Hampstead put in a strong performance but victory eludes them again

Henry Collier claimed his second five-for of the season but Hampstead were unable to take Twickenham

Henry Collier claimed his second five-for of the season but Hampstead were unable to take Twickenham's final wicket. Pic: Paolo Minoli - Credit: Archant

Chairman Nick Brown was pleased with Hampstead’s latest performance, but he feels 25 points have been dropped in games that should have been won after they were held to another draw in the Premier Division.

The reigning champions squandered a winning position in their previous outing, bowling Stanmore out for 205 and then reaching 159-1 in reply, only to suffer a collapse and end up sharing the spoils.

On Saturday, the Lymington Road outfit posted a total of 240-8 and then had their hosts nine wickets down at 171-9, with Henry Collier taking 5-33 – but again they were unable to secure a much-needed victory.

“This was a very good all-round performance,” said Brown. “Twickenham is not generally an easy ground to score runs at, and conditions were very difficult so we could have done without losing the toss and being put in. I think we deserve a lot of credit for posting a score of 240.

“We will take some confidence from this game and look forward to playing Ealing next week.

“We can’t hide from the fact it has been a difficult first half of the season. We have probably left 25 points on the field from games that we should have won but haven’t, and that’s far too many.”

Hampstead reached 69 without loss but when George Adair (28) was dismissed, Collier followed for a duck – and when Sam Evison (32) was caught, Ragheb Aga (5) also failed to stick around.

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However, Steve Clark (36), Liam Hughes (42), Ollie Steele (21) and Archie Fellowes (13) took the visitors to 194-8, and Rob Jones (28 not out) and Zain Rizvi (16no) then added 46 runs before the allotted 60 overs elapsed.

Scott Barlow (3-38) removed Arjun Rehncy (2) early on in Twickenham’s reply, but the hosts recovered to reach 156-5.

They went on to lose four wickets for 15 runs, with Collier taking three of them to complete his second five-for of the season, but Eugene Berger (2no) and Arunjit Sandhu (5no) held on to avoid defeat.