Friday, October 2, 2015

Middlesex’s season may have ended with a crushing defeat – but that should not mask a year of tangible progress in the County Championship.

James Franklin

To end with a walloping at Worcester was pretty disappointing, but that shouldn’t detract from a pretty solid season in terms of red-ball cricket.

Highgate Taverners are departing for a tour of Rome. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Highgate Taverners will be praying for success on their end-of-season tour after setting up a pretigious encounter with St Peter’s Cricket Club in Vatican City.

Middlesex's Neil Dexter celebrates a wicket in the recent victory against Yorkshire

During seven years at Lord’s, Neil Dexter has played his part in transforming Middlesex from Division Two also-rans to serious contenders for the County Championship title.

Middlesex's Nick Compton was not selected in the recent England squad

Nick Compton’s century in Middlesex’s remarkable victory over Yorkshire last week proved too late to reclaim his place in England’s top order.

Middlesex's Toby Roland-Jones (right) celebrates his century against Yorkshire with team-mate James Harris at Lord's

Toby Roland-Jones’ maiden first-class hundred in the stunning comeback win over champions Yorkshire might never have happened, he revealed this week.

North Middlesex's colts section celebrate the club's 140th anniversary

North Middlesex’s colts were out in force on Saturday as the club celebrated their 140th anniversary.

Batsmen Alan O'Shea (left) and Ralph Pedersen (centre) clinched North London's survivial with victory at Kenton. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Sam Bardon is eager to spearhead a North London promotion challenge next season after they completed their remarkable escape from relegation with victory at Kenton.

Brondesbury captain Adam Wilson. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Brondesbury skipper Adam Wilson vowed to return stronger in 2016 after their promotion dreams died in a final-day defeat to Acton.

Highgate's Craig Gourlay celebrates a wicket. Pic: Max Flego

Craig Gourlay stole the show as Highgate completed an unbeaten season and posted a record Middlesex County League points total to boot.

James Franklin

Around the halfway point of the season, our general thinking was that, as long as we kept going, there’d come a period when Yorkshire weren’t winning.

Sam Bardon will captain North London in their final match of the season at Kenton

Stand-in skipper Sam Bardon says North London must target victory at Kenton on Saturday – even though a four-point draw will guarantee their survival.

Dawid Malan in action for Middlesex. Pic: TGSPHOTO

Middlesex batting coach David Houghton believes Dawid Malan’s run of form should put him in the frame for an international call-up in the near future.

South Hampstead captain James Williams took four wickets, but to no avail as his side were beaten by Winchmore Hill. Pic: Paolo Minoli

South Hampstead’s faint hopes of promotion from Division Three are finally over after they suffered their second successive defeat on Saturday.

Highagte players celebrate a wicket

Seamer Prashanth Srinivas stepped up to Highgate’s senior side in sensational fashion with a seven-wicket haul against MTSSC to keep them on course for a record points tally.

Rob Nelson took a key wicket for Brondesbury as they got a winning draw against Enfield. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Brondesbury’s six-match winning run was ended by Enfield but they are still in the promotion fight as they go into the final weekend of the season.

Will Vanderspar enjoyed a fine all-round display for North Middlesex. Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex ended their four-game losing streak in style, beating second-placed Richmond by eight wickets and deciding the title battle in the process.

Hampstead celebrate after winning the Middlesex County League title for the second time in three seasons

Hampstead are celebrating after winning the Middlesex County League title in the year of their 150th anniversary.

Paul Stirling of Middlesex. Pic: Matt Bright Photography

Paul Stirling is seeking a prolonged run in the Middlesex side over the coming weeks to stake his claim for a regular four-day slot.

Middlesex's Tim Murtagh. Pic: TGSPHOTO

Middlesex seamer Tim Murtagh is bringing a number of his county colleagues to Hampstead CC this weekend for a Twenty20 benefit match.

Hampstead captain Steve Clark is in the centre of the celebrations after removing North Middlesex opener Will Vanderspar. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead could be crowned kings of the Middlesex County League for the second time in three years this weekend after Saturday’s dramatic victory over North Middlesex.

James Franklin

Neil Dexter’s been in and out of the team throughout the summer and that hasn’t been easy for him – but his century up at Durham was outstanding.

Jordan Bethel hits out for Brondesbury. Pic: Max Flego

Brondesbury are challenging for the Division Two title as well as the second promotion spot after their sixth straight victory took them within four points of the leaders.

Ed Foster took the wicket that clinched the title for Highgate. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Highgate’s bowlers sealed the title – and dealt what could be a fatal blow to South Hampstead’s hopes of joining them in Division Two of the Middlesex County Cricket League next season.

North London's Will Lake hit 60 in their two-wicket win at Winchmore Hill. Pic: Max Flego

North London captain Jack Atchinson is confident of survival after his team hauled themselves off the foot of the Division Three table for the first time since May in the Middlesex County Cricket League.

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