Season defining fixtures coming up for North Middlesex says captain Hughes

North Middlesex in action against local rivals Hampstead

North Middlesex in action against local rivals Hampstead - Credit: Lenny Martin

North Middlesex captain Joel Hughes feels the next two fixtures could be "season defining" as they look to start taking control of their own fortunes. 

They will make the trip away to fellow title chasers Teddington on Saturday for an important Middlesex County Cricket Premier Division clash. 

It is just 17 points than separate the leaders Crouch End to fifth place North Middlesex and all the teams in between. 

“The forecast isn’t great this week, but we’re confident as we’ve got some lads in good form, and we’ve got some lads back this weekend,” captain Hughes said. 

“We’re looking forward to coming up against Teddington as it’s always a hard game and it’s a lovely place to play. 

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“These kind of games define the season, the next two weeks are massive, and if we can win both of those against Teddington and Ealing then we’re on the back nine with everything to play for.” 

They drew with local rivals Hampstead on the weekend as the game was interrupted due to the wet weather conditions.  

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They were bowled out for 200 with Matthew Cracknell (52) and Will Vanderspar (95) both putting in terrific displays. 

In reply, they restricted their opponents to 115/6 before the match was given as a draw. 

North Middlesex in action against local rivals Hampstead

North Middlesex in action against local rivals Hampstead - Credit: Lenny Martin

“It was pretty frustrating. Things slightly conspired against us on Saturday with firstly the weather, and then Connor’s (Connor Nurse) horrible injury which sort the time out of the game and it wasn’t great for the lads. 

“Even given our dominate position, we got the bad end of the draw.

“I think there has been some really high quality performances from somebody every week that we’ve played which is really encouraging. 

“We’ve dominated a lot of games and that’s great to keep the momentum going into the next game and much more important than sometimes the result.” 

North Middlesex also cemented a spot in the T20 semi-finals thanks to a 10 run victory over Brondesbury the following day. 

They won the toss and elected to bat first where they were bowled out for 112 before they managed to restrict their opponents to 102-8. 

It is now a clash with either Crouch End or Stanmore as they bid to progress into the final to give themselves a chance of silverware. 

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