Gloomy start to season for Hampstead

109-run defeat leaves Middlesex County Cricket League side second from bottom after three games

Thursday, 27th May 2021 — By Steve Barnett

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HAMPSTEAD are still awaiting their first win of the season as rain continues to play havoc with fixtures in the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Having seen their first match, away to Finchley, washed out, before losing their second against Crouch End by five wickets after weather conditions again affected play, the Hampstead players would have been forgiven for fearing the worst from any grey clouds looming over Old Deer Park on Saturday.

The Premier Division match did, however, go ahead – but this time it was hosts Richmond, as opposed to the weather, that frustrated Callum Jackson’s side.

Opener Greg King got Richmond off to the perfect start by hitting 62 runs off 61 balls, while further knocks of 59 by Adam London and 73 from Alex Griffiths saw the home side take control with a commanding score of 272-8 off 48 overs.

Ben Lockrose was the pick of the Hampstead bowlers as he took four wickets at the expense of 64 runs.

But Hampstead couldn’t match Richmond’s fluidity with the bat as they were bowled out for 163 after 40 overs – Sam Evison top-scoring for the visitors with just 27 runs. The 109-run defeat leaves Hampstead second from bottom after three games.

Elsewhere, the game between North Middlesex and Crouch End was cancelled due to the conditions.

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