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North Middlesex are still waiting for first win after defeat to Brondesbury

16:35 23 June 2014

Michael Clements top-scored for North Middlesex with a knock of 30. Pic: Max Flego

Michael Clements top-scored for North Middlesex with a knock of 30. Pic: Max Flego

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North Middlesex continue to wait for their first win of the season and remain rooted to the bottom of the table after a 146-run defeat at Park Road.

Brondesbury were able to declare on 259-6 and, although North Midd initially reached 89-1 in reply, they collapsed to 113 all out after 33.5 overs.

North Midd captain Tom Nicoll lost the toss for the sixth time in seven games and was asked to field.

The visitors lost Hugh Gimber (7) after a fine delivery from paceman Joel Hughes (1-35) but Will Vanderspar survived a chance on 30, which was costly.

Vanderspar and opener James Overy added 109 together before Overy (34) was bowled by Ed Bird (1-38), and Simon Butler (14) and Chris Blake then supported Vanderspar as Brondesbury reached 192-3.

That suddenly became 202-5 as teenage spinner Connor Nurse (3-53) made inroads for North Midd with his second and third consecutive wickets, having Blake (23) and Sam Smith (2) caught by Evan Flowers and Alex Hill respectively.

But Tommy Ricketts and Vanderspar made 34 together before Vanderspar was finally prised out for 116, caught by Hughes off Mahruf Chowdhury (1-67).

Ricketts went on to make 31, and Rob Nelson (5 not out) and Tom Kopelman (4no) added some late runs before Brondesbury declared at 259-6 after 61 overs.

North Midd’s reply began in encouraging fashion as a new opening partnership of Nurse and Michael Clements reached 49 without loss. And, although Clements departed for 30, Nurse and Evan Flowers took the score to 89-1.

But Brondesbur’s Nelson (5-23) and Smith (3-17) then came to the fore, and it was soon 89-4.

Nurse (27) departed leg before to Smith and Flowers (23) was stumped off Nelson, who then removed John Mills for a duck.

Tom Nicoll (8) became Nelson’s third successive victim, and the collapse continued as Will Nicoll (1) was trapped lbw by Smith and Nick Brand was run out for a duck.

The visitors were on the ropes at 107-7 and it was 107-8 moments later as Chowdhury (8) was caught by Butler off the bowling of Nelson.

Joe Hewton (0) was then caught behind off Smith (3-17) before Nelson (5-23) completed the victory, and his five-for, by removing last man Joel Hughes (6).

Tom Nicoll reflected: “Joel produced another top spell and has been our outstanding bowler so far.

“Our innings started well, and the new opening partnership is hopefully one which will settle down. We clearly need to show more composure in our batting, but I’m confident it will come good soon.”

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