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Put your shirt on us says North Middlesex captain

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 April 2017

A representative from sponsor Benham & Reeves with North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

A representative from sponsor Benham & Reeves with North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Nicoll targets top spot in Premier League

Evan Flowers hits out for North Middlesex on his way to a century against Hornsey (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Evan Flowers hits out for North Middlesex on his way to a century against Hornsey (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

North Middlesex are hoping to go one step further and claim the Middlesex Premier League title in 2017.

Pipped to top spot by champions Teddington last year, the Crouch End outfit began the new campaign with a 96-run friendly win over Hornsey at the weekend.

Evan Flowers retired out after hitting 102 in their 299-7 total, after Joe Cracknell had made 54 at the top of the order.

Hornsey could only manage 203-7 from their 45 overs in reply and North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll said: “It was good to get out there and we’re all fairly confident and keen to get out there.

Joe Cracknell of North Middlesex (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Joe Cracknell of North Middlesex (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

“It was about half of our main team, but still a very strong side with our squad.

“Young Joe Cracknell opened and showed a lot of maturity, keeping the ball on the floor and batting nicely.

“Evan was out overseas nine years ago and is one of our best players, but hasn’t performed his best the last couple of years.

“If he has a good year, we will be very good. We’re hoping to go one better than last year after finishing second to Teddington.

“We won 11 matches in a row, which I think was a record, before losing the very last game of the season. Hopefully we can hit the ground running this year and pick up points early. A good start is key.”

North Middlesex visit Hampstead for another friendly this weekend, before a home league opener against Finchley on May 6.

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