Search

North Middlesex continue their remarkable rise after overcoming Twickenham

15:12 04 August 2014

North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll. Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll. Pic: Max Flego

Max Flego Sports Photography

North Middlesex’s remarkable rise up the table continued as a strong all-round display produced a convincing 106-run victory over high-flying Twickenham.

North Midd are making their first appearance in the top flight for 16 years and they initially struggled, taking just seven points from their first eight games and finding themselves in the relegation zone – but they have now collected 44 from a possible 50 and jumped up to fifth place.

A 132-run partnership between captain Tom Nicoll (89) and Joe Hewton (62) helped the hosts to set a target of 279, and Joel Hughes and Middlesex CCC man Joe Denly – who was making his first appearance for North Midd – then took three wickets apiece as Twickenham were dismissed for 172.

Nicoll said: “It was great to have Joe Denly turning out for us, and all in all this was another very satisfying win.

“Our early-season struggles seem a long time ago and, having picked up 44 points from the last five matches, confidence is high.

“We are very aware of how tight the league table is though, and will keep pushing hard to secure our place for next season.”

North Midd were asked to bat and opener Denly made 16 before being trapped lbw by fellow Middlesex man Gurjit Sandhu (4-43).

Connor Nurse and Michael Clements took the score on 65-1 at the drinks break, but Nurse (32) fell immediately after the resumption and Evan Flowers (4) soon followed, leaving the hosts 70-3 in the 21st over.

Clements and Hewton added 32 together before the former was dismissed by the league’s leading wicket-taker Parminder Singh (2-61) - but it was the partnership between Nicoll and Hewton that really did the damage.

The pair took North Midd to 234-4 before Hewton (62) was caught off Sandhu, swiftly followed by Joel Hughes (1).

The hosts went for the jugular as they eyed a declaration and John Mills (13) and Nick Brand (8) both perished attempting big shots, while Nicoll was eventually run out by a fine direct hit, having struck 89 off 92 balls including 10 fours and two sixes as North Midd finished on 278 after 60.3 overs.

When Twickenham batted, Hughes and Ed Bird looked threatening but an early wicket proved elusive as openers Rys Davies and David Russell reached 57 together.

The breakthrough came via the leg spin of Denly, who snared Davies (30) lbw and then took a return catch to dismiss the incoming Babar Choudhary for one run.

Teenage left-arm spinner Nurse was introduced to partner Denly, and he saw off the dangerous Clint McCabe (25) before opener Russell (58) was bowled by Bird (2-43).

When Twickenham’s traditional talisman Carlos Nunes (20) was undone by a ball from Nurse which turned sharply, Twickenham were struggling at 148-5, and Simon Dunning lasted just three balls before departing lbw to Bird for a duck.

Rashid Mullahzadah stuck around to make 25, but he was dismissed by Hughes (3-27), and Denly (3-50) then had Eugene Berger (14) caught at slip by Nicoll before Hughes took the final two wickets, completing the victory in the 51st over.

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

07:45
Arsenal's Gabriel Paulista celebrates scoring (John Walton/PA Wire)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says defender Gabriel is still struggling to grasp the English language.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says he is enjoying the best time of his managerial career as he prepares to take Tottenham to Manchester City for a title showdown on Sunday.

Yesterday, 09:27
Arsenal's Santi Cazorla (Adam Davy/PA Wire)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere will remain sidelined for at least the next two or three weeks.

Peter Crouch celebrates his decisive goal for Tottenham at Manchester City in May 2010

Sunday promises to be a big day in the title fight as the Premier League’s top four teams go head to head – Leicester City visit Arsenal while Tottenham travel to face Manchester City.

Kevin Wimmer:

Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer is yet to concede a goal in the Premier League since replacing Jan Vertonghen – and he is aiming to keep it that way as he prepares to face Sergio Aguero in Sunday’s title showdown at Manchester City.

Thu, 09:00
Left to right: Gareth Davies, Max Hanson, Joe Northover, head coach Paul Doyle, Renat Samur, Alex Vonckx, Max Green

Haringey Aquatics teenager Renat Samur recorded a double as the club collected a total of five gold medals at the ASA Middlesex Age Group Championships.

Thu, 08:30
Back row (left to right): John Beckett, Joe Bruce, Wyn Bliss, George Everitt, Nick Corbett, Joe Beckett. Front row: Joel Robb, Ben Miller, Alfie Buxton

Haringey’s Under-13 indoor cricket side narrowly missed out on qualifying for the finals of the London Youth Games at Harrow Leisure Centre on Saturday.

Thu, 08:00
Charlie Hodgson kicked three penalties in Saracens' victory over Exeter on Sunday. Pic: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Saracens’ director of rugby Mark McCall is confident his current squad can maintain the club’s momentum at the top of the table, despite the absence of key international stars due to the Six Nations.

Most read 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

Champagne experience

This Valentine’s Day, the Coca-Cola London Eye is the perfect destination for lovebirds, offering a range of romantic experiences from Friday 12th February - Sunday 14th February 2016.

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe