Huge game as North Middlesex look to stay in control of the title race

Joel Hughes of NMCC during North Middlesex CC vs Hampstead CC, Middlesex County League Cricket at Pa

Joel Hughes of NMCC during North Middlesex CC vs Hampstead CC, Middlesex County League Cricket at Park Road on 25th May 2019

North Middlesex captain Joel Hughes knows the upcoming fixture will be huge in the title race with just two games left to be played. 

Hughes and his side will welcome third placed Teddington to Crouch End Playing Fields on Saturday as the race to win the Middlesex County Premier Division title heats up. 

North Middlesex are currently top with a 13 point lead over second place Crouch End. 

“We’ve seen this game on the fixture list for a while, knowing that it will do a lot in terms of who wins the league, and we’re all up for it,” Hughes said. 

“They lost last week, we won, we beat them earlier in the season so we’ve got nothing to fear. We’ve got to play good cricket and be at our best to beat them on Saturday.” 

They sealed a 49 run victory over local rivals Hampstead on the weekend, despite losing the toss and being put in to bat first, where they scored 178-8 with James Parslow (65), Henry Howeld (33), and Hassan Khan (31) top scoring. 

North Midd then bowled Hampstead out for 129 with the wickets being spread around the entire unit. 

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“It was a really important win, crucial to our hopes of winning the league, and I think we weren’t even sure if we were going to get to play with the forecast and the rain we got but delighted to have played and got the 10 points,” the skipper said. 

“Henry was aggressive, batted lovely, and got us off to a good start. There was lovely partnership between Will Vanderspar and James Parslow which set us up in the middle against some good bowling. 

“Parslow batted fantastic, really pleased for him, as he got run out without facing a ball last week so to come back like that was amazing. 

“They had a pretty decent attack in not very easy conditions so we were pleased and pleased for Hass at the end who helped get us up to a competitive score. 

“In this format you need your bowlers, so to have all five chipping in with wickets was excellent, we bowled well as a unit. 

“Things did get a little nervy at the end. I thought Callum Jackson batted superbly, he threatened to get them over the line, but we stuck to our plan as we knew that he would have to take risks.”