Middlesex League Premier Division: North Middlesex suffer first defeat of campaign
PUBLISHED: 13:30 23 May 2017
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Stand-in captain Joel Hughes reflects on loss at Teddington and need to bounce back this weekend
North Middlesex’s stand-in captain Joel Hughes was disappointed with Saturday’s Middlesex League Premier Division loss at Teddington.
The two clubs did battle at Bushy Park and Hughes won the toss and decided to bat first, but it proved a bad decision.
North Middlesex, without skipper Tom Nicholl, were dismissed for 77 and the hosts Teddington chased it down with seven wickets in hand.
Hughes said: “The deck looked soft, but we won the toss and elected to bat – hoping to post something competitive and put the pressure on a side low in confidence after failing to chase 163 at Finchley last week.
“Things started pretty badly as Crackers (Joe Cracknell) lost his off stump in the second over.
“The Teddington bowlers bowled very tightly and with skill on a helpful wicket. They gave us nothing and picked up regular wickets with some good balls and some poor shots along the way.
“A couple of boundaries from the lower order meant we struggled our way up to a meagre 77, which wasn’t a huge amount short of a competitive total – maybe only 30 or 40 runs.
“It wasn’t much but it was something and after Teddington’s loss last week and the low scoring game we won there last year, we had some hope.”
Will Vanderspar top scored for North Middlesex with 18, but when he was run-out it sparked a collapse.
Only James Parslow (12) and Adam Price (13) managed to reach double figures, as Teddington were set 78 to win.
Hughes added: “Things started tightly in their chase and Vanderspar continued his fine run of form with the ball this year, as he made the first break through.
“I then trapped the other opener in-front and when Ravi Patel induced a leading edge from the number three, we had a sniff at 35-3.
“A very close lbw shout against their overseas Tim Armstrong was turned down and a couple of catches went down that might have got the lower order twitching, but a 43-run partnership for the fourth wicket saw them home pretty comfortably.”
Vanderspar recorded impressive figures of 1-16 off 10 overs and Hughes claimed 1-9 from his seven overs, but it wasn’t enough.
North Middlesex are fifth in the table after two wins and a defeat from their opening three games of the campaign.
This weekend they host sixth-placed Shephards Bush looking to respond and get back to winning ways.
“Saturday was a bad day at the office,” said Hughes. “We need more runs and we have a great opportunity to put that right when we host Shepherds Bush.”