North Midd five runs short as lead at top of table is cut

Thursday, 5th August 2021 — By Steve Barnett

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THE rain wreaked havoc with the top-flight fixtures in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League on Saturday with three of the five scheduled matches being abandoned.

Leaders North Middlesex did manage to complete their match away at Richmond, but after missing out on victory by just five runs it proved an afternoon even more frustrating than the weather.

In-form North Midd skipper Joel Hughes again proved the dangerman, picking up five wickets at the expense of 43 runs as Richmond were bowled out for just 118 runs.

In reply, Tom Heathfield’s opening knock of 36 and Hassan Khan’s unbeaten 31 moved North Midd to within touching distance of the win. But in the end they just ran out of time as they ended play on 114-8, leaving them with a four-point draw instead of the full 10 points they so desperately craved.

To make matters worse, title rivals Teddington managed to beat Shepherd’s Bush by 83 runs, meaning that North Midd’s lead at the top of the table is now just nine points.

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