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Davson’s five proves key

06 July, 2017

GARTH D­avson collected a five-wicket haul as Hampstead secured a six-wicket victory away at Southgate on Saturday in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Skipper Liam Hughes won the toss and chose to field, a decision that reaped early rewards as Steve Clark dismissed openers Alvin Durgacharan and Keaton Critchell in quick succession to leave the home side struggling on 17-2.

Michael Stevens and Tom Edrich offered a little more resistance as they took Southgate beyond 70 runs before the fall of the next wicket. But the end of their partnership was the beginning of Davson’s telling contribution as he bowled out both players on his way to claiming five wickets at the expense of just 37 runs off 19 overs.

Hughes (3-14) also played his part in the victory as Southgate were dismissed in the 61st over for 145.

The winning target started to look quite a way off when Hampstead openers Oliver Redwood and Davson departed as quickly as they arrived to leave the visitors sitting on 18-2.

But Ollie Steele, who scored 44 off 98 balls, and Clark, 43 off 76, quickly set about calming any nerves as they took the boys from Lymington Road, West Hampstead, past the 100 mark.

Hughes and Matthew Watson both ended the afternoon on 22 not out as Hampstead reached their winning score of 146-4 in the 43rd over.

Meanwhile Brondesbury captain Adam Wilson sensationally claimed all 10 wickets as his side recorded a six-wicket victory over North Middlesex on Saturday.

Wilson ended his 21-over spell boasting figures of 10-67 as North Midd were dismissed for 159 in the 41st over.

Finn Allen top-scored with 59 as Brondesbury reached their target within 43 overs, ending play on 161-4.

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