Search

Hampstead beat struggling Finchley but give up their title

16:10 01 September 2014

Mubasher Hassan was the top scorer in the match with 64 as Hampstead beat Finchley. Pic: Max Flego

Mubasher Hassan was the top scorer in the match with 64 as Hampstead beat Finchley. Pic: Max Flego

Max Flego Sports Photography

Hampstead gave up their Middlesex County Cricket League title on Saturday as Teddington took the Premier Division crown – but they beat struggling Finchley by 15 runs.

Hampstead's Chris Beaumont-Dark hit 53 with the bat and then took 4-39 with the ball. Pic: Max FlegoHampstead's Chris Beaumont-Dark hit 53 with the bat and then took 4-39 with the ball. Pic: Max Flego

Mubasher Hassan hit 64 while Chris Beaumont-Dark (53) notched his first league half-century as the hosts reached 197 from 53.2 overs.

The same pair then starred with the ball, with Beaumont-Dark taking 4-39 and Hassan claiming 4-97 as Finchley were bowled out for 182 in 49.4 overs.

That left Hampstead fifth, 16 points behind leaders Teddington, who narrowly triumphed over Ealing to secure top spot with one game to go.

Teddington were bowled out for 163 in 65.2 overs and then just managed to dismiss Ealing for 158 in 55 overs to ensure there would be no final-day drama at the top.

Meanwhile, Finchley’s defeat at Lymington Road means they remain at risk of being overtaken by Hornsey on Saturday and being relegated.

The chairman of Hampstead’s playing committee, Nick Brown, said: “It’s nice to win and we were able to demonstrate our club integrity by continuing to perform, even though we had nothing to play for.

“But ultimately this was a disappointing day as we have officially surrendered our title to Teddington.

“There was a five-minute period on Saturday when we thought we were back in the hunt as we figured that Teddington had drawn with Ealing.

“But they managed to squeeze in an extra over in the final hour and the potential for an exciting final day across the league – with five teams still in with a chance – was gone.

“It was good for Chris Beaumont-Dark to get his first league 50 and for him to pick up some wickets.

“Mubasher Hassan also continued to demonstrate what a good all-round cricketer he has become, passing 30 league wickets and notching up his fourth league 50 in the process. He’s had a really good season and there is more to come from him.”

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Sport Stories

The first of the three pitch invaders takes a 'selfie' with Kyle Naughton. Pic: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Harry Kane admits he was amused by the first of the three pitch invaders during night’s Europa League match but hopes such interruptions can be kicked out of the game.

Yesterday, 07:25
Jordan Nobbs of Arsenal Ladies scores against Everton. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Jordan Nobbs is relishing the opportunity to link up with new signing Lianne Sanderson when Arsenal head to Japan for the International Women’s Club Championship.

Tottenham's Roberto Soldado (right) tries to grab the second of the three pitch invaders at White Hart Lane. Pic: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Tottenham’s 1-0 Europa League victory over Partizan Belgrade at White Hart Lane was halted for 10 minutes due to three first-half pitch invasions tonight.

Thu, 07:30
Saracens' Jamie George (left) is tackled by Northampton's Stephen Myler

Hooker Jamie George is looking to put the disappointment of the weekend’s defeat to Northampton Saints behind him as Saracens prepare for Saturday’s trip to Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership.

Most read sport

The comedian returned to his home town for the prestigious award ceremony.

The helicopter crashed through the roof of the Clutha pub.

Twitter sat back and watched as the world went bargain-hunting crazy on Black Friday.

There was definitely something buzzing at JCB when he delivered his immigration speech.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition