Frustration as North Middlesex are held to draw again
25 July, 2019 — By Steve Barnett
NORTH Middlesex recorded their fourth draw on the spin on Saturday, despite Luke Hollman and Ollie Tikare putting on a stand of more than 200 runs away at Finchley in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.
Opener Hollman (right) was again outstanding as he scored 127 off 151 balls in a knock that included 12 fours and four sixes, while Tikare, who came in at number three for the absent Evan Flowers, was just as ruthless with his shot selection as he hit an unbeaten 109. Their efforts saw North Midd post what looked like a winning score of 293-3 before declaring after 51 overs.
Finchley, however, put in a dogged display with the bat to frustrate their visitors. And no one typified their efforts more than skipper Hassan Khan, coming in at number eight to score an unbeaten half-century.
North Midd captain Joel Hughes did his best to get his team over the finishing line as he took three wickets for 33 runs, while Hollman (1-19), Ed Bird (1-28), Tom Nicoll (1-23) and Max Harris (1-60) all picked up a wicket each.
Finchley still managed to frustrate until the very end, winding up on 180-8 to take a share of the spoils, while North Midd got the five points they needed to draw level on points with table-toppers Ealing.
Ealing also dropped points after narrowly avoiding defeat against Hampstead.
Sam Evison and Ben Frazer hit respective scores of 67 and 51 as Hampstead posted 232-6 from 57 overs.
Frazer (4-50) and Ajit Sambhi (4-62) did their best to make it a winning total as they took four wickets each, but Ealing showed their title credentials by hanging on to their final wicket to ensure they didn’t finish the afternoon pointless – ending on 197-9.
“Ironically, in spite of only getting a losing draw, this may well be our best all-round performance of the season,” said Brown.
“It was a terrific advert for the Middlesex league, a high-quality game played by two really good sides. It’s a shame that we weren’t able to win the game.”