North Middlesex hoping for league and T20 Cup success

Luke Hollman of North Middlesex celebrates taking a wicket in the Middlesex County Premier Division

Luke Hollman of North Middlesex celebrates taking a wicket in the Middlesex County Premier Division (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo). - Credit: George Phillipou/TGS Photo

Joel Hughes wants his squad to continue performing to a high level during a busy weekend for the Park Road club

North Middlesex captain Joel Hughes says his players are relishing the pressure and eager to keep producing good performances with bat and ball.

Last weekend, the Middlesex County Premier Division pace-setters earned five points in a winning-draw at Teddington.

It has kept them first in the table ahead of Saturday when they will entertain Harrow St Marys at Park Road.

After that league clash, the title hopefuls will attempt to win their first silverware of the season in the Middlesex T20 Cup.

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Captain Hughes said: "We are in a nice position at the moment where every game we are involved in seems to feel like a final and there appears to be pressure, but at close to halfway we do have a sniff at winning the league.

"We just need to keep up the intensity and maintain the things we are doing well and treat every game with the respect it needs."

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North Middlesex's lead at the summit is four points and they are nine better off than Teddington who they faced at the weekend.

Hughes won the toss, batted first and saw Joe Cracknell (93) and Evan Flowers (80) put on 166 for the third wicket.

It enabled North Middlesex to reach 289 before they were dismissed and in reply they had Teddington eight down, but the hosts finished on 231.

Luke Hollman showed his class again, this time with the ball to pick up 2-51 and Tom Nicoll claimed 2-40.

It continues the strong form shown by North Middlesex all year and they will aim to get their hands on silverware on Sunday at Stanmore.

Hughes' team will take part in the Middlesex T20 Cup and if they can beat Richmond in their semi-final, they will face either Stanmore or Finchley in the final later that day.

Last year, North Middlesex finished runners-up, but they want to get their hands back on a trophy they have won on a number of occasions.

"We were finalists last year and we won the previous two editions, so we have done pretty well in this tournament historically," Hughes said.

"This time last year we had a very thin side going into the final and pleasingly we have a pretty strong team for Sunday, so there is no reason why we can't go and win it given the form we are in."

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