Ahmed inspires eight-wicket win
27 July, 2018
SEAM bowler Muhammad Ahmed did all the damage as Hampstead returned to winning ways in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League on Saturday with a resounding eight-wicket victory over Brondesbury.
Ahmed took six wickets at the expense of just 43 runs in a devastating 12-over spell at Lymington Road in West Hampstead. Liam Hughes picked up 2-11, while Mubasher Hassan and Jamie Litherland took a wicket each as the away side were bowled out in the 32nd over for just 129 runs.
In reply, Hampstead made a dreadful start with Oliver Redwood and Sam Evison both out for ducks. Opener Hassan showed excellent shot selection, however, as he scored 54 off 42 balls, while Hughes chipped in with an unbeaten 60 as Hampstead reached their winning score of 131-2 in just 14 overs.
The win, which leaves Hampstead fourth in the table, will help ease the pain of the previous result, in which they suffered a nine-wicket defeat at Ealing after scoring just 66 runs.
North Middlesex remain third in the table following their narrow seven-run victory over Highgate.
Tom Nicoll led the way for North Midd, scoring 93 off 76 balls, including five fours and seven sixes. James Parslow also batted well to score 67, while Evan Flowers and Will Nicoll almost hit half-centuries, scoring 48 and 40 runs respectively. Their combined efforts saw Joel Hughes’s side end their innings on 287-7 off 60 overs.
With Hasnain Ali hitting 78 off 100 balls, and Shane McNamara chipping in with a well-crafted 56, Highgate went agonisingly close to reaching their target, but in the end they just missed out as they were bowled out for 280 in the 68th over.