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Middlesex County League Premier Division: Brondesbury visit Finchley in ‘good place’ with captain James Overy optimistic of success

PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 June 2018

Nick Jones walks off after scoring 102 not out to guide Brondesbury to an eight-wicket win over Hornsey (pic: Brondesbury CC).

Nick Jones walks off after scoring 102 not out to guide Brondesbury to an eight-wicket win over Hornsey (pic: Brondesbury CC).

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The Harman Drive club achieved two positive results last weekend and were backed by a decent crowd during Sunday’s knock-out cup clash

Brondesbury captain James Overy is buoyed by the mood in their camp ahead of Saturday’s Middlesex County League Premier Division fixture away to Finchley.

The Harman Drive club extended their unbeaten run to three games last weekend with two positives results in different competitions.

On Saturday they picked up five points from a winning draw at home to Highgate and a day later defeated Hornsey by eight wickets to qualify for the last-eight of the Middlesex knock-out cup.

After a great weekend, Overy said: “On Sunday there were quite a few people there supporting us and genuinely happy to see others doing well.

“I think players in the squad are being motivated by seeing their team-mates doing well and they want to experience the same feeling, so things are good.

“We have the quarter-final tie at Teddington (July 1) coming up soon, so everyone is excited about that, but first is Finchley away and that’s another game we will look to do well in.”

Only four points separates the two teams in the Premier Division heading into match day seven of the 2018 season.

Finchley are sixth with a points tally of 22 and Brondesbury are seventh on 18 and Overy believes the league is extra competitive this year.

The difference between third and bottom is only 21 points and the Harman Drive club know they must approach every fixture with a positive mindset.

“I think the league is stronger this year compared to last season and is the strongest it has been for a while,” said Overy.

“Every team can beat each other and there is no stand-out weak side, so I don’t think anyone will go into games thinking they can’t win.

“We feel we can beat everyone, especially with the way our batting and bowling is right now because there is good competition for places.

“We have everyone available for Saturday, so I’m confident we can go to Finchley and get another good result.”

Brondesbury had to settle for a draw at home to Highgate last weekend after scoring 263 all out and restricting the visitors to 197-8, but they did win on Sunday with Nick Jones hitting 102 not out to knock off Hornsey’s 201-8.

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