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After washouts, Hughes reigns in North Middlesex victory

10 August, 2017

JOEL Hughes picked up a six-wicket haul as North Middlesex beat Richmond – and the weather – on Saturday in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Tom Nicoll’s side started in the field at their Park Road ground, desperate to earn a result having seen their last two fixtures washed out.

With that in mind, Hughes wasted little time getting down to business as he removed openers Ben Compton and James Irvine-Fortescue.

It left Richmond struggling on 24-3, with Adam Price claiming the wicket of Adam London for a duck in between.

Greg King and Alex Griffiths offered the visitors some stability as they put on respective knocks of 50 and 49 runs.

But Hughes soon found the perfect length again as he went on to claim six wickets at the expense of just 41 runs in an economical 18-over spell. His efforts saw Richmond bowled out in the 56th over for 175.

What seemed a somewhat routine chase was tossed up in the air by Richmond’s David Burton who tore through North Midd’s top order to remove Will Vanderspar, Rob Fahrenheim and James Parslow. With Abdullah

Nazir adding Evan Flowers’s wicket to the casualty list, the hosts soon found themselves floundering on 38-4.

Strong partnerships between Joe Cracknell (33 runs) and Charlie MacLeod (30 runs), and then MacLeod and Price, who hit 57 off 71 balls, settled the nerves as North Midd reached their winning target of 176-8 in the 45th over to secure a two-wicket victory.

Meanwhile, Hampstead lost by 43 runs in their testing trip to Teddington. Liam Hughes’s side looked to be in with a shout of taking something from the game when they dismissed the home side for 166. But runs proved hard to find as they were bowled out for just 123 in reply, despite the efforts of Jonathan Dunne who ended play on 33 not out.

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