North Midd in touch with the top
20 June, 2019 — By Steve Barnett
North Middlesex all-rounder Luke Hollman smashed an unbeaten 158 off 184 balls
NORTH Middlesex moved to within a point of top spot in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League on Saturday with a resounding 200-run victory away at Richmond.
Since losing their opening game of the season against current leaders Ealing, Joel Hughes’s side have gone on to become the league’s in-from side.
All-rounder Luke Hollman ensured North Midd’s winning streak continued at Old Deer Park when he smashed an unbeaten 158 off 184 balls in a devastating knock that included no fewer than 18 fours and two sixes.
With fellow opener Joe Cracknell (30 runs), Evan Flowers (38) and James Parslow (33) all helping to keep the score ticking along nicely, the visitors ended up declaring after 60 overs with 276-3 on the board.
Hollman also did well with the ball as he took three wickets for 14 runs. But it was teammate Ethan Bamber who really did the damage as he took 5 for 40 in 15 overs as Richmond were bowled out for just 76 runs within 30 overs.
Elsewhere, Hampstead’s erratic season continued as they suffered a six-wicket defeat at Stanmore. Electing to bat first, the fit-again Mubasher Hassan top scored with 58 as the visitors managed just 161 before losing their final wicket in the 50th over. Stanmore’s Tushaar Karia (6-41) and Rashid Mullahzada (4-43) did all the damage as they ended Hampstead’s innings between them.
Opener Talha Azam’s score of 77 and a half-century from former England and Middlesex man Mark Ramprakash saw the home side comfortably hit the winning score of 165-4.
“Our up-and-down season rolls on,” said Hampstead chairman Nick Brown. “We were disappointed to only get 161 – we were in a position to get more, not many, but maybe 30 to 40 more runs would have made a big difference. It was great to have Mubasher back in the team and he played like he had never been away, so that’s a big positive. We genuinely thought we could win the game defending 161.
“Obviously Mark Ramprakesh makes a difference, but really the innings that beat us was from the opener [Azam]. He chanced his arm and it was his day – on another day he goes early and I think we could have bowled them out around Mark, but these are all ifs and buts and the fact is that we didn’t.”