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Highgate captain Jake Sharland

Highgate captain Jake Sharland wants his side to forget about results and focus on enjoying the game as they attempt to turn their season around.

North Middlesex's Connor Nurse took 4-20 against league leaders Ealing but was less successful when he opened the batting, being bowled first ball. Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex find themselves just one point above the relegation zone in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County League after their latest failure with the bat resulted in a defeat against leaders Ealing.

Henry Collier claimed his second five-for of the season but Hampstead were unable to take Twickenham's  final wicket. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Chairman Nick Brown was pleased with Hampstead’s latest performance, but he feels 25 points have been dropped in games that should have been won after they were held to another draw in the Premier Division.

Middlesex's Dawid Malan

Skipper Dawid Malan struck an unbeaten half-century to lead Middlesex to a thrilling victory over Somerset in a rain-reduced T20 clash at Lord’s.

Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins

It’s a shame Chris Gayle won’t be coming to Lord’s when we take on Somerset – in a way it would have been fun to play against him.

George Bailey batting for Australia

Middlesex coach Richard Scott is predicting a “seamless transition” when George Bailey replaces Brendon McCullum as the club’s overseas player next week.

South Hampstead captain Leroy Shepherd. Pic: Paolo Minoli

South Hampstead captain Leroy Shepherd feels his side need to avoid complacency and lapses of concentration at the crease if they are to bring their away form into line with their perfect home record.

Paul Weekes hit an unbeaten half-century as Hornsey beat Barnes by seven wickets

Skipper Paul Weekes led from the front again as Hornsey triumphed against Barnes to set up a top-of-the-table clash with Finchley this weekend.

Joel Hughes took 7-62 for North Middlesex in a match that went down to the last ball. Pic: Max Flego

Joel Hughes took seven wickets for North Middlesex in a thrilling draw in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County League, with both teams going into the final over with a shot at victory.

Jordan Gregory took four wickets for North London in their win at Kenton

North London returned to the scene of last year’s great escape – and triumphed again to climb into the top half of the Middlesex County League Division Three table.

Brondesbury captain Adam Wilson took 5-15 but ended up on the losing side. Pic: Paolo Minoli

It was a good day for the bowlers and a brutal match for the batsmen at Brondesbury’s Harman Drive ground – and in the end the hosts suffered a second successive defeat in Division Two of the Middlesex County League.

Hampstead's Archie Fellowes watches as Tushaar Karia's shot is caught by Sam Evison, resulting in his fifth wicket. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead were unable to ram home their advantage and secure their third win of the season on Saturday, and their draw against Stanmore meant they slid back into the bottom two in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County League.

Mitch McClenaghan (left) celebrates the wicket of Essex's Callum Taylor with team-mates Dawid Malan and John Simpson (right). Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

It is unlikely anyone in the Middlesex camp will be getting caught up in a wave of unbridled optimism over their T20 prospects just yet.

Bowler David Schout (left) is surrounded by North London team-mates after taking the wicket of South Hampstead's Jerus Reemaul

A warm-up session with Test batsmen at Lord’s helped to inspire Jordan Gregory as he spun North London to a nail-biting victory over South Hampstead.

Will Prest was Hornsey's top scorer with 60 as they went down by two wickets at Acton

Hornsey were knocked off the top of Division Two after they suffered their first defeat of the season in a tense climax at Acton.

Archie Fellowes came in at No8 and hit 38 for Hampstead. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead overcame a nervous start at Southgate to secure their second victory of the season in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County League – and chairman Nick Brown says the result has “transformed the mood”.

Connor Nurse hit an unbeaten 29 to take North Middlesex over 200 in his first appearance of the season. Pic: Max Flego

Captain Tom Nicoll was left ruing “an all-too familiar top-order collapse” as North Middlesex lost for the fourth time in their opening six league games.

Paul Stirling in four-day action for Middlesex. Pic: Nick Wood/TGS Photo

A few years ago Paul Stirling seemed to be the archetypal Twenty20 batsman – hard-hitting, fast-scoring and rarely spending much time at the crease.

Glenn Phillips hits out for Brondesbury. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Glenn Phillips hit two centuries on consecutive days as Brondesbury secured their eighth and ninth successive victories in all competitions at the weekend.

Joel Hughes took 5-16 against Southgate after notching 30 as an opening batsman. Pic: Max Flego

Captain Tom Nicoll hopes Joel Hughes can become a consistent all-rounder for North Middlesex after his starring role in Saturday’s emphatic victory over Southgate, which ended a three-match losing streak in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County League.

Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins

Conditions play a big part in one-day cricket – as we know only too well after our 50-over game against Hampshire at Radlett.

Middlesex bowler Toby Roland-Jones

Middlesex tasted defeat for the first time at Radlett as they lost their opening Royal London One-Day Cup tie to Hampshire by five wickets.

Hornsey captain Paul Weekes (centre) is congratulated by his team-mates Steve Atkinson (left) and Chetan Patel after his fifth wicket against Wembley on Saturday. Pic: Max Flego

Hornsey are now the only team across the three divisions of the league with a 100 per cent record after they thrashed bottom side Wembley by 10 wickets.

Sandun Dias was top scorer for Highgate in their defeat to Barnes. Pic: Max Flego

Sandun Dias struck his first half-century for Highgate – but it was not enough to prevent a home defeat against Barnes that tipped them into the Division Two relegation zone.

Felix Walker (right) celebrates with Nish Patel after reaching his century. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Felix Walker bludgeoned a ton as South Hampstead won a thrilling contest against Harrow Town and moved within 10 points of the top in Division Three of the Middlesex County League.

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