Six more wickets for Hughes as North Midd beat title rivals
Skipper has been instrumental in guiding his side to the top of the table
Thursday, 29th July 2021 — By Steve Barnett
JOEL Hughes again proved to be the pivotal player for North Middlesex on Saturday as they toppled title rivals Crouch End in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.
For the second time in three weeks Hughes picked up a six-wicket haul, this time at the expense of just 52 runs as Crouch End were skittled out for 140.
The North Midd skipper has been instrumental in guiding his side to the top of the table, having previously taken 6-30 against Brondesbury, and a stonking 8-25 against Ealing.
This time Hughes helped seal an 85-run victory against Crouch End at North Midd’s Park Road ground after Matthew Cracknell and James Parslow had earlier laid the groundwork for the home side with the bat.
Opener Cracknell displayed patient shot selection as he hit 71 runs off 144 balls, while Parslow whacked four fours and two sixes on his way to 64 as North Midd scored 225-9.
The win puts North Midd 15 points clear of Crouch End with six games to go.
Meanwhile, Hampstead were beaten by just 11 runs in their home match against Richmond.
Tanmay Thanawalla was in exceptional form for the visitors as he scored 107 of Richmond’s 238 runs at Lymington Road, West Hampstead. It was a mighty knock that saw Thanawalla hit 12 fours and two sixes in his 148-ball stay at the crease.
Hampstead skipper Ben Frazer was, however, even more ruthless with the bat as he scored 104 off just 113 balls, smashing 14 fours and three sixes along the way.
But in the end his efforts proved in vain as the hosts were agonisingly bowled out for 227.
The defeat leaves Hampstead in eighth place in the 10-team table.