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Flowers power: 77 knock inspires North Middlesex to another win

Fourth win in five games for North Middlesex, while Hampstead lose out to Teddington by just 14 runs

08 June, 2017

EVAN Flowers inspired North Middlesex to their fourth win in five games on Saturday with an unbeaten knock of 77 in their match away at Richmond in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Skipper Tom Nicoll opted to field and it paid dividends early on as two quick wickets for Joel Hughes and one for Adam Price saw Richmond languishing on 20-3 after four overs.

The hosts recovered to mount a more respectable total thanks to Adam London’s 47 runs off 79 balls, while captain Alex Griffiths added 33 off 66 balls.

But it was Bhavesh Pankhania’s late innings of 43 not out that made the away day more testing for North Midd as Richmond climbed to 189 before being dismissed in the 50th over.

Ed Bird was the pick of the North Midd bowlers as he finished with figures of 3-49 off 9.4 overs, while Tom Nicoll (2-23), Hughes (2-26) and Price (2-39) all picked up two wickets apiece.

The visitors got off to the worst possible start with openers Will Vanderspar and Joe Cracknell both quickly heading back in the changing room to leave North Midd struggling on 6-2.

But a solid partnership between James Parslow, who went on to hit 44 off 70 balls, and Flowers drove Nicoll’s side to 116 before losing their third wicket. Flowers ended up posting a well-crafted score of 77 not out off 120 balls, including seven fours and a six. Coming in at No 8, Price also batted well to add 31 runs as North Midd scored 193-7 off 46.2 overs for a three-wicket win.

• Meanwhile, Hampstead lost their second game on the spin by just 14 runs against Teddington in a high-scoring encounter played out at Lymington Road in West Hampstead.

Opting to bat first, the visitors found the boundary with great regularity as openers James Keightley and Tom Twiney hit 11 fours each in their respective knocks of 66 and 68.

Teddington had scored 137 runs before Mubasher Hassan finally made the breakthrough for the hosts, removing both wickets. He ended the day as Hampstead’s top bowler with 3-47 off 10 overs.

James Fear’s side still had plenty left in them, however, with Ben Williams adding 68 runs and Tim Armstrong scoring 32 runs as Teddington ended their 50-over spell on 329-7.

Hampstead skipper Steve Clark led by example as he did his best to chase down the target, smashing 105 off 91 balls in a mighty knock that included 10 fours and two sixes.

Sam Evison also did well to score a half century, but in the end their efforts proved in vain, just, as Hampstead scored 315-9 off their 50 overs.

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