North Middlesex lose top spot
11 July, 2019 — By Steve Barnett
NORTH Middlesex are gearing up for arguably the biggest game of their season so far on Saturday when they host Ealing at Park Road.
Despite increasing their unbeaten run to eight matches with a draw against Harrow St Mary’s on Saturday, North Midd were edged off of top spot in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League by Ealing.
Evan Flowers showed great shot selection against Harrow as he scored 101 runs off 159 balls in a knock that included five fours and four sixes. Tom Nicoll also batted well to score an unbeaten 67, while Luke Hollman (39 runs) and James Parslow (40) both chipped in to help the home side record 282-3 off 58 overs.
Harrow have struggled to get more than 200 runs this season, so North Midd would have been confident of picking up their seventh win in eight games, especially after Hollman put in another devastating display with the ball to collect five wickets for 86 runs.
But Ravi Patel came in at number six to help steady the ship for the visitors with a score of 75, which, added to Khawar Kazmi’s earlier knock of 66, saw Harrow end their 62-over innings on 256-8 to earn a hard-fought share of the spoils.
North Midd were rewarded for their efforts with five points, leaving them three points behind Ealing who took over at the summit after surviving a scare against Finchley to win by just 10 runs, and add 12 points for their overall tally.
Meanwhile, Hampstead picked up a much-needed victory after beating Teddington by seven wickets at Lymington Road.
Rich Banham (3-48) and Ben Frazer (3-26) collected three wickets each, while Will Graham (2-30) also picked up a couple as Teddington were bowled out for 151 in the 51st over.
Callum Jackson made light work of the chase as he hit an unbeaten 87 off 102 balls to guide Hampstead to a winning score of 155-3.