Hammering at Hampstead tips Brondesbury through the trapdoor

PUBLISHED: 15:22 05 September 2012

Byron Vermaak

Byron Vermaak


Three-time champions Brondesbury dropped out of the Middlesex County League Premier Division for the first time in ignominious fashion with a 237-run thrashing at Hampstead.

Brondesbury have been in the bottom two all season, winning just two games, and their fate was confirmed after they were rolled over for just 85 at Lymington Road.

The club have been ever-present members of the top flight since the league split into divisions in 1999, winning their first championship that year and following it up with further titles in 2000 and 2003.

Skipper Byron Vermaak led from the front after winning the toss, opting to field, and immediately dismissing Hampstead opener George Leadbetter for just a single.

But Vermaak and the rest of the Brondesbury attack could do little to stop Hampstead gaining the upper hand as Steve Clark and home captain Mark Divin added 124.

Clark (70) eventually fell to Sam Smith, but Jaahid Ali joined forces with Divin – who hammered 18 fours and four sixes in a superb knock of 145 before Ali Raza (2-44) prised him out leg before at 260-3.

Raza then removed Tom Green first ball and Hampstead suffered a mini-collapse as Tom Smith (1) and Mubasher Hassan (11) both fell to Awais Shah, but Ali (47) and Raoul Colvile (23 not out) hauled them to a colossal 322-7 from 66 overs.

Needing to score at almost five an over for the winning draw, Brondesbury were soon in trouble as Scott McKechnie (2) fell to Clark and James Overy reached 15 before he was leg before to Hanish Patel.

The visitors were wilting when the experienced Tom Simpson was run out for seven, and Brondesbury were unable to build partnerships, with Sam Smith (5) the next to depart to his namesake Tom (4-23).

Ali Raza offered some defiance, digging in for an innings of 22 while Hassan (3-21) removed Tommy Ricketts (4) and Awais Shah (0).

Adam Sargent also fell without scoring, stumped off Tom Smith, and Hassan accounted for Vermaak (6) before Smith rounded off Brondesbury’s misery with the wickets of Raza and Kishen Ladva (2).

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