December 8 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
North Middlesex claimed the Division Two title in the Middlesex County Cricket League as a seven-wicket victory over Brentham kept them ahead of Brondesbury, who also won their final game.
Hosts Brentham elected to bat but tight bowling from Ed Bird (3-31) and Nick Brand (2-27) soon left them in trouble at 50-5.
Spinner Kaleem Hussain (1-16) then bowled seven maidens in a 12-over spell and, although Neel Gandhi (27), Matthew Lowen (25) and Luke Budden (22) put up a fight, leg spinner Tom Nicoll (2-57) accounted for Gandhi and Lowen, and veteran Jaron Semper (2-5) ended the innings in the 55th over as the hosts were skittled for 153.
In reply, 18-year-old Connor Nurse (21) and Sam Webber (17) made 32 before Webber was caught, and his fellow Aussie Evan Flowers (63 not out) then produced another fine innings to round off an outstanding season.
Nurse was run out at 58-2 but Flowers and Nicoll (37) put on 83 in a high-class partnership and John Mills (8no) finished the job with Flowers as North Midd cruised home with 17 overs to spare.
Captain Nicoll said: “It’s a great feeling to round off the season with another emphatic win, and we are delighted to be going up to the Premier League as champions.
“We are well aware that promoted sides often struggle to establish themselves in the top division, but we will give it a good go next year.
“Our top four teams will all be playing in the highest division for which they are eligible, and with our development side winning the Middlesex Championship last week the club is clearly in good shape.”