North Middlesex face final day drama in bid for title

Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League goes down to the wire

Thursday, 2nd September 2021 — By Steve Barnett

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NORTH Middlesex’s hopes of being crowned Premier Division champions are hanging by a thread after they were undone at home by Teddington on Saturday.

Joel Hughes’s side slipped to a seven-wicket defeat at their Park Road ground, which, combined with Crouch End beating Richmond, saw them drop from top to third in the Middlesex County Cricket League with just one game to go.

It means that this Saturday North Midd not only have to win away to Ealing, but they must also hope that Crouch End and Teddington both lose at home in their respective matches against Twickenham and Richmond.

North Midd were far from their best as they were skittled out for 140 runs against Teddington. Alex MacQueen, in at number seven, top-scored for the hosts with 38 off 85 balls.

Teddington lost just three wickets in chasing down the total, easing to 144-3 in the 37th over.

Meanwhile, Andy Collier picked up a six-wicket haul as Hampstead beat Ealing in their penultimate match of the season. Collier took his six scalps at the expense of just 25 runs as Ealing were bowled out for 115 at Lymington Road in West Hampstead.

In a short reply, George Adair hit 33, while Rob Keen hit an unbeaten 30 as Hampstead reached 118-3 inside 27 overs to seal a seven-wicket win.

Callum Jackson’s side are away to Brondesbury in their final game of the season this Saturday.

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