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Paul Stirling hit a swashbuckling 90 and James Franklin took five wickets as Middlesex crushed Kent by 115 runs for their first Twenty20 win of the season.

Nick Gubbins, Middlesex. Pic: Matt Bright Photography

After cycling around the Olympic Park Velodrome last winter, Nick Gubbins is focused on a different kind of white-knuckle ride at Middlesex.

Old Cholmeleians line up alongside their Lords Taverners opponents

Highgate School hosted a 30-over match between their old boys, Old Cholmeleians, and the celebrity Lord’s Taverners team as part of the school’s 450-year celebrations.

Kirk Drummond took four wickets for South Hampstead. Pic: Max Flego

South Hampstead continued their winning start to the season with a commanding seven-wicket victory away against North London, who remain winless with just one point on the board in Division Three of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Highgate's Craig Gourlay (left) took 5-23 and then hit an unbeaten 42. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Craig Gourlay’s all-round display maintained Highgate’s maximum record this season as they beat Harrow Town by four wickets to stay top of the Division Three table in the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Hornsey's Chetan Patel was frustrated by Brentham's negative tactics. Pic: Max Flego

Sean Solia equalled the highest score by a Hornsey batsman in league history – but his side were left frustrated as Brentham ground out a draw in Division Two of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Brondesbury captain Adam Wilson, who took 5-60, was pleased with his side's performance in the field but says the batting must improve. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Brondesbury captain Adam Wilson was frustrated by two crucial umpiring decisions as Eastcote gained a controversial winning draw off the final ball of Saturday’s Division Two match in the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Ed Bird took 6-47 in North Middlesex's victory over Southgate. Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex are soaring in second place in the top flight of the Middlesex County Cricket League after Ed Bird’s six-wicket haul against Southgate helped to maintain their perfect record.

Hampstead's Liam Hughes hit a rapid half-century with the bat and then took 4-37 with the ball. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead are building momentum in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League after their second successive victory.

Joe Burns in action for Leicestershire. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Justin Langer, Chris Rogers and more recently Adam Voges… there are some distinguished footsteps for Middlesex’s latest Australian import Joe Burns to try and follow.

Freddie Fairhead hit 30 with the bat and then took 3-38 with the ball. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead recovered from their opening-day defeat against Ealing by triumphing by 33 runs away at Indian Gymkhana in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Sam Smith took 5-38 for Brondesbury. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Sam Smith demolished Harrow St Mary’s’ top order in a devastating five-wicket bowling display as Brondesbury earned their first win of the season in Division Two of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Leroy Shepherd hit an unbeaten 88 for South Hampstead. Pic: Max Flego

Leroy Shepherd plundered an unbeaten 88 off 81 balls as South Hampstead romped to a home win over Bessborough in Division Three of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Will Brookes hit an unbeaten 58 in Highgate's win over Winchmore Hill. Pic: Max Flego

Will Brookes hit his maiden first-team half-century to set up Highgate’s 75-run victory over the former league champions Winchmore Hill in Division Three of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

North Middlesex's Adam Holmes (above) shared a crucial 83-run partnership with Joe Hewton. Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll admits his side were not at their best in Saturday’s three-wicket victory at Finchley, but he says there is a growing sense of confidence as the club continued their perfect start to the season in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Ed Wharton hit an unbeaten 53 for Hornsey against Acton. Pic: Max Flego

Stubborn resistance from the Acton tail denied Hornsey their second win of the season as they had to settle for a four-point draw in Division Two of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Captain Steve Clark hit 40 for Hampstead but his side was defeated. Pic: Max Flego

Hampstead came up short in their attempt to chase down a target of 256 against Ealing on Saturday, falling to a 32-run home defeat at Lymington Road in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Hornsey's Sean Solia (centre) of Hornsey takes the wicket of Wembley's Sneh Shah at Tivoli Road in Crouch End. Pic: Max Flego

Hornsey’s new overseas player Sean Solia starred with both bat and ball on his debut as the Crouch End club beat Wembley by 48 runs in Division Two of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

South Hampstead's Nish Patel (left) struck 118 and shared a 141-run partnership with Leroy Shepherd (right). Pic: Paolo Minoli

Nish Patel struck a century and shared a 141-run partnership with Leroy Shepherd as South Hampstead triumphed away at Kenton in their first Division Three fixture in the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Will Russell (left) hit 39 but he was one of only two Brondesbury batsmen to reach double figures. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Brondesbury picked up where they left off last season – struggling with the bat – as they started their campaign with a low-scoring defeat to Shepherd’s Bush in Division Two of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

North Middlesex's Joel Hughes (right) took four wickets in the victory over Teddington. Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex made a strong statement on the opening day of the season, securing a notable 113-run home win over reigning champions Teddington in the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Captain Jack Atchinson was North London's top scorer. Pic: Max Flego

Nitin Modha’s six-wicket haul proved fatal for North London as they slid to a three-wicket defeat in their low-scoring encounter with Bessborough in Division Three of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Scott Thaxton took five quick wickets for Highgate. Pic: Max Flego

A five-wicket burst from Scott Thaxton got Highgate’s campaign off to a winning start in Division Three of the Middlesex County Cricket League as hosts Harrow folded for 103.

Hampstead captain Steve Clark. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead captain Steve Clark says the change to the Premier Division format “couldn’t have come soon enough” – and he is pleased to be facing perennial title challengers Ealing in the opening game.

Brondesbury captain Adam Wilson. Pic: Paolo Minoli

New captain Adam Wilson is hoping to see improved batting displays this season as yo-yo club Brondesbury bid to bounce straight back into the top flight of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

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