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Brown full of praise for Hampstead seamer Muhammad Ahmed after Brondesbury win

PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 July 2018

The local cricket season is well underway (pic: George Sessions).

The local cricket season is well underway (pic: George Sessions).

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The Lymington Road club returned to winning ways on Saturday with a solid display with both bat and ball

Hampstead produced a solid bowling display on Saturday to get back on track in the Middlesex County League Premier Division with a win at home to Brondesbury.

After losing in disappointing fashion at Ealing the week before, Liam Hughes’ team were eager to produce a good response and did just that at their Lymington Road home.

It was visiting Brondesbury who won the toss and captain James Overy batted first, but they could only make 129 and the hosts’ chased it down for the loss of only two wickets.

Hampstead chairman Nick Brown said: “I was delighted to get the win, particularly after the disappointment of last time out at Ealing.”

Muhammad Ahmed did the main damage for the home side and eventually finished with superb figures of 6-43 off 12 overs.

Skipper Hughes picked up 2-11 and Mubasher Hassan’s 1-22 contributed towards the away side being all out in the 32nd over with Brondesbury captain James Overy carrying his bat for an unbeaten 48.

“The pre-lunch bowling spell by Muhammad Ahmed was superb and defined the match,” said Brown.

“He was the only seam bowler to get anything out of the wicket, he swung the ball and also got plenty of seam movement and was simply unplayable at times.”

Chasing a low total of 130 to win, Hampstead made a bad start when Oliver Redwood and Sam Evison were both out for ducks.

Opener Hassan showed his class, however, as he scored 54 off only 42 balls and Hughes hit an unbeaten 60 in even quicker time to get his side home in the 14th over.

Brown added: “We had a bit of a scare losing two quick wickets at the start, but Liam and Mubasher consolidated and then dominated the bowling attack and it was great to watch.”

Hampstead’s emphatic win sees them remain fourth in the table – seven points off third-placed North Middlesex and eight ahead of fifth in the standings Shepherds Bush.

Next up for Hughes’ team is a trip to Highgate, who are bottom and without a win in nine games.

The previous encounter on May 26 saw Hampstead win by 59 runs, but the strugglers are not to be underestimated.

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