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Stunned Twickenham are run over

Hampstead record their third win in five games in the Middlesex County Cricket League

13 June, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Hampstead’s Ben Frazer topped the bowling stats

HAMPSTEAD continued to gather “momentum” in the top flight of the Middlesex County Cricket League on Saturday by beating Twickenham by 113 runs at their Lymington Road ground.

Having been put in to bat first, Matt Watson’s side made a commanding stand in West Hampstead as they posted a competitive score of 264 all out off 46.2 overs. Ollie Rayner made what could prove a rare appearance for the club, and duly smashed 73 runs off just 55 balls in a knock that included nine fours and a six.

Hampstead defended their score with aplomb, with Ben Frazer topping the bowling stats after taking three wickets for 35 runs off 10 overs. Ajit Sambhi (2-29) and Rich Banham (2-11) also picked up two wickets each as Twickenham were bowled out for 151 in the 41st over.

After seeing Hampstead record their third win in five games, chairman Nick Brown said: “This was probably our best all-round performance of the season. There are, as always, areas where we can improve, but confidence is a big factor and a few players who needed runs and wickets have picked up just what they needed.

“We started excellently with the ball and the Twickenham innings never got started. All the bowlers were excellent. A special mention goes to Frazer, who has done a superb job opening the bowling with his off-spin, and Ajit Sambhi, who picked up his first league wickets for Hampstead.”

Switching his attentions towards Hampstead’s top-scorer on the day, Brown added: “I wanted also to mention Ollie Rayner – he has been very much part of Hampstead CC for some time, however his Middlesex commitments have meant he hasn’t been able to play that much, but, in spite of his loan move to Kent being announced this week, he still honoured his playing commitment to us on Saturday.”

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Joe Cracknell followed up the 146 he scored against Twickenham last week by scoring 130 on Saturday as North Middlesex beat Stanmore by 88 runs.

Cracknell lit up North Midd’s Park Road ground in Crouch End with a mighty run haul that included 10 fours and five sixes as the home side scored 236 before losing their final wicket in the 49th over.

Ed Bird (2-27) helped ensure it was a winning score as he quickly claimed the scalps of Stanmore openers Stevie Eskinazi and Talha Azam to leave the struggling visitors on 5-2 – a disastrous start that was made that much worse when Joel Hughes removed Steven Reingold for just eight runs to leave Stanmore on 14-3. Anshuman Rath’s score of 60 offered some resilience, but North Midd were determined to make it four wins out of five – a feat they achieved when they bowled Stanmore out for 148 runs.

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