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Hornsey thump reigning champions Hampstead in Premier Division

13:12 16 June 2014

Adam Rossington hit an unbeaten 70 for Hornsey. Pic: Max Flego

Adam Rossington hit an unbeaten 70 for Hornsey. Pic: Max Flego

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Hornsey jumped four places up the Premier Division table in the Middlesex County Cricket League after a stunning eight-wicket victory over reigning champions Hampstead.

Hornsey captain Michael Philipson (left) helped his side to victory with 66 not out. Pic: Max FlegoHornsey captain Michael Philipson (left) helped his side to victory with 66 not out. Pic: Max Flego

Martin Tucker took 4-46 as Hornsey skittled their visitors for 211 in Crouch End, and Middlesex’s Adam Rossington and captain Michael Philipson then shared an unbeaten 146-run partnership to secure an emphatic triumph.

The Tivoli Road outfit were lying in the relegation zone two weeks ago, but they now find themselves in the top four – nine points off the top.

Hampstead skipper Steve Clark won the toss, electing to bat, and he and fellow opener George Adair reached 41 without loss – but Hornsey suddenly took three wickets in rapid succession.

Tucker removed Clark (19) while No3 Ben Scott faced just two balls before departing for a duck, caught by Philipson off Tucker – and when Adair (21) was caught by Jack Goldberg off Ed Wharton (1-50), Hampstead were 41-3.

Martin Tucker took four wickets for Hornsey. Pic: Max FlegoMartin Tucker took four wickets for Hornsey. Pic: Max Flego

Ragheb Aga struck a six but could only make 10 before Tucker prised him out, and Philipson trapped Freddie Fairhead (9) lbw as Hampstead slumped to 70-5.

Fortunately for the visitors, Liam Hughes and Mubasher Hassan proved more resilient, and they added 67 runs together.

Hassan (32) eventually became Tucker’s fourth victim, but Hughes continued to frustrate Hornsey, adding another 43 runs alongside Rob Jones and hauling the away team to 180-6.

However, Jones (10) was stumped by Rossington after a ball from Sandeep Singh and Oli Yew then captured the vital wicket of Hughes, who was caught by Henry Howard after making 70 – easily his side’s top score.

Hornsey's Sandeep Singh celebrates taking a wicket. Pic: Max FlegoHornsey's Sandeep Singh celebrates taking a wicket. Pic: Max Flego

Charlie Cooke added 12 before being trapped in front of his wicket by Singh (2-25), and Yew (2-26) then bowled last man Chris Beaumont-Dark for a duck as Hampstead were dismissed for 211 after 53.3 overs.

Hornsey made light work of the chase, with their opening pair reaching 64 together.

That became 66-2 as Conor Goodwin-Tindall (9) was stumped by Cooke off the bowling of Mark Jones (1-46), while James Bull was snared leg before by Beaumont-Dark (1-19). However, Hornsey’s third-wicket pair secured the victory.

Philipson hit an unbeaten 66 off 88 balls – including nine fours – and Rossington just eclipsed him, striking seven fours and three sixes en route to 70 not out as the hosts reached their target in 39.3 overs.

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