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Hampstead set the pace as rains fall

Eight-point lead at the top of the table after downpours restricted number of overs in win over Stanmore

26 May, 2017

HAMPSTEAD have opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the table after narrowly beating Stanmore on Saturday in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

With downpours restricting the number of overs, Hampstead set about trying to make every ball count after being put into bat at their home ground in Lymington Road, West Hampstead.

Garth Davson scored 62 runs off just 60 balls in a hurried knock that included eight fours and a six, with fellow opener George Adair chipped in with 27.

Sam Evison also did well to score 36 off 32 balls as Hampstead were dismissed for 178 off 28.4 overs.

With the Duckworth-Lewis method coming into play, a mathematical formulation designed to calculate the target score for the team batting second in a limited overs match interrupted by weather, Stanmore were set a target of 203 runs for victory.

Despite Steven Reingold’s efforts, which saw the opener hit 74 off 69 balls, the visitors fell just short of their target as they were dismissed for 185 after batting for the same number of overs as Hampstead.

Meanwhile North Middlesex were handed their first defeat of the season as they lost by seven wickets in their away match against rivals Teddington at Bushy Park.

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