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Big-hitters are in form as the top two draw

18 July, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

THERE is now just one point separating the top two in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League after leaders Ealing and chasers North Middlesex shared the points on Saturday.

Middle-order batsman Robbie Connelly came in at number seven to score a much-needed 58 for Ealing at North Midd’s Park Road ground. North Midd skipper Joel Hughes took six wickets at the expense of just 29 runs as the visitors were bowled out for 222 in the 65th over.

In reply, Evan Flowers continued his big-hitting form with the bat as he scored 72, while an unbeaten 85 from James Parslow left North Midd on the brink of victory. In the end they finished just short, however, as they ended play on 199-8 off 56 overs to reduce Ealing’s lead at the top by two points.

Meanwhile, Ben Frazer scored a century to help earn Hampstead a 41-run victory against Harrow St Mary’s. Frazer’s knock of 112 off 130 balls, which included 10 fours and seven sixes, saw Hampstead score 209 at their home ground in Lymington Road before being bowled out in the 60th over.

Ajit Sambhi made sure that was a winning score as he took 7-57 as Harrow were bowled out for 168.

Hampstead chairman Nick Brown said: “This was a great win. It’s testament to the quality of the Middlesex League that a team with an opening bowling attack that has two players of the professional pedigree of Ravi Patel and Tom Barber are struggling.”


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