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‘Missed opportunity’ as Hampstead lose first home match of the season

Rain fails to come to the rescue in narrow defeat against Ealing in Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League

23 May, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Hampstead’s Will Roberts recorded figures of 4-30 off seven overs

A NARROW defeat in a match of fine margins proved “a missed opportunity” for Hampstead Cricket Club on Saturday in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Matt Watson’s side lost by 36 runs against Ealing in their opening home game of the ­season at their ground in Lymington Road, West Hampstead.

Australian batsmen Bailey Capel and Ryan Farrell scored 61 and 58 runs respectively as the visitors chalked up 230 all out from 49 overs after being put in to bat.

In a rain-affected reply, Hampstead could only manage 194 before the fall of their final wicket, despite the efforts of opener Jack Biddulph, who scored 78 off 89 balls.

“We’re very disappointed to lose, it was a really tight, competitive game, with both teams having periods where they were on top,” said Hampstead chairman Nick Brown.

“However, we will look on this being a missed opportunity for a big win against one of the top sides in the league.”

Fast-bowler Will Roberts did all he could to stifle Ealing’s attack. He saw off openers Oliver Wilkin (33 runs) and Chad Barrett (8), and removed number 3 batsman Chad Barrett without scoring on his way to recording figures of 4-30 off seven overs.

Reflecting on Ealing’s efforts with the bat, Brown added, “Roberts took three wickets, then the two Australians, Capel and Farrell, consolidated Ealing’s position and put them in charge. We then took four wickets in eight balls, including three in three, to bring the game right back to us at 178-7.

“In the end the difference probably came down to the 32 runs that Scott Ensom scored, helping Ealing up to 230.”

It was still a target that Hampstead would have been confident of getting close to, until, perhaps, the British summer weather showed up.

“When the game was interrupted for rain, we were ahead on the DLS (Duckworth Lewis Stern), on 130-3 with 19 overs to play. I must admit, I was hoping we wouldn’t get back on,” said Brown.

“The rain break seemed to impact us more the Ealing. Jack was out soon after the restart for 78 and, although Ben Frazer made 32, we didn’t get any other contributions and finished short.

“Ironically we were 178-7, exactly the same as Ealing, at one point, so the runs from Ensom really did make a difference.”

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