NORTH MIDDLESEX strengthened their grip on third place in the Premier Division of the Kingspan Middlesex County Cricket League by romping to a 148-run win at home to basement side Southgate on Saturday.
Luke Hollman (73) led the way for North Middlesex as they declared on 220-9 after being put in to bat.
Rob Fahrenheim (49), Evan Flowers (36) and Adam Holmes (32) also made substantial contributions, while Rashid Mullahzadah (4-80) and Ashely Sivarajah bowled well for Southgate.
However, a fantastic performance with the ball from North Middlesex ensured that the struggling visitors never looked like reaching their target as they were dismissed for just 72.
Ethan Bamber (3-14) and Joel Hughes (2-21) made the initial inroads before Adam Price (4-13) mopped up the tail to seal a crushing triumph.
Meanwhile, Highgate saw their lead at the top of Division Two cut to 15 points even though they managed to hang on for a losing draw from their trip to third-placed Twickenham.
Rhys Davies (62) and Darshan Chohan (51) were the main contributors with the bat as Twickenham amassed 230 in the face of some fine bowling from Malik Shahid Sadiq (4-47).
But Highgate struggled in reply despite Shane McNamara’s 73 and had to battle hard to stave off defeat as they closed on 153-9. Clint McCabe (5-34) shone with the ball for the visitors.
Meanwhile, North London and Hornsey also had to make do with losing draws from their matches in Division Two.
Jordan Gregory (5-46) did well with the ball for North London as hosts Osterley made 219-9 batting first, but the visitors could only struggle to 157-9 in reply as they slipped back to the foot of the table.
And Hornsey are just two points clear of the drop zone following their clash at second-placed Enfield.
James Bull’s terrific innings of 113 helped Hornsey to post an imposing 288 off the maximum 55 overs, but Chris Long then hit an unbeaten 117 as Enfield made 238-4 off 43 overs in reply – and their faster rate of scoring enabled them to pick up the four points.
North Middlesex host Teddington on Saturday, while North London are at home to Barnes, Hornsey entertain Twickenham and Highgate host Osterley.