Brondesbury captain Overy hopes to kick-start season against Finchley

Brondesbury captain James Overy (Pic: Brondesbury CC)

Brondesbury captain James Overy (Pic: Brondesbury CC) - Credit: Archant

Brondesbury captain James Overy is hoping National Cup victory over Hornchurch will kick-start their season ahead of clash with local rivals Finchley. 

Overy and his side will welcome fellow strugglers Finchley to Harman Drive on Saturday as they both search for their first win of the season in the Middlesex County Cricket Premier Division. 

“We played top sides so far, but Finchley are obviously in the Premier League for a reason, and there isn’t any easy games,” Overy said. 

“They certainly won’t be an easy one, they’re a good side, but we’re confident that if we do play how we should that we can give anyone a good game and even beat anyone. 

“We’ll be worrying about what we can control and hopefully we now have some momentum going.” 

They head into the clash on the back of a six wicket defeat to Teddington in the league last time out. 

Lost the toss and put in to bat where they were bowled out for 128 with Daniel Raats (33) and Joss Morgan (29) top scoring. 

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In reply, Teddington scored 129-4 to seal the victory with the wickets being spread around the Brondesbury team. 

“In the league we’ve been tested and put up against what most people would expect to be the three best sides in the league so it’s been a challenging start. 

“It’s given us an idea of what those top sides are like and that’s where we want to be. We still do consider ourselves a strong side in this division however we haven’t had the results so that has been disappointing.” 

The following day they bagged a 76 run victory over Hornchurch in the National Cup as they posted a score of 195-2 with Overy (52) and Raats (85) leading the charge before bowling their opponents out for 119 thanks to Nayan Doshi (3-19) and Saiam Shukat (2-18). 

“To get a win against a Premier League side like Hornchurch, who did the treble two years ago, which means they’re a strong side and it meant quite a lot to us to go there and put on a good batting display then back it up with the ball. 

“Hopefully that has kick started things and we can push on from here.” 

He added: “It was nice to go there with no real preconceived ideas of what players do or how good they are, we went there with complete freshness, and it was nice to go out with a nothing to lose attitude. 

“The National Cup is a big competition but until you get further down the line you don’t think about winning it, so it was a free hit really, and we played outstanding and would have beat a lot of sides with the way we played."