Middlesex County League Premier Division: Joel Hughes impressed with North Middlesex's all-round display at Twickenham
PUBLISHED: 14:00 05 June 2018
The captain made his comeback following a back injury and saw numerous members of his starting XI produce a telling contribution
North Middlesex captain Joel Hughes was full of praise for his team after they put in a solid display to win by 60 runs at Twickenham in the Middlesex County League Premier Division on Saturday.
The visitors were made to bat first and a number of key contributions saw them reach 265 before they were dismissed in the 49th over.
Openers Liam O’Driscoll (43) and Luke Hollman (44) laid the foundations for Alex MacQueen and Will Vanderspar to take North Middlesex past 250 and it proved enough with Twickenham all out for 205.
Hughes, on his comeback from a back injury, said: “One of our priceless qualities this year is our strength in depth and not just in the team, but in the whole squad.
“I was extremely pleased to see Alex MacQueen do well and get runs. He is a good cricketer and for him to perform well with the bat was really good.
“Vanders and MacQueen both look similar and wear blue helmets so the scorecard (on play-cricket) got a bit confused, but we believe Alex got 50-odd and Vanders got around 40.”
“At the top Luke is so young, but brings a real sense of calm and Liam is the same and is an intelligent guy and a good player who reads the game well, so it is all looking really good, but it’s a shame we will lose Liam for three weeks now.
“He is working nights and is away for weddings, so that is a blow, but we have finally worked out where Vanders should be batting.
“Batting at six is perfect for him and he can manipulate the field well and is another good cricketer who reads situations.”
After an impressive display with the bat, North Middlesex made the most of a turning wicket at Twickenham.
Hughes’ team took wickets regularly with spinners Hollman (3-37) and MacQueen (1-49) making inroads before fellow spin-king Tom Nicoll produced a fine spell of 5-37 off 10 overs.
“I would argue we have possibly got the three best spinners in the league or at least three of the best,” said North Middlesex’s captain.
“We haven’t had Tom for a couple of weeks and Saturday just reminded me how good he is because he didn’t bowl a bad ball. He bowled a lot of good balls and got their two best players out, so he is a phenomenal bowler.
“All three are performing consistently and it was a helpful wicket at Twickenham which showed as they got nine wickets between them.”
North Middlesex’s victory places them third in the table with three wins from their opening five fixtures this season.