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Hampstead 'hampered with injuries' ahead of Shepherds Bush visit

PUBLISHED: 15:00 21 June 2018

An umpire looks on (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

An umpire looks on (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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The Lymington Road club will host Bush on Saturday missing a number of bowlers

Hampstead are a bit down on horsepower at the moment according chairman Nick Brown, but will go into this Saturday’s Middlesex County League Premier Division match with Shepherds Bush with plenty of confidence.

The Lymington Road club lost by two wickets last weekend in a close contest away to high-flying Richmond despite scoring 332 with the bat.

Liam Hughes’ team failed to defend the total with several key bowlers either injured or unavailable, but Brown was happy with the performance and the loss leaves Hampstead fourth in the table after seven fixtures.

“We’re hampered at the moment with some injuries,” said chairman Brown. “Steve Clark couldn’t bowl against Richmond and Mubasher (Hassan) was the same.

“Matt Watson has damaged a finger and couldn’t play and when you add this to the fact George Adair and Sam Evison are unavailable right now, it shows we are a little bit down on horsepower.”

Although Hampstead were not at full strength with the ball on Saturday, they showed their class with the bat.

Richmond won the toss at Old Deer Park and fielded first which allowed Hughes’ men to rack up the runs.

Opener Hassan crunched 73 off 71 balls while number three Clark scored a brilliant century and made 109.

Captain Hughes added 52 at four and Rahoul Pankhania’s 32 helped Hampstead get up to 332 before they were all out in the 60th over of the innings.

Unfortunately it wasn’t to be enough despite the efforts of Will Roberts (3-77) and in particular Chris Beaumont-Dark, who bowled 17 overs for the loss of 91 runs and picked up two wickets.

Richmond opener William Phillips carried his bat to hit an unbeaten 153 and see his side home in the 60th over to hand Hampstead only their second loss of the season.

Brown added: “Overall I was really pleased with the performance and when needed, our senior players took responsibility and delivered with the bat.

“Sometimes you get beaten by individual excellence and Phillips didn’t give a chance and so unlike last week, we took all our chances and all we could do was shake his hand and say well played.”

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