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Hampstead and North Middlesex end season on a victorious note

Hampstead beat Southgate by five wickets at Lymington Road

07 September, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

THERE was final-day joy for both North Middlesex and Hampstead on Saturday as they ended their seasons in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League with victories.

It looked like North Midd were going to make light work of visitors Brondesbury at their Park Road ground. Early wickets for Joel Hughes and Ed Bird, combined with a sharp run-out by Adam Price, left Adam Wilson’s team struggling on 39-4. But a solid partnership between Jordan Bethel and Sam Smith, who scored 95 and 76 runs respectively, revived the fixture as Brondesbury went on to score 231-8 from their allotted 50 overs.

In reply, a score of 66 not out from Price, coming off just 57 balls and including five fours and three sixes, saw North Midd just do enough to seal a one-wicket victory. Opener Joe Cracknell and James Parslow both chipped in with knocks of 36 as the hosts reached their winning target of 232 with just 10 balls left.

It proved a more comfortable afternoon for Hampstead, who beat Southgate by five wickets at their home ground in Lymington Road, West Hampstead.  Opener Tom Edrich top-scored for the visitors with 78, while Jamie Jouning chipped in with 44 as Southgate were bowled out for 206 with the penultimate ball of their 50 overs. Andrew Hazeldine (3-49) and Liam Hughes (3-48) both put in strong bowling displays.

Opener George Adair and Sam Evison, who came in at number three, gave Hampstead the perfect platform to build upon for a final-day victory. Adair scored 68 off 84 balls, including 11 fours, while Evison scored 57 off 94 balls, hitting 10 fours along the way. Unbeaten scores of 31 from Hughes and 26 from Matthew Watson saw Hampstead ease to their victorious score of 210-5 off 45 overs.

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