the early summer sunshine as the game progressed).
After having been invited to bat, Connelly smashed the first ball over the top for three. The boys were pumped. Unfortunately two quick wickets dampened the mood, leaving Ealing on 4/2. Mitchell and Connelly recovered well and laid the platform for the innings. After Connelly was unluckily run out at the non-strikers, Good then showed good application and played the conditions well. After an aggressive knock Mitchell holed out just short of his 50, leaving Hope to come in and short arm several length balls to the boundary. With power and timing, he looks a useful summer signing on a free from South Africa. Wickets then fell steadily but the Ealing tail consolidated in the remaining overs to score 198 all out from 43.3 overs; a competitive score on an early season wicket.
After an even opening 8 overs, the game looked to be heading to a tight finish. However, Irfan in his first two overs produced a pair of absolute seeds, clipping the top of off stump on both occasions. With the call to enforce 'DBS', Ealing then tied down the Harrow St Mary top order. After a tight few overs Hope was then introduced and delivered with immediate effect. Two wickets in his first over set the tone. With Good demanding the tightening of the screw, Irfan and Hope bowled well in partnership and wickets fell regularly to ensure Harrow St Mary were bowled out for 91. Both were well supported by good ground fielding and solid catching.
Overall, a strong performance and a solid start to the season. Headstone Lane is never an easy place to go, and the win sets us up ahead of a tough couple of weeks with Teddington and Richmond in wait.