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Hampstead are hit for first defeat by Barrett’s 132

Finchley batsman’s brilliant batting display clinches victory, while North Middlesex return to winning ways

02 June, 2017

A MIGHTY knock of 132 not out by Finchley batsman Joe Barrett condemned Hampstead to their first defeat of the season on Saturday in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, Hampstead were dealt an early blow when their opener and skipper for the day, George Adair, departed with just 17 runs to his name after being bowled by Barrett.

The visitors recovered thanks to a solid partnership between Garth Davison, who scored 65 runs, and Sam Evison, who chipped in with 45.

With Matthew Watson adding 29 runs, and Jonathan Dunne (18 runs) and Ollie Steele (14) both hitting double figures, Hampstead managed to score 236-9 off their 50 overs.

But hopes that it would be a winning score were dashed by brilliant batting from Barrett.

The big-hitter smashed 132 runs off just 126 balls in a mammoth innings that included 10 fours and two sixes.

With skipper Jake Milton also batting well to score 41, Finchley recorded 237-4 off 42 overs to seal a commanding six-wicket victory.

Saturday’s top flight action also saw North Middlesex return to winning ways thanks to a solid opening partnership between Will Vanderspar and Joe Cracknell.

Having lost to Teddington in their previous outing, North Midd looked back to their best as they beat rivals Shepherds Bush by 92 runs.

Vanderspar and Cracknell took North Midd passed 140 before the fall of their first wicket. Vanderspar scored 53 runs off just 76 balls, including seven fours, while Cracknell smashed 86 runs off 90 balls, including 13 fours and a six.

The hosts finished their innings just as strongly as started them with an unbeaten partnership between Charlie MacLeod (31 not out) and Liam O’Driscoll (30 not out) seeing them end their 50-over spell on 290-5.

Shepherds Bush opener Jack Brydon threatened to undo all of North Midd’s good work with the bat as he pilled on the runs in a magnificent showing with the bat. He hit 110 off 122 balls in a rapid-fire knock that including 13 fours and a six before being well caught by Cracknell off Joel Hughes.

But without any real support, Brydon’s efforts proved in vain as Andrew Wilson’s side were bowled out for 198 runs in the 45th over.

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