North Middlesex determined to clinch title as well as promotion
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A single point would seal North Middlesex’s first-ever promotion to the top flight when they take on Harrow St Mary’s this weekend.
But North Midd captain Tom Nicoll is targeting all 10 to ensure that his side hold off closest challengers Brondesbury and stay on track for the Division Two title.
The Park Road club missed out on the chance to confirm their elevation to the Premier Division last Saturday, when their game against bottom side Harrow Town was abandoned due to the heavy rain.
However, every other match in the league was also washed out – meaning North Midd retained their 19-point advantage over third-placed Harrow, the only other side who could still deny them promotion.
“I played at Brondesbury for four years so, for me personally, finishing ahead of them would be quite a big thing,” said Nicoll (pictured).
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“To go into the Premier Division by winning the league will give us a lot of confidence – and I think we deserve to win it on our performances this season.
“We’ve got an exciting young team and our availability has been very consistent. In previous years we’ve found it difficult to field a regular team and if you can do that, it makes your life as captain a bit easier.
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“Sam Webber has been fantastic with both bat and ball, Ed Bird has come in and taken a lot of wickets and I’ve been lucky to have Evan Flowers and Alex Hill, who have both done the job as captain before.
“They’ve helped me a lot. Now we’re all set for Harrow St Mary’s, we’re fairly confident we can do it this time and we want to do it with all 11 of us out there rather than relying on the rain.”
It could be a big weekend for North Midd, who are also bidding to clinch the prestigious Middlesex Development League title for the first time when they take on Osterley in Sunday’s 40-over final.
The Midd progressed from a league that began in June and went on to beat Harrow and Richmond in the knockout stages to secure their place in the final, at Uxbridge CC.