Jackson starts in style by smashing a century

Seven-wicket victory for Hampstead on first day of the new season

Thursday, 12th May — By Steve Barnett


CALLUM Jackson helped Hampstead start their season in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League in spectacular style on Saturday as he hit a century against Richmond.

Chasing 305 runs to win at Lymington Road, Jackson opened the batting for the hosts and duly set about scoring 110 runs off 101 balls in a mighty knock that included 13 fours and a six.

Sam Smyth also batted well for 71, while an unbeaten partnership between Steve McGiffin, who scored 54 not out, and Mubasher Hassan, 43 not out, saw Hampstead reach 308-3 in the 47th over to seal a seven-wicket victory.

Having been put in to bat first, Richmond had earlier scored 304-9 from their allotted 50 overs, with Kshitij Desai igniting the contest with 108 runs off just 80 balls, smashing 11 fours and four sixes along the way.

A smart catch from Oliver Grayson off Hassan’s bowling eventually brought Desai’s innings to an end. Further catches from wicket-keeper Jackson and Scott Barlow saw Hassan end the afternoon with three wickets to his name at the expense of 56 runs.

Skipper Ben Frazer (2-25) and Ben Lockrose (2-61) also picked up two wickets apiece.

Elsewhere, Alex MacQueen top-scored for North Middlesex as they started their campaign with an impressive win away to Hornsey. MacQueen recorded eight fours and three sixes in a stand that saw the North Midd opener hit 79 runs off 117 balls. He narrowly outscored teammate Matthew Moran, who, in at number five, added a vital 76 runs to the overall total as the visitors ended their 50-over innings on 294-9.

David O’Sullivan helped make sure it was a winning score as he removed Hornsey openers Garfield Struthers (for eight runs) and Lesbourne Edwards (for two) on his way to earning figures of 3-29 in a commanding 7.5-over spell.

Skipper Joel Hughes (2-19) and Will Vanderspar (2-23) also took two wickets each as Hornsey were bowled out for 159 in the 38th over, handing North Midd victory by 135 runs.

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