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Pacesetters make it two from two

Vanderspar and Evison star as North Middlesex and Hampstead enjoy early victories in opening weeks of new season

19 May, 2017

RIVALS North Middlesex and Hampstead are the early pacesetters in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League after making it two wins out of two on Saturday.

Will Vanderspar put in a starring role with both the bat and the ball as North Midd won by 103 runs in their match away at Southgate.

Electing to bat first, Vanderspar got the visitors off to a bright start as he scored 67 runs off 103 balls, while fellow opener Joe Cracknell chipped in with 25 runs.

A late unbeaten stand from Adam Holmes and Connor Nurse, who scored 30 and 20 runs respectively without surrendering their wickets, saw North Midd record a tentative total of 202-7 from their allotted 50 overs.

Vanderspar perhaps did his best work of the afternoon with the ball in hand as he claimed four wickets at the expense of just 18 runs in a 10-over spell, which included four maidens.

With Joel Hughes (2-16) and Tom Nicoll (2-24) taking two wickets apiece, hosts Southgate were dismissed for 99 runs within 36 overs.

Meanwhile, Sam Evison’s mighty knock of 127 off 130 balls saw Hampstead take 10 points from their testing fixture at Ealing.

Captain Liam Hughes might have been regretting his decision to start in the field after Ealing opener Tom Morton smashed 76 off just 81 balls.

Thomas Plant added 40 more runs to help support a steady run-rate as the hosts posted a score of 240-9 from their 50 overs.

Will Roberts was the pick of the Hampstead bowlers as he claimed three wickets for 57 runs, while Matthew Watson (2-40) and Hughes (2-45) picked up two wickets each.

The afternoon, however, firmly belonged to Evison, who hit seven fours and four sixes on his way to recording his impressive century.

It was a knock that saw Hampstead hit a winning score of 241-8.

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