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Hassan’s half-century leads Hampstead to victory

07 June, 2018

MUBASHER Hassan hit a well-crafted half-century and took four wickets as Hampstead continued their unbeaten start to the season in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League on Saturday with a narrow victory at Finchley.

Having opted to bat first, Hampstead made a positive start with openers Jack Biddulph and Hassan putting on a partnership of 72 before Biddulph departed on 32 after being caught by Niraj Jadav off Tilan Wijesinghe’s bowling.

Bowlers Sumeet Sharma (4-39) and Brad Chemaly (3-41) started to turn the tide in Finchley’s favour, however, as they went on to claim seven wickets between them.

The duo combined to remove Hassan for 51. From there on in wickets fell at regular intervals, with Hampstead soon finding themselves on 135-7.

Scott Barlow came in at number nine, scoring 36 off 33 balls in a rapid knock that included three sixes and two fours. Even with his efforts the result was left hanging in the balance as Hampstead were bowled out for 200 in the 48th over.

With ball in hand, Hassan quickly removed openers Sumit Jadav (19) and Majed Ali (0) to leave the home side struggling on 22-2.

He then snared Brad Chemaly lbw, while Steve Clark bowled Rahul Wijeratne as Finchley found themselves on 45-4.

Niraj Jadav offered Finchley a little hope as he carved out 42 runs in testing circumstances, but with Hassan going on to record figures of 4-39 off just six overs, the hosts were skittled out for 162 to hand Hampstead a 38-run victory. The result leaves them joint top with Richmond having taken 41 points from five games.

North Middlesex are still in third place following their 60-run victory at Twickenham.

Openers Liam O’Driscoll and Luke Hollman scored 43 and 44 runs respectively, while Will Vanderspar came in at number six and top-scored with 64 as North Midd hit 265 before being bowled out in the 49th over.

Tom Nicoll played his part in making it a winning total as he took five wickets at the expense of 37 runs in a commanding 10-over spell, which ended with Twickenham being bowled out for 205, just four balls shy of their allotted 50 overs.

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