Hughes helps Hampstead build momentum with victory at Twickenham

Hampstead's Liam Hughes hit a rapid half-century with the bat and then took 4-37 with the ball. Pic:

Hampstead's Liam Hughes hit a rapid half-century with the bat and then took 4-37 with the ball. Pic: Paolo Minoli - Credit: Archant

Hampstead are building momentum in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League after their second successive victory.

Hampstead lost their opening game against Ealing but bounced back by beating Indian Gymkhana – and Liam Hughes was then at the heart of a 40-run triumph at Twickenham on Saturday.

Captain Steve Clark top-scored with 58 but Hughes was close behind after hitting 56 off 46 balls, while Mubasher Hassan (42) also batted strongly as the visitors posted 259-6 from their 50 overs.

Hughes then took 4-37 with the ball to restrict the hosts to 219-9, leaving Hampstead fourth in the table.

The chairman of the club’s playing committee, Nick Brown, told Ham&High Sport: “Aside from our catching, which was poor, this was a terrific performance.

“Our batting was excellent and we followed that up with a very good performance with the ball. Twickenham are a very competitive side and we were very pleased to have beaten them away.”

Asked to bat, Hampstead – who are sponsored by Gray Nicolls – were 43-2 after losing George Adair (22) and Jamie Gibson (7), but Clark and Hassan added 85 before Clark was caught on 58, which proved to be the highest score of the match.

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Hassan and Hughes took Hampstead on to 152-3, when Hassan (42) was stumped by Twickenham’s captain and wicketkeeper Carlos Nunes, who was involved in three of his side’s first four wickets – and Hughes and Jonathan Dunne enjoyed another profitable partnership, putting on 60 runs.

That was ended when Dunne (19) was run out, but Hughes went on to pass his half-century before being bowled by Gujit Sandhu after a quickfire 56, which included seven fours and a six.

By that stage Hampstead were 232-6, and Jack Biddulph (23 not out) and Desmond O’Leary (8no) boosted the total to 259 before the allotted 50 overs were up.

Clark (1-34) caught and bowled David Russell (8) at the start of the second innings, and Leo Carter (37) was then run out by Gibson while Dan Housego quickly followed, falling lbw to Will Roberts (1-23) for a duck, leaving Twickenham 67-3.

Hughes then gained his first victim, having Clint McCabe (3) caught, and opener Nunes (37) was caught off Chris Beaumont-Dark (2-50).

Twickenham were now 103-5 and, although Parminder Singh and Ashley Gray put on 65, Hughes removed Singh (38) and Beaumont-Dark removed Eugene Berger (1) before Hughes dismissed Arunjit Sandhu (10) and Rashid Mullahzadah (11).

Gray remained unbeaten on 47 but the hosts could only make 219-9 before their overs ran out.