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

17:01

The Premier League announced today that they are partnering with Cadbury, prompting us to devise a list of past and present Tottenham and Arsenal players with chocolatey-sounding names.

Saracens are one step closer to defending their European crown after progressing into the quarter-finals following their thrilling 10-3 victory over French giants Toulon at Allianz Park on Saturday.

Saracens’ forwards and defence coach Alex Sanderson fears a pre-match promise could now prove costly after the Hendon-based club completed the double over Toulon in their final European pool match.

Yesterday, 14:18

Haringey Borough manager Tom Loizou says it will be difficult to improve on Saturday’s performance against Soham Town Rangers after his side triumphed 6-0 at Coles Park and moved within a point of the play-off spots in Ryman League Division One North.

Yesterday, 13:02

Not for the first time this season, Arsenal did it the hard way.

Yesterday, 12:00

Kevin Wimmer says he has had no desire to leave Tottenham, insisting he feels “very comfortable” at White Hart Lane and is fully focused on deputising for Jan Vertonghen again over the coming weeks.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Captain Hugo Lloris says Tottenham’s 2-2 draw at Manchester City shows the progress they have made, stating that in previous seasons the Lilywhites would have succumbed to a heavy defeat against Pep Guardiola’s side.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son struck second-half goals as Spurs fought back from 2-0 down to grab a 2-2 draw in a thrilling clash against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. Here are five talking points.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

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

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now