North Middlesex survive fightback to beat Hampstead

Moran smashes 121 runs off 100 balls to give his side the edge in high-scoring clash

Wednesday, 1st June — By Steve Barnett

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THERE were some big batting performances on Saturday as North Middlesex got the better of Hampstead in a high-scoring clash in the top-flight of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Having been put in to bat at Lymington Road, North Midd made a solid start with opener David Heavyside carving out a well-taken half-century – scoring his 50 off just 28 balls.

Evan Flowers, in at number three, ensured the momentum stayed with the visitors as he racked up 70 runs, while Will Vanderspar was equally as impressive with his shot selection as he came in at number five and duly set about scoring 61.

But it was the man who arrived at the crease in between Flowers and Vanderspar – Matthew Moran – who really put North Midd in the driving seat, smashing 121 runs off 100 balls, including 10 fours and six sixes.

It was a day for batting, and Joel Hughes’s side delivered as they ended their allotted 50 overs on 381-6.

Hampstead were always going to be up against it, and their cause wasn’t helped by some fine bowling from David O’Sullivan, who picked up three early wickets to leave the home side struggling on 53-3.

O’Sullivan removed openers Callum Jackson and Ben Lockrose, along with Sam Smyth, as he ended the day boasting figures of three wickets at the expense of just 46 runs in a commanding seven-over spell.

Hampstead needed something special to reignite the contest, and it arrived in the shape of Steve McGiffin. In one of the best batting displays of the day, McGiffin hit 22 fours and two sixes on his way to amassing a mighty 143 runs.

With Oliver Grayson, who came in at number eight, also batting superbly to offer a late stand of 81, Hampstead certainly made a fight of it. But in the end their efforts proved in vain as North Midd won by 70 runs to move second behind Teddington in the Premier Division table.

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