It seems to be that time of the season when counties are trying to take some pressure off their main venues, and that gives us the chance to play at a few outgrounds.

Craig Gourlay hit 75 not out for Highgate as they triumphed against Harrow Town

Craig Gourlay smashed an unbeaten 75 from just 32 balls to complete a thrilling run-chase as Highgate beat Harrow Town to stretch their lead at the top of the table.

Rob Nelson (centre) took 4-19 as Brondesbury completed their victory by bowling Eastcote out for 150. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Brondesbury continued their revival by fighting their way out of a hole to overcome league leaders Eastcote on their own patch and record a second successive victory.

Vishal Bhimjiyani struck an unbeaten half-century for South Hampstead. Pic: Max Flego

Title contenders South Hampstead were frustrated in their quest for victory and had to settle for a winning draw for the second weekend in a row – this time against basement boys North London.

Opening batsman George Adair struck 88 in Hampstead's successful run chase. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead rose to second place in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League after putting in their “most complete performance of the season” to beat Twickenham at home on Saturday.

Australian captain Michael Clarke with pupils at St Edward’s RC Primary School in Westminster. Pic: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Australia captain Michael Clarke took time out of his Ashes preparations to share his expertise with children from St Edward’s Catholic Primary School in Westminster.

Middlesex's Steven Finn took four wickets against Essex

Steven Finn starred with another impressive bowling display to secure a resounding derby victory for Middlesex against London rivals Surrey at Lord’s.

North Middlesex's triumphant Under-15s

North Middlesex’s Under-15s are just one win away from a place in the national finals of the ECB National T20 Cup after overcoming Bishop’s Stortford.

John Simpson batting for Middlesex in the NatWest T20 Blast. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

John Simpson believes Middlesex finally have the resources to challenge for one-day honours as they prepare to launch their 50-over campaign this weekend.

Jack Peck bats for Highgate. Pic: Max Flego

Highgate’s hopes of extending their advantage at the top were dashed as Winchmore Hill’s seventh-wicket pair hung on to force a winning draw.

Hugh Gimber was the top scorer in the match, hitting 48 for Brondesbury. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Brondesbury captain Adam Wilson hopes Saturday’s victory over Harrow St Mary’s will be “the start of something special” after they halted their losing run with a victory over Harrow St Mary’s in Division Two of the Middlesex County League.

Nick Compton

The next few weeks are all about the 50-over Cup and it could be interesting to see what impact the international game has on the domestic competition.

Shrutarth Rajani hit a half-century for South Hampstead. Pic: Paolo Minoli

South Hampstead endured a frustrating afternoon as they were denied a fourth successive victory by Bessborough’s tail end – but they still closed the gap on leaders Highgate in the Division Three title race.

Sean Solia took five wickets for Hornsey

Sean Solia recorded his best bowling figures of the season as Hornsey ended their winless run, beating Acton to go sixth in the table.

Bex Hay took 1-4 for Hampstead. Pic: Max Flego

Jayde Ellis-Pavlou took a wicket and hit the winning runs on her debut as Hampstead climbed to within 11 points of top spot with a convincing victory over Hemel Hempstead in Division A of the North London Women’s Cricket League.

North Middlesex celebrate a wicket from Joel Hughes (centre). Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex have reached their highest ever position in the Premier Division, leaping up to second place and lying just 10 points off the top after a two-wicket victory over Finchley in Crouch End.

Jonny Dunne hit 30 at No 6 as Hampstead narrowly overcame Indian Gymkhana. Pic: Max Flego

The chairman of Hampstead’s playing committee, Nick Brown, admits the men’s first team “dodged a bullet” in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County League on Saturday.

Middlesex's Steven Finn bowling in the County Championship. Pic: PA

Middlesex seamer Steven Finn says he is “in a very happy place” after taking four-wicket hauls in successive matches for the Lord’s side.

North London's Rosh Tennakoon took 3-17, including the vital last wicket in a close finish. Pic: Max Flego

Jack Atchinson admitted his North London side came through Sir Alex Ferguson’s equivalent of ‘squeaky bum time’ in their crucial victory over Bessborough in Division Three of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

James Franklin

It was really disappointing to lose an entire day to rain at Old Merchant Taylor’s, but at least we managed to give the spectators an entertaining finish.

Brondesbury's Sam Smith hit 49 off 40 balls. Pic: Paolo Minoli

A 92-run partnership between Will Russell and Buddy Mason was not enough to save Brondesbury from a third successive defeat in Division Two of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Highgate's Chris Arul top scored with 77 as they beat Harrow by six wickets

Chris Arul blazed a quickfire half-century to cement Highgate’s place at the top of the Division Three table with a six-wicket victory over Harrow.

Teenager Ethan Bamber took 5-41 for North Middlesex. Pic: Max Flego

Sixteen-year-old Ethan Bamber took five wickets for North Middlesex but the visitors had to settle for a winning draw against reigning champions Teddington in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

George Adair struck 73 for Hampstead against Ealing. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead denied second-placed Ealing victory in a high-quality encounter in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Keith Piper struck 89 for South Hampstead in their home win over Kenton. Pic: Max Flego

Keith Piper’s best score for South Hampstead secured a third successive victory for the Milverton Road club as they stayed hot on the heels of leaders Highgate in Division Three of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

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