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Middlesex County League Premier Division: Highgate attempt to get back to winning ways at Brondesbury

PUBLISHED: 14:00 07 June 2018

A scoreboard before the start of play (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

A scoreboard before the start of play (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Johan de Silva looks back on Saturday’s loss to Ealing and the importance of the games coming up over next few weeks

Highgate are getting ready for a crucial period in the Middlesex County League Premier Division season.

Muz Ali’s men are ninth after their first five fixtures of 2018 and visit eighth-placed rivals Brondesbury on Saturday.

It is the start of a big run of matches in the top flight and after losing heavily at home to Ealing last weekend, Johan de Silva is expecting a response.

He said: “Saturday provides us with a great chance to refocus as we move into the timed fixtures.

“We have key games coming up against Brondesbury, Teddington, Finchley and Twickenham and we will be trying to get some positive results as we look to maintain momentum throughout the middle period of the season.”

Highgate fell to their third loss of the new campaign last weekend with Ealing showing their vast experience.

Ali won the toss and fielded first and could only watch on as the visitors hit 279 thanks to Joel Garrett’s superb 166.

It was a stunning innings from Ealing’s opener and laid the foundations for a big win as Highgate toiled away in the field and only Uzair Amjaid (3-24) and Misem Zaidi (4-53) really had anything to show for their bowling efforts.

With 280 needed to win, the Shepherd’s Cot club made the worst possible start and were reduced to 36-6, but number eight Craig Gourlay helped them pass fifty with a score of 36, yet they were eventually all out for 92.

Highgate’s de Silva said: “It was a disappointing day for the first-team on Saturday as we suffered a heavy defeat to a strong Ealing side.

“After winning the toss, we invited our visitors to bat first and the first six overs were a tale of two ends with one of their openers on three from 24 balls and the other on 60 from 24 balls!

“That man Joel Garrett was the difference between the two teams with a sparkling 166 from just 89 balls.

“I’d like to thank our match day sponsor Centuno from Highgate. Everyone at the club really appreciates their support and you can check them out by visiting centuno.co.uk or by emailing james@dimt.co.uk.”

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