Middlesex County Cricket League round-up - Terry notches a century

Hampstead (10) 276

Twickenham (0) 151

Sean Terry’s century underpinned Hampstead’s emphatic win over Twickenham at Lymington Road in the Premier League.

Terry, a young player with Middlesex CCC, racked up 148 off 148 balls to take the game by the scruff of the neck after his opening partner, Robert Tidey, was removed for a duck to leave Hampstead 0-1.

Twickenham won the toss and elected to bowl, and the decision appeared prudent when Maaz Hafeji caught Tidey off Fawad Mullahzadah’s bowling (4-58).

However, that was as good as it got for Twickenham as Brandon Buckley (41) joined Terry, and the pair stormed to 136.

Carlos Nunes (1-51) made the breakthrough for the visitors when he bowled Buckley, but Tom Smith (3) proved to be a stubborn accomplice for Terry and they reached 161 before Clint McCabe (5-85) had him trapped lbw.

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Mubasher Hassan (19) then stepped in, and the duo pushed the tally along to 209, before Hassan became the second of McCabe’s five victims.

Mullahzadah and McCabe kept up the pressure, with the former removing Ed Jones (7), Jon Lombard (1) and Tom Forsdike (0), and McCabe had Tim Marcon (3) caught by Sam Baird.

Zac Khan (25) joined Terry, and the tally was 243 when Nazir Samim caught Terry for 148 off McCabe.

Joe Ewen (13 not out) joined Khan to reach 276 when Khan was caught by Carlos Nunes off McCabe.

Twickenham’s reply had barely got off the ground when Khan (3-45) struck, bowling Nunes for a duck and following up with the wickets of Sam Baird (5) and Middlesex batsman Dan Housego (13) to restrict the visitors to 22-3.

Samim (27) reached 64 before he was caught by Buckley off Smith (4-26). Rashid Mullahzadan (28) added runs and David Russell (35) took them to 117-5 before he was bowled by Smith.

Hampstead kept up the pressure and removed the tail for 151 runs, with Fawad Mullahzadah (22) excelling.

? Hampstead failed to build on the result the next day when they were beaten by neighbouring Brondesbury in the ECB National Cup Championship.

Ed Jones (70) top-scored but no-one could stay with him and they were all out for 149. Brondesbury reached their target in the 27th over, for the loss of four wickets.

North Middlesex (4 ) 360-5

Harrow Town (1) 239-6

Evan Flowers and Alex Hill shared a stunning 261-run second-wicket partnership on Saturday as North Middlesex recorded their first league points of the season.

Skipper Flowers notched a mighty 178 while Hill (98) fell just two runs short of his century as the visitors as the visitors declared on a massive 360-5 – and secured a much-needed winning draw against hosts Harrow Town.

Flowers was asked to bat first on a good-looking track however openers Adam Holmes and Hill began sedately.

The pair made 18 off the first eight overs before Holmes (24) opted to come back for a second run when Michael Jadunath fumbled the ball and was run out.

Ironically, the opener had perished in exactly the same manner the previous summer at Rayners Lane.

However, his dismissal brought Flowers and Hill together at the crease, and they went on to forge on of the biggest and longest North Mid partnerships for years.

Flowers reached his ton and then added another 50 in just 16 balls, the highlight being a flat inside out six over long off.

After a becalmed start, Hill also played a fine innings which unfortunately ended on 98 when he pulled a long hop to mid wicket.

Flowers gave away his first chance on 168 and then presented his opponents with two more chances in the 170s before Mohammad Ali (1-56) finally claimed his wicket for a truly magnificent 178, which featured 15 fours and eight sixes.

Useful hitting from Darren Eckford (32) and Jaron Semper (14) followed as the visitors declared on 360-5 after 50 overs, giving themselves 50 overs to claim the full 10 points for victory.

Opening bowlers Eckford and debutant left arm seamer Matt Haywood started relatively tightly against Sohail Butt and Heshan Morawaka. But, despite Harrow’s best efforts, a rate of 7.2 per over and rising looked difficult for the home side.

A stalemate emerged as it became clear that Town would fall short of their target – and that North Mid would be unable to get them all out.

Spinner Semper (3-44) obtained the first breakthroughs, bowling both openers for 50 and 43 respectively and then dismissing Jadunath, who was caught by Eckford at slip.

Nick Packard (1-51) toiled for little reward against Muhammad Arshad (75), but Dexter Thomas (2-26) removed Uzairuddin Mohammed, who hit 160 in this fixture last year when Town chased 280 in 45 overs.

Unfortunately the wickets were too few and far between, and the hosts reached 239-6 after 50 overs nick a point.

South Hampstead (4) 276-8

Kenton (1) 176-9

Paul Atherley’s unbeaten century failed to secure victory for South Hampstead, who were forced to settle for a winning draw in their Division Three match at Kenton.

The frustrating result leaves SH mired near the foot of the table with five points and still searching for their first win of the season after they declared on 53 overs with a respectable 276-8, only to fail to remove their stubborn hosts.

The visitors were put into bat and openers James Williams (29) and Alex Ranger (18) took the innings up to 26 before Ranger was caught by Rishi Kotecha off Charles Erdwin (1-62).

Atherley (126), who took the captaincy from Zia Sialvi at the start of the season, joined Williams at the crease and the pair grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck, racing to 57 when Williams was trapped lbw by Mohsin Zubair (2-67).

SH’s progress was hampered by the loss off Nish Patel who was run out for a duck, but Rashid Khan (6) helped steady nerves when he joined Atherley and the pair had reached 85 by the time he was despatched.

Habib Akram (17) and then Jamal Ahmed (13) added to the tally, before they were both removed by David Sweeney (2-48) to leave the hosts on 153-6.

Wajid Tahir (16) was the next to join Atherley at the crease and the pair had pushed the tally along to 180, when he was trapped lbw by Kumar Sadagopan (2-91) who had Jeremy Medlin (2) caught soon after.

The arrival of Majid Akram (39not out) got the innings moving again and the visitors had reached 276 when Atherley declared in the 53rd over.

Kenton’s reply started badly when Ranger caught Schophn Jooma (6) off Kirk Drummond (2-22) to leave Kenton on 12-1.

The visitors turned the screw when Atherley caught Kaushal Patel off Medlin (4-53) and then Drummond bowled Sachin Patel (5) to leave Kenton in trouble on 44-3.

However, Jonathan Mills (39) got the innings back on track and Kenton’s total had reached 86 when he was caught by Ranger off the bowling of Akram.

Sadagopan (25) continued the momentum until he was caught by Ranger off Wajid Tahir (2-24). Mark Sweeney (23), Deepak Singh (19) and Charles Erdwin (1) added to the tally, but were ultimately all removed by Medlin.

Rishi Kotecha (20no) continued to repel the attack, batting in partnership with David Sweeney (8) and Mohsin Zubair (0no).

Kenton made certain of a point when they remained unbeaten in the 47th over.

Highgate (0pts) 226-9

Acton (10) 229-9

Profitable bowling spells by Jared Treadway and Syed Karrar were not enough to secure victory for Highgate who were beaten by Acton at Shepherd’s Cot on Saturday.

Highgate were put into bat and reached 21 for the loss of the first wicket when Matthew Holly (12) became the first of three victims for Josh Burrows (3-37).

The hosts continued to bat effectively and had passed the century mark for the loss of four wickets, only for Nasirul Alam (22) to be caught by James Hunt off John Reeve (2-66) soon after.

Christopher Gallagher continued the momentum though, before Craig Gourlay (53), batting at nine, boosted the tally with a crucial half century to help Highgate to 226-9.

Highgate appeared to have the upper hand when Treadway (5-73) took the first three wickets for 43 runs.

Karrar (4-82) kept up the pressure by removing the next two batsmen for three runs, to leave Acton reeling at 47-5. And when Treadway struck again for 48-6, Highgate looked sure to win.

Yet there was a sting in the tail as eighth man Matthew Reeve (117not out) stepped in to reach an unbeaten ton.

Batting in partnership with Ali Ahmed (31), Josh Burrows (11) and John Reeve (9), he defied the Highgate attack to secure victory.

? Elsewhere in Division Two Hornsey were forced to settle for a point in their match with Shepherd’s Bush when they declared on 227-7 after 55 overs, only to fail to remove the visitors who reached 192-9 in the allotted 45 overs.

? In Division Three North London took a single point from their trip to Barnes.

Rob Matthews (64) and Troy Newman (52) helped them to a total of 252-9 from 51 overs.

Byron Hackshall (67) continued his good form for NL, who reached 200-7 in reply.