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Overy admits Brondesbury face huge game at Highgate

PUBLISHED: 14:00 09 August 2018

The latest news from the local cricket scene (pic: Jacob Ranson)

The latest news from the local cricket scene (pic: Jacob Ranson)

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Harman Drive outfit secured a ‘winning’ draw at Teddington last weekend

Brondesbury captain James Overy knows Saturday’s game at Highgate will have a huge bearing on the battle to survive in the Middlesex County Premier Division.

The pair head into Saturday’s meeting in the bottom two in the table, with the Harman Drive outfit ninth and 16 points back from Twickenham in eighth.

With just four games left in the term, the loser of Saturday’s clash would face an almighty battle to avoid the drop.

And with that in mind, Overy fully acknowledges how important it is to triumph this weekend.

“It’s a big game for us on Saturday and one with a lot riding on it, so it’s exciting,” he said.

“Because a win matters so much to both teams, we’ll be treating it like a cup fixture and trying to keep it tight with the ball, while setting a good score with the bat.

“There’s a good feeling around the club after last weekend and hopefully that has given us the confidence to get the win.

“If we can triumph, hopefully it’s the start of a good run of form over the final few games of the season.”

Brondesbury will hope for another strong display from Robert Nelson after he took 5-74 in a ‘winning’ draw at Teddington last Saturday.

With Sam Smith absent for Saturday’s trip to Highgate, another good haul from Nelson may be required.

But for now, Overy was simply happy to praise the Brondesbury stalwart for his performance last weekend.

“Robert was probably the catalyst for our good bowling display against Teddington,” he added.

“He might be 48, but he’s probably the most energetic and enthusiastic person in the squad and that rubs off on others.

“His hat-trick just before tea swung the game back in our favour and we’re looking forward to having his experience with us for the rest of the season.”

Overy was also impressed with a 150-run stand between Steven Martin (87) and Shailen Assani (70).

“We’ve probably missed big partnerships this season. They both played really mature in their innings,” said the skipper.

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