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Brondesbury spinner Anthony Wilkinson took four wickets. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Brondesbury extended their winning run to five games in all competitions after another successful weekend.

South Hampstead captain Leroy Shepherd (left) congratulates Touqeer Ahmad after his fourth wicket. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Touqeer Ahmad bowled a five-for and then hit an unbeaten 36 off 15 balls as South Hampstead triumphed for the second week in a row in a rain-affected Division Three match.

North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll (left) has praised Rob Fahrenheim (right), who hit 96 against Teddington on Saturday. Pic: Max Flego

New signing Rob Fahrenheim led a much-improved batting display from North Middlesex – but the Crouch End outfit suffered their second successive defeat in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Middlesex's James Franklin bowling.

Middlesex all-rounder James Franklin fears the new County Championship toss rule is stifling the competition and generating “attritional cricket”.

Middlesex's Ollie Rayner (right) celebrates a wicket with team-mate John Simpson

Middlesex’s bowlers will make former skipper Chris Rogers their top target when he returns to Lord’s with Somerset this weekend, according to Ollie Rayner.

Middlesex's Toby Roland-Jones

There were some real positives from our game at The Oval – even if it left us with a little bit of a ‘what if?’ feeling.

Sandun Dias appeals for Highgate during their defeat to Harrow St Mary's

Building partnerships turned out to be problematic for Highgate as they slid to a five-wicket defeat at Harrow St Mary’s in Division Two of the Middlesex County Cricket League – their second loss in a row.

Hampstead's opening batsman Sam Evison top-scored for his side with 66. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Chairman Nick Brown admits Hampstead need to respond quickly to have any chance of retaining their title after the reigning champions were defeated again in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Hornsey batsman Joe Emanuel hit an unbeaten 63 against Enfield. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Teenager Joe Emanuel shared an unbroken century stand with his veteran coach Paul Weekes as Hornsey cruised to their second successive league win in Division Two of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Glenn Phillips had a prolific weekend for Brondesbury. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Captain Adam Wilson hopes overseas recruit Glenn Phillips will be “the missing piece” for Brondesbury after the Kiwi starred in league and cup victories at the weekend.

North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll. Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex came crashing back to earth after their opening-day victory over reigning champions Hampstead, failing to chase down a target of 131 against newly-promoted Eastcote in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County League.

Middlesex bowler Tim Murtagh. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Middlesex seamer Tim Murtagh has predicted as few as five victories could be sufficient to clinch the County Championship title this season.

Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins

So far it looks like being an attritional summer’s cricket and, if we’re to have a chance of winning the championship, it’ll be all about putting in complete performances over four days.

Highgate captain Jake Sharland. Pic: Max Flego

Highgate captain Jake Sharland feels his side should take heart from a narrow home defeat to Indian Gymkhana on their return to the second tier.

South Hampstead captain Leroy Shepherd. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Leroy Shepherd admits South Hampstead are facing a challenging start to the season after his injury-hit side was bowled out for 52 in his first game as captain.

Johnny Fawcett (third from right) celebrates after taking his first wicket for Hornsey, dismissing Brondesburys James Overy lbw. Pic: Paolo Minoli

League debutants Jamie Harris and Johnny Fawcett made an immediate impact for Hornsey as they swept to a resounding win at Brondesbury in Division Two.

Jaron Semper (second from right) celebrates a wicket with his North Middlesex team-mates. Pic: Max Flego

A weakened North Middlesex side appeared to be staring defeat in the face as they hosted reigning champions Hampstead in their Middlesex County League Premier Division opener – but they fought back in the final hour to gain a dramatic victory.

Tim Murtagh

Tim Murtagh feels Middlesex must wrap up Nottinghamshire’s first innings swiftly on Monday morning to maintain parity in their County Championship clash at Lord’s.

Hampstead captain Steve Clark. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead are aiming to be the first team for five years to retain the Middlesex County League title – and captain Steve Clark believes a fierce competition for places can help his side to keep their crown.

Benham & Reeves' David Price (centre) presents this season's shirt to North Middlesex's captain Tom Nicoll (left) and new coach Dave Robson. Pic: Max Flego

Skipper Tom Nicoll has challenged North Middlesex’s top-order batsmen to give last season’s talisman Evan Flowers more support as the Crouch End club bid to maintain their progress in the Premier Division.

Paul Weekes of Hornsey CC

Hornsey batsman Chetan Patel believes the appointment of Paul Weekes as captain is a huge boost to their promotion prospects.

Brondesbury captain Adam Wilson (left) presents overseas signing Glenn Phillips with his shirt. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Captain Adam Wilson hopes Brondesbury can pick up where they left off last season and win promotion this time, having fallen short last campaign.

Highgate celebrate after clinching promotion from Middlesex County League Division Three last season. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Highgate are readying themselves for new challenges after going through last season unbeaten as they cruised to the Division Three championship.

North London CC captain Sam Bardon

North London’s new captain Sam Bardon is hoping his side can pick up where they left off at the end of last season.

South Hampstead's new captain Leroy Shepherd. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Leroy Shepherd has taken over the captaincy at South Hampstead as the Milverton Road side prepare for their curtain-raiser away against MTSSC on Saturday.

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