Cracknell and Dunne hit winning knocks on opening day
11 May, 2017 — By Steve Barnett
THERE were opening day wins for North Middlesex and Hampstead on Saturday in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.
Opener Joe Cracknell hit 46 off just 36 balls, including eight fours, and Charlie MacLeod chipped in with a more patient 36 off 78 as North Midd started out with a home victory over Finchley.
Adam Holmes and Adam Price scored 21 and 28 runs respectively, while tailenders Joel Hughes (22 runs) and Ed Bird (11) also hit what proved valuable knocks as the hosts were dismissed for exactly 200 off 48.5 overs.
A solid all-round bowling display ensured Finchley were all out for 142 off 44.4 overs in reply. Price led the bowling attack as he claimed three wickets at the expense of just 45 runs, while Hughes (2-32) and Connor Nurse (2-11) ended the afternoon with two wickets a piece as North Midd won by 58 runs.
Meanwhile a stand of 84 not out by Jonathan Dunne saw Hampstead record a hard fought victory against Shepherds Bush at their home ground in Lymington Road, West Hampstead.
Having been put into bat, scores of 81 from Tom Pigott and 72 from Ben Davies saw Shepherds Bush amass 264-6 from their 50 overs. Ben Williams did his best to slow the run flow as he took 3-62 off his 10-over spell.
It looked like it was going to be a long afternoon for Hampstead when George Adair came and went without scoring, while fellow opener, Garth Davson, only managed 26 runs before being bowled by Ed Morse.
Liam Hughes steadied the ship as he scored 45 off 66 balls. But it was Dunne’s big knock that really saved the day as he scored 84 off 75 balls, including six fours and five sixes, as Hampstead recovered to win in the final over with a score of 265-6 off 49.3 overs.