Frazer takes 5 wickets in draw

Friday, 25th June 2021

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BEN Frazer’s five-wicket haul helped Hampstead take the lion’s share of the spoils from their home match against North Middlesex.

Having lost an early wicket, Matthew Cracknell set about helping North Midd find their rhythm as he hit a patient 52 before being caught by Beckham Wheeler-Greenall off Frazer’s bowling on Saturday.

But it was Will Vanderspar who really lit up Lymington Road in West Hampstead as he scored 95 off 122 balls in a mighty knock that included eight fours and three sixes. With a century in sight, however, he was also undone by Frazer’s bowling, and a smart catch by Jamie Litherland.

Frazer went on to claim five wickets at the expense of 50 runs in 16.3 overs as North Midd were bowled out for 200 in the 66th over.

Hampstead openers George Adair (24 runs) and Mubasher Hassan (13) got off to a solid start as they put 29 runs on the board before the latter was run out.

Skipper Callum Jackson came in and hit a composed 40, while Wheeler-Greenall also batted well for his 20 runs. In the end, though, time got the better of both teams as Hampstead ended play on 115-6 after 37 overs – enough to earn them four points courtesy of their faster run-rate, while North Midd had to settle for just a point.

The draw leaves Hampstead eighth out of 10 teams in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County League, while North Midd slip to fifth.

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