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Hughes and North Middlesex in positive spirits after latest win

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 June 2019

Joe Cracknell in batting action for North Middlesex (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Joe Cracknell in batting action for North Middlesex (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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Joe Cracknell impressed once again in the Middlesex County Premier Division and will eye more runs against Stanmore on Saturday

North Middlesex captain Joel Hughes in bowling action in the Middlesex County Premier Division (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).North Middlesex captain Joel Hughes in bowling action in the Middlesex County Premier Division (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

North Middlesex will look to continue their strong start in 2019 at home to Stanmore on Saturday in the Middlesex County Premier Division.

Joel Hughes' men lost on the first day away to Ealing, but have bounced back since to win the next three games in the division.

It places them third in the table after four matches and next up is a trip to new boys Stanmore, who have a victory to their name this year.

Last weekend, North Midd saw youngster Joe Cracknell demonstrate his class with a sensational hundred.

Hughes called correctly at the toss and the decision to bat first proved smart as the visitors got up to 292-8 in the end off 50 overs.

Evan Flowers scored 38 off 69 balls and Will Vanderspar added a rapid 34 which saw him hit three fours and one maximum, but the real star of the show was Cracknell.

The wicket-keeper smashed 146 off 135 balls - with 15 fours and three sixes - to post only his third ton for the club.

After a great display with the bat, North Middlesex soon backed it up in the field with captain Hughes on song.

He ripped through the top order of Twickenham on his way to 4-12 off only six overs to leave them on 38-4.

From this point the hosts were never able to recover and Alex MacQueen wrapped up the victory with 5-22 to dismiss the home side for 177.

The 115-run success lifts the spirits of North Middlesex and they will now target a fourth consecutive victory on Saturday against Stanmore.

Hughes said: "It was a great result at Twickenham, who are always a dangerous side.

"Joe batted with maturity and skill - assessed the pitch quickly and his shot selection was excellent.

"Then early wickets were key for us, particularly the big ones of Carlos Nunes and Scott Newman.

"We took our foot off the gas a little in the middle but Alex bowled beautifully on a helpful pitch.

"We fielded brilliantly too which was very important on an inconsistent outfield, so a good all-round performance."

With leaders Ealing taking on 2018 champions Richmond on Saturday, North Middlesex know a victory this weekend could see them make ground up on the current Premier Division pace-setters.

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