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Flowers’ power sets up North Midd win

Well-crafted knock helps club continue strong start to season

03 June, 2021

EVAN Flowers put in a well-crafted knock on Saturday as North Middlesex beat Richmond by 55 runs to continue their impressive start to the season in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Arriving at the crease at a pivotal moment in the match, Flowers lit up North Midd’s Park Road ground as he hit 66 runs off 64 balls, including two fours and five massive sixes.

Alex MacQueen also chipped in with a late stand of 40 as the hosts managed to put 191 runs on the board before losing their final wicket in the 43rd over.

Richmond made a bright start to their innings, but a couple of quick wickets – Will Vanderspar trapping Greg King lbw before catching William Phillips off Fergal Walter’s bowling – left the visitors struggling on 35-2.

MacQueen then added to his performance with the bat by taking two wickets as Richmond slumped to 63-5.

Jeremy Warner then started to dominate with the ball in hand as he claimed three wickets at the expense of 40 runs to help North Midd get over the finishing line, Richmond bowled out for 136 in the 45th over.

The win leaves North Midd level on points with Crouch End at the top of the table with three wins from four games – the only points the two sides have dropped coming in their match against each other that was cancelled because of rain.

Elsewhere, Hampstead finally netted their first victory of the season courtesy of a two-wicket home win over Twickenham.

With runs proving hard to come by, Don Manuwelge did well to top-score with 59 for Twickenham, who were bowled out for 157 after 49 overs. Hampstead shared the wickets around with Prince Singh (2-22), Ben Lockrose (2-31) and Rich Banham (2-36) all collecting a couple each.

In testing conditions, opener Beckham Wheeler-Greenall, who went on to hit 57, and skipper Callum Jackson, who came in at number three to score 42, took Hampstead to 102-2.

However, getting their first win on the board still proved nail-biting. Thirteen runs from Lockrose, and an unbeaten partnership between Andy Collier and Jamie Litherland, who hit 10 and nine runs respectively, proved crucial as Hampstead edged to their winning score of 158-8 in the 36th over.

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