Highgate return to winning ways

Hasnain Ali of Highgate pulls the ball in the Middlesex County Division Two (pic: George Phillipou/T

Hasnain Ali of Highgate pulls the ball in the Middlesex County Division Two (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo). - Credit: George Phillipou/TGS Photo

Hasnain Ali and Sachin Rawson scored forties while Ed Foster and Uzair Amjaid picked up four wickets apiece

Highgate secured a hard-fought win at Osterley in the Middlesex County Division Two on Saturday.

After back-to-back draws, the Shepherd's Cot club returned to winning ways, but only after a dogged effort with bat and ball.

The hosts' won the toss and put Highgate into bat and the visitors were soon reduced to 12-2, but opener Hasnain Ali stood firm.

The wicket-keeper top scored with 47 off 85 balls and received support from Sandum Dias (36) as well as Zahid Ali Khan (33).

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After those three were out, Sachin Rawson stepped up and hit a crucial 42 to help Highgate reach 217 before he was the last man out at the end of the 54th over.

Osterley made a positive start to their chase and were 100-2, but Ed Foster (4-58) and Syed Hasnain Shah (2-25) made inroads and then Uzair Amjaid (4-57) blew away the tail.

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It saw Highgate dismiss the hosts for 159 and they will be back at Shepherd's Cot this weekend to host Brentham looking for a second straight victory.

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