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North Middlesex hoping to secure Premier Division title with final day victory

PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 September 2019

Luke Hollman drives the ball for North Middlesex in the Middlesex County Premier Division (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Luke Hollman drives the ball for North Middlesex in the Middlesex County Premier Division (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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North Middlesex will look to secure the Middlesex League Premier Division title on Saturday when they face already relegated Harrow St Marys.

A win will be enough for the title as they currently sit eight points ahead of second place Ealing heading into the last fixture.

They ensured that their fate was in their hands with a 110-run victory over Teddington in their last game.

But captain Joel Hughes knows they cannot afford to lose focus if they are to be crowned Premier Division champions.

"We know we need to win," he said.

"It's nice to be in this position and have it in our hands.

"We go into this game pretty confident. Again, it's going to be a tough game.

"If we were going to pick a team we would pick the bottom club. They are not in great form.

"We just have to keep doing what we're doing, if we play like we can we're confident of winning.

"It's important we don't take it lightly."

Joe Cracknell opened with a score of 133 for North Middlesex against Teddington.

Luke Hollman added another 34 before James Parslow (42) and Will Vanderspar (44) also helped their side to a crucial victory.

Liam O'Driscoll added 15 not out late on to get his side up to 298-9 after the 50 overs were up.

Number three batsman Ben Trevor-Jones hit 69 for Teddington in response but good bowling performances from Hughes (3-40) and Hollman (3-47) helped keep the score to 188 all out.

Hughes says it will be massive for the club if they can secure the league title and was pleased with the win over Teddington.

He added: "It was a great performance. It was important for us to win.

"We have been playing good cricket. The way we started the game calmed any nerves.

"We have six home grown lads. It's important to have a home grown team.

"To win our first title with that setup would be really satisfying. I believe it would be our first Premier Division title win since 1875."

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