Middlesex County League Premier Division: Hampstead chairman Nick Brown impressed with victory over Highgate

PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 May 2018

The latest news from the local cricket scene (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

The latest news from the local cricket scene (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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The Lymington Road club were struggling at one stage, but fought back well to sit at the top of the table after four games

Nick Brown praised Hampstead after they secured back-to-back wins in the Middlesex County League Premier Division with a 59-run victory at home to Highgate on Saturday.

The chairman at Lymington Road watched Liam Hughes’ team post 263-8 from their 50 overs and they backed it up with a solid bowling display to dismiss the visitors for 204.

Mubasher Hassan (34) got Hampstead off to a decent start, but they collapsed from 60-1 to 81-4 and then 119-5.

Fortunately for the hosts Matthew Watson showed great maturity batting at number five to top score with 79 and help them reach set 264 to win.

Brown said: “We’ve batted first in every game and Mubasher and George Adair have given the innings momentum every time, sadly neither of them went on this week and at 80-4 and then 119-5 we weren’t in great shape.

“But lots of credit needs to go to Matt Watson because he was terrific and he is a really inventive batter, yet we saw little of that on Saturday.

“This was a controlled, perfect innings that took us on to give our lower order the chance to deliver, which they did again.

“Chris Beaumont-Dark (40) and Scott Barlow (18*) are a really dangerous couple of guys to have coming in at the end of an innings, but we thought 263 was a good, if not a great score.”

After scoring one maximum in his 16-ball 18, Barlow impressed with the ball despite only finishing with 1-40 from eight overs.

Captain Hughes (3-35) and Will Roberts (3-18) did most of the damage, but Brown was pleased with the overall bowling effort after Highgate were all out for 204 with just Shane McNamara (52) scoring over 20 for the visitors.

Hampstead’s chairman said: “We bowled well and Highgate never got away from us which is a totally different story to last season, where it seemed every opposition were 70-0 off eight overs, and that’s got a lot to do with Scott Barlow.

“Scott’s added control at one end and our other bowlers, with a little more pace, have been able to work off this, so it’s been a sea change to 2017 and we are glad to have Scott back with us.”

The win for Hampstead, their third of the Premier Division campaign, sees them joint-top after four games along with Richmond on 31 points while Highgate are eighth with 13 points to their name.

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