North Middlesex suffer two defeats to Ealing in three days
North Middlesex will be sick of the sight of Ealing after suffering a heavy defeat against their rivals for the second time in three days.
North Midd were beaten by eight wickets in the final of the Middlesex T20 competition last Thursday, posting 92-8 and then seeing their opponents reach 95-2 from 13.4 overs to take the title.
The two sides then met again in Saturday’s Premier Division fixture in the Middlesex County League, and Ealing posted a total of 244 before skittling their hosts – who fielded a very young and inexperienced team – for 86 to win by 158 runs in Crouch End.
Ealing were invited to bat on a seam-friendly track and reached 79-1, only to suffer a mini-collapse as they lost four wickets for 13 runs.
Joel Hughes (2-39), who had already removed Derek Lane (4), prised out the other opener Ian Purdy (37), and Ed Bird (4-69) and 16-year-old Ethan Bamber (2-44) followed up with quick wickets to leave the visitors on 92-5.
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However, Chris Peploe (50) and Leigh Parry (47) put on 75 together and No 9 Chris Glasper then hit an unbeaten 31 as Ealing, aided by some poor fielding and dropped catches, recovered to make 244 before being bowled out in the 56th over.
North Middlesex struggled to build momentum and build partnerships in reply. They were in trouble from the moment Glasper (2-13) bowled teenage opener Joe Cracknell (1) and his replacement Will Vanderspar (4) – and, when Elliot Opie (4-27) removed Evan Flowers (12) and Joel Hughes (13), the home side were 36-4.
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The best pairing was the fifth-wicket stand of 28 between captain Tom Nicoll (7) and Sam Webber, who was his side’s top scorer with 20 – but North Midd were bowled out for 86 in the 26th over.