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Middlesex County League Premier Division: Shepherds Bush captain Andrew Wilson expecting good contest with North Middlesex

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 June 2018

Shepherds Bush huddle together before a game (pic: Tom Forsdike)

Shepherds Bush huddle together before a game (pic: Tom Forsdike)

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Andrew Wilson is eager for Shepherds Bush to continue their good form when North Middlesex visit on Saturday in the Middlesex County League Premier Division.

The Bromyard Avenue club had a fantastic weekend last time out – triumphing away to Teddington in the top flight before a routine victory at home to Barnes on Sunday in the Middlesex knock-out cup.

It has boosted optimism at Bush ahead of hosting North Middlesex, who are fourth in the table and one place and two points better off than Wilson’s team.

“We are looking forward to Saturday’s game,” said the captain. “North Middlesex are a very strong side with some excellent individuals.

“But with the cricket we are currently playing and the team atmosphere, we go into the fixture in a really good place, so I think it could be a very good game.”

This fixture will act as a precursor for a last-eight tie in the knock-out cup which will take place on July 1 with North Middlesex the hosts.

Bush reached the quarter-finals with a comprehensive victory on Sunday at home to Division Two outfit Barnes.

Ali Easton recorded figures of 5-25 and Udayan Gaur took 3-11 to help dismiss the away side for only 69 inside 27 overs at Bromyard Avenue.

The hosts wasted little time in reply with wicket-keeper Jack Brydon smashing 51 off just 21 balls to see them home by nine wickets with only 5.4 overs needed.

Wilson added: “Ali proved to be a class above and it was an excellent nine-over spell and there was tidy bowling by Gaur, Ollie James (1-15) and Ed Price (1-16) as well.

“We bowled them out for 69 and it was always going to be hard to defend and Jack then proceeded to come out and go from ball one.

“It was a masterclass in clean striking and ensured we won by nine wickets with only five overs bowled.”

Sunday’s victory occurred after a fine performance at Teddington the day before where James Kidson’s 6-34 saw the hosts all out for 149 and 66 from Robbie Watts plus Idris Otto-Mian’s 33 not out saw Bush win by five wickets.

Wilson said: “The weekend has given us great forward momentum. I am incredible proud of the attitude and positivity shown by all the players. Everyone seems to be enjoying their cricket and it’s great to see.”

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