Derby delight for Highgate as they ease past North London

By Dominique Stafford in Cricket

HIGHGATE secured the local bragging rights on Saturday as they eased to a seven-wicket win at North London which maintained their place at the top of Division Two of the Kingspan Middlesex County Cricket League.

The table-toppers produced an excellent performance in the field after putting North London into bat as they dismissed their hosts for 155.

David Monk (3-32 and Scott Elstone (3-49) were the most successful bowlers, while Hussain Shabbir and Tom Wakeford top-scored for the hosts with 36 apiece.

Highgate lost two early wickets in reply, but Christopher Arul (71 not out) and Elstone (71) then shared in a stand of 140 for the third wicket which took them to the brink of victory as they eased to 157-3.

Elsewhere in Division Two, 16-year-old Ben Waine hit the last ball of the match for six to seal Hornsey’s first win of the season in dramatic fashion.

Playing at high-flying Harrow St Mary’s, Hornsey did well with the ball to dismiss their hosts for 168 – with Paul Weekes (3-63) and Tahmid Islam (3-49) doing much of the damage.

Weekes then continued his fine day by making 70 in the visitors’ reply, but the result remained in doubt right until Waine’s last-gasp heroics helped Hornsey make it to 173-8 to seal a two-wicket victory. Syed Khawar Ali Kazmi (6-63) shone with the ball for Harrow St Mary’s.

Meanwhile, North Middlesex eased to a 63-run triumph at Hampstead in the Premier Division.

James Parslow (82) and Evan Flowers (73) shared in a stand of 151 for the third wicket as the visitors posted a total of 280 batting first.

This total proved far too much for a Hampstead side who could only reach 217 in reply, with Tom Nicoll (4-66) and Luke Hollman (3-42) being the pick of the bowlers.

North Middlesex host Stanmore on Saturday, while Hornsey entertain North London and Highgate go to Indian Gymkhana.

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