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Hampstead will regroup and aim to bounce back at Brondesbury, says chairman

PUBLISHED: 17:00 18 July 2018

Action from Hampstead's Middlesex County League Premier Division match with Shepherds Bush (pic: John Mennis).

Action from Hampstead's Middlesex County League Premier Division match with Shepherds Bush (pic: John Mennis).

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After a below-par showing against Ealing, Liam Hughes' team will look to respond on Saturday

Hampstead will look to put in a stronger performance this weekend when Brondesbury visit in the Middlesex County League Premier Division.

The Lymington Road outfit suffered a disappointing loss on Saturday at Ealing after they were dismissed for only 66 runs.

After a nine-wicket defeat, Liam Hughes’ team are now fifth in the table on 55 points ahead of hosting relegation-threatened Brondesbury and eager for a big reaction.

Nick Brown, Hampstead’s chairman, said: “There’s no way of hiding from the fact this is an embarrassing result and has effectively ended any thoughts we had at taking a run at the league.

“It’s impossible to say how much impact the toss had on the game. There was a delayed start due to water getting under the covers and no doubt we would have wanted to bowl first too.

“Whether the wicket made a difference or whether our batsmen played differently because they thought there were demons in the wicket, we will never know.

“But what is for sure is that our batting, which has been very strong all season, was blown away, so we will have to regroup and come back strongly this week.”

Hampstead will try to pick themselves up for their clash at home to Brondesbury and can draw positives from the last meeting on May 19.

A strong batting display saw Hughes’ team post 306-8 from 50 overs and in reply, the hosts were all out for 115.

The Lymington Road club will welcome a repeat at the weekend, but go into the game following their day to forget at second-placed Ealing.

After calling incorrectly at the toss, Hughes’ men were put into bat first and couldn’t deal with the efforts of the hosts’ bowlers.

Only two of Hampstead’s players made it into double figures with the captain top scoring with 30 from 45 balls and number nine Joe Cooke adding 13.

Four batsmen went without scoring and Ealing made light work of the chase – winning inside seven overs.

Scott Barlow did dismiss Chad Barrett, but could only record figures of 1-20 from three overs and Hampstead will seek a response at home to Brondesbury this weekend.

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