Vanderspar shines as North Middlesex stay joint top of the table

By Dominique Stafford in Cricket

WILL VANDERSPAR shone with both bat and ball as North Middlesex eased to a 103-run victory at Southgate on Saturday to remain joint top of the Premier Division of the Kingspan Middlesex County Cricket League.

Vanderspar firstly top-scored with 67 after North Middlesex elected to bat first, helping them to amass 202-7 from their 50 overs.

The all-rounder then played a key role as Southgate were dismissed for just 99 in reply, ending with the outstanding figures of 4-18 from his ten overs.

Meanwhile, Highgate maintained their 100 per cent record in Division Two by edging to a dramatic one-run victory at home to Twickenham.

A high-scoring match saw Clint McCabe (83) and Khuman Mahavirsinh (51) play well for Twickenham as they amassed 277-9 from their 45 overs.

Highgate then appeared to be heading for a heavy defeat when they fell to 196-8 in reply with time running out, but Craig Gourlay led an astonishing fightback by smashing an unbeaten 61 off just 33 balls to help them reach 281-9 with just three balls to spare.

However, Hornsey and North London are both languishing at the wrong end of the table after suffering their second successive defeats.

Hornsey were beaten by eight wickets in their match at home to Enfield, being dismissed for 117 and then seeing their visitors race to 120-2 in just eight overs in reply.

And North London also lost by eight wickets when they entertained Osterley.

Sam Bardon (57) and Milo Jennings (44) played well for North London as they amassed 205 batting first, but Don Manuwelge’s 121 not out helped the visitors ease to 208-2 in reply.

North Middlesex go to Teddington on Saturday, while North London are at Barnes, Highgate visit Osterley and Hornsey make the trip to Twickenham.

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