Brown proud of Hampstead team after successful chase

Hampstead captain Liam Hughes (right) was The Green Room Player of the Day for July 7 (pic: Hampstea

Hampstead captain Liam Hughes (right) was The Green Room Player of the Day for July 7 (pic: Hampstead CC/The Green Room). - Credit: Archant

Captain Liam Hughes scored 101 on Saturday to help Hampstead defeat Teddington and claim The Green Room Player of the Day for July 7

After a four-game run without a victory in the Middlesex County League Premier Division, Nick Brown watched Hampstead get back to winning ways in style on Saturday against Teddington.

The Lymington Road outfit had struggled with injuries during the month of June and were without a number of key personnel last weekend too.

Despite this, Hampstead bowled Teddington all out for exactly 300 and chased it down largely thanks to Sam Evison’s 98 and 101 from captain Liam Hughes.

“It was a fantastic win in any circumstances, but given how badly our playing resources have been hit by injuries and other unavailability, it made it all the better,” said chairman Brown.

“To give some context, of the players who played in the reverse fixture on the first day of the season on May 5, only four players (Hughes, Evison, Matt Watson and Scott Barlow) played in the reverse game on Saturday, so I can’t praise the players enough.

“Obviously the stand-out performances were from Liam and Sam. The pressure was on them as the most senior players in the team and they didn’t let us down, but there were various other contributions from across the team, it was a great day.”

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It wasn’t a straightforward win for Hampstead as Teddington looked on course for a huge score at 166-3.

Hugo Peterson picked up 4-47 off 13 overs though, and was well backed by captain Hughes (3-71) as the hosts fought back to bowl the away side out for 300 when they looked set for more.

Hampstead’s chase started in disasterous fashion when opener Rahoul Pankhaia went first ball, but Oliver Redwood (29) and Evison put on 87 for the second wicket to steady the ship.

Skipper Hughes then joined Evison at the crease and the pair put on 109 before the latter fell two short of what would have been a fine century.

The captain stuck in there and did reach three figures before he fell with only five more needed, but thankfully, Samir Arora’s 15 not out got Hampstead home.

Next up for Hughes’ men is a trip to second-placed Ealing this weekend with the hosts one spot and 18 points better off than the Lymington Road club. The previous encounter back on May 12 was abandoned.