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Sandun Dias hit 85 for Highgate. Pic: Max Flego

Highgate hauled themselves out of the drop zone again as the weather helped them to secure a narrow victory at Enfield in Division Two of the Middlesex County League.

Jordan Gregory bowls for North London. Pic: Max Flego

North London skipper Sam Bardon is optimistic that victories in the two remaining games will give his side a good chance of promotion from Middlesex County League Division Three.

Liam O'Driscoll was the pick of North Middlesex's bowlers with three wickets, and he then hit 53 off 58 balls with the bat. Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex extended their remarkable winning run to eight matches but remain second with just two games left in the title race after leaders Teddington also came out on top.

North London CC's Bob Pedersen (right) with Middlesex's Sam Robson at Lord's

North London CC’s Bob Pedersen received the Heartbeat of the Club prize as the annual Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards were held at Lord’s.

Harry Podmore in T20 action for Middlesex

Harry Podmore says the success of his contemporaries at Middlesex this season has helped motivate him to make his mark in four-day cricket.

North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll. Pic: Max Flego

Captain Tom Nicoll admits the excitement levels are rising after North Middlesex secured a seventh straight victory in their bid to deliver the club’s first Middlesex County League title for 26 years.

Sandun Dias hit 72 from 50 balls but Highgate were defeated by league leaders Finchley. Pic: Max Flego

Highgate dropped back into the Division Two relegation zone after they failed to kill off champions-elect Finchley and were edged out by two wickets.

Liam Hughes (left) was Hampstead's top scorer with 67. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead leapt out of the relegation zone in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County League, jumping three places up the table, after a much-needed victory on Saturday.

Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins

If anyone asked you for a blueprint of how to play four-day cricket, I think you’d show them a recording of our game against Durham.

Jack Atchinson top scored with 68 for North London in their win at South Hampstead

Jack Atchinson’s first half-century of the season dug North London out of a hole as they saw off South Hampstead to rekindle their Middlesex County League Division Three promotion challenge.

Brondesbury captain Adam Wilson (second from right) gets a hug after the third of his five wickets against Barnes. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Brondesbury secured a vital victory in the promotion battle on Saturday, beating Barnes by seven wickets and leapfrogging them into second place.

George Bailey batting for Middlesex. Pic: Matt Bright

Departing Middlesex batsman George Bailey feels the team’s tenacity gives them a fighting chance of becoming county champions at the end of the season.

Sam Evison hit 78 for Hampstead against Richmond. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Struggling Hampstead avoided a defeat against title contenders Richmond, who finished just three runs short of a winning score – but they still dropped back into the relegation zone in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County League.

Middlesex's Toby Roland-Jones

Naturally we’re all gutted that we didn’t go further in the T20 – but it’s important to reflect on the campaign as a whole and see the positives of it.

North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll. Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll is urging his players to put cricket first and prioritise the club’s title bid – and he has led by example, cancelling a trip to Amsterdam this weekend.

Northamptonshire's Adam Rossington

Former Middlesex player Adam Rossington ended his old club’s hopes of NatWest T20 Blast glory as they were eliminated by Northamptonshire Steelbacks in the quarter-final.

Brondesbury's centurion Hugh Gimber, pictured batting against promotion rivals Hornsey with Chetan Patel (left) looking on. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hugh Gimber and James Overy shared a 150-run opening partnership as Brondesbury beat Acton by 80 runs and climbed back above Hornsey in the Division Two promotion race.

Hussain Shabbir top scored for North London with 85. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hussain Shabbir’s innings of 85 could not save North London from defeat to Middlesex Tamils as they slid into the bottom half of the Middlesex County League Division Three table, being overtaken by South Hampstead.

Jordan Gregory took five wickets for North London in their nail-biting win over South Hampstead

All-rounder Jordan Gregory has an additional incentive to try to steer North London into a promotion place over the coming weeks.

Middlesex's John Simpson

John Simpson has urged Middlesex to pick up where they left off in the County Championship as they resume their four-day campaign with a derby against Surrey.

Jamie Harris hit an unbeaten 30 in Hornsey's successful run chase. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hornsey batsman Chetan Patel feels his side are “back on track” after ending a three-match winless streak to regain second place in Division Two of the Middlesex County League.

Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins

We felt like we’d done enough this year to get through in the Royal London Cup – but it wasn’t to be.

Surrey's  Ben Foakes

Middlesex missed out on a place in the Royal London Cup quarter-finals after they were beaten by Surrey in a severely rain-reduced tie at Lord’s.

Hampstead's Rob Jones shared a century stand with Ollie Steele and finished unbeaten on 59. Pic: Max Flego

Tailenders Ollie Steele and Rob Jones shared a century partnership as Hampstead dug in to avoid defeat against second-placed Teddington in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County League.

Highgate captain Jake Sharland celebrates the fall of an Acton wicket. Pic: Max Flego

Last-wicket pair Will Brookes and Scott Thaxton snatched a precious victory against Acton to haul Highgate out of the Middlesex County League Division Two drop zone for the first time this season.

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