Hampstead closing in on historic Middlesex County League title
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Hampstead are remaining cautious despite needing only three points to secure their first ever league title following last weekend’s washout.
The Lymington Road club line up against Teddington on Saturday, knowing that a victory or four-point draw will secure an historic championship irrespective of second-placed Ealing’s result at Richmond.
“Everyone at the club is excited at the prospect of bringing our first ever league title back to Lymington Road,” said Nick Brown, chairman of Hampstead’s playing committee.
“We won’t take anything for granted. Teddington are a top club, the most successful team in the league in terms of performances on a national stage and they have the players to win any game, anywhere, so if we don’t perform we will not get the result we need.
“That said, we are very hungry and aside from Charlie Cooke and our long-term injured players, we will be at full strength for the first time in weeks and will look to play the same attacking style of cricket that has served us well all year.”
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A single point would seal North Middlesex’s promotion to the top flight when they take on Harrow St Mary’s in Division Two.
But captain Tom Nicoll is targeting all 10 to ensure that his side hold off closest challengers Brondesbury and stay on track for the Division Two title.
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“I played at Brondesbury for four years so, for me personally, finishing ahead of them would be quite a big thing,” said Nicoll (pictured).
“To go into the Premier Division by winning the league will give us a lot of confidence – and I think we deserve to win it on our performances this season.”
“We’ve got an exciting young team and our availability has been very consistent. In previous years we’ve found it difficult to field a regular team but if you can do that, it makes your life as captain a bit easier.”
It could be a big weekend for North Midd, who are also bidding to clinch the prestigious Middlesex Development League title for the first time when they take on Osterley in Sunday’s 40-over final.
Brondesbury could also seal an immediate return to the Premier Division with victory at relegated Harrow Town – and they will go up anyway if third-placed Harrow slip up against Uxbridge.
Hornsey are still battling to secure Premier Division survival after their game against Finchley was washed out, but they retain an eight-point cushion over fellow strugglers Winchmore Hill.