Search

Hampstead return to winning ways with first victory in seven games

18:13 07 July 2014

Ragheb Aga (centre) celebrates with his Hampstead team-mates. Pic: Max Flego

Ragheb Aga (centre) celebrates with his Hampstead team-mates. Pic: Max Flego

Max Flego Sports Photography

Hampstead finally got back to winning ways at the weekend, with captain Steve Clark hitting a century as the reigning champions picked up their first league victory for seven games.

Clark (120) and Ragheb Aga (50) shared a 102-run fourth-wicket partnership as Hampstead posted 251 – and Freddie Fairhead then took 5-59 while Archie Fellowes picked up 3-23 as visiting Twickenham were bowled out for 229.

The chairman of Hampstead’s playing committee, Nick Brown, said: “We’re all very relieved. The game swung for and against us a couple of times, but we got the win in the end and that’s all that matters.

“Steve Clark and Ragheb Aga put us into a very strong position and at 214-3 after 43 overs, we were looking at a total of 300-plus, so it was bitterly disappointing to only end up with 251 and it was an experience that we need to learn from.

“Nonetheless, Steve was tremendous. He leads from the front every week and has now scored 200 runs in his last two innings, so he is in great form and we can only hope it continues.

“We can’t be completely happy –something isn’t quite clicking – but we are getting closer and we have good players.”

Asked to bat, Hampstead’s openers reached 57 before Rob Jones departed for 30, followed closely by Ben Scott (2).

Fairhead added 25 before being trapped lbw, and Aga then joined opener Clark in a profitable partnership which took the hosts over 200, with Clark (120) eventually being bowled by Parminder Singh (4-79).

Aga reached his half century as Hampstead reached 239-5, but they only added another 12 runs as five batsmen fell in single figures, leaving the home side all out for 251 after 56.3 overs.

Hampstead started well with the ball, with Fairhead removing Kamran Toor for a duck and Aga (1-39) prising out Babar Choudhary (15), leaving the visitors 38-2.

But opener Eugene Berger (59), Carlos Nunes (32) and Clint McCabe (62) all made strong contributions before being removed by Fairhead, helping Twickenham to 179-5.

There was all to play for but David Russell (5) became Fairhead’s fourth successive victim, and Fellowes (3-23) then removed Rashid Mullahzadah (11) and Simon Dunning (4), leaving the visitors 208-8.

Fairhead completed his five-for by dismissing Singh for 22, and Fellowes ended the match in the 46th over by having Arunjit Sandhu (1) caught as Twickenham fell 22 runs short.

Next up for Hampstead is a trip to face league leaders Teddington and Brown said: “It will be a test because they are going well, but they know and respect our ability, so we are looking forward to it.”

0 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 Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino is proud of Tottenham’s passion and character and is pleased that his side are “not a nice team to play” any more – but he admits his players “crossed the line” against Chelsea and must learn to control themselves better in future.

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.

Yesterday, 12:01
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.

Yesterday, 12:00
Tottenham's Erik Lamela (left) and Arsenal's Hector Bellerin battle for the ball during the 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane in March

Tottenham blogger David Lee says it is important for Spurs to finish above north London arch-rivals Arsenal after their title dream was ended by Chelsea.

Yesterday, 11:00
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.

Yesterday, 10:01
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.

Yesterday, 09:01
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.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe