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Overy frustrated after Brondesbury fail to bat out for draw at Bush

PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 July 2018

The cricket season is well underway (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

The cricket season is well underway (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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A 137-run loss at Bromyard Avenue saw Brondesbury drop to second bottom in the Middlesex County League Premier Division

James Overy was disappointed Brondesbury couldn’t bat out for a draw away to Shepherds Bush in the Middlesex County League Premier Division on Saturday.

Chasing 359 to win always seemed an improbable task, but with Ash Rath and Jordan Bethel at the crease, the visitors appeared in a strong position.

But when Rath went for 60 and Bethel quickly followed him back to the pavilion for 33, Brondesbury went from 135-2 to 142-4.

It gave Bush a chance and they managed to run through the lower order despite plenty of resistance from Sam Smith (29) and Anthony Wilkinson (19).

Overy said: “We were really disappointed not to bat out and get the draw on Saturday. It was a flat wicket and we should have got a draw.

“We didn’t have many overs left, so it was a tight finish and it wasn’t down to the guys at the end to save a draw, we should have done better at the top.”

A lot of the initial damage was done in the field with Bush putting on 106 for the first wicket with Jack Brydon smashed 60 off just 46 balls.

Once he was dismissed by Wilkinson (2-96), it brought Ollie James to the crease and he played wonderfully to score 105 not out.

Alex Blofield and Idris Otto-Mian were given a free license down the order and made the most of it with the former smashing 53 off 35 balls and the latter finished 48 not out from 32 balls.

It allowed Bush to declare on 358-4 off 63 overs and despite Brondesbury putting on 91 for the third wicket, they couldn’t bat out for a draw.

Skipper Overy added: “We let them get too many runs in the first 20 overs and knew it was always going to be difficult after the first innings.

“We did actually go out for the win and we were on course for a winning draw, but we didn’t bat well enough in the middle overs.

“Some of the wickets we lost were down to silly shots, so hopefully we can improve and do better this weekend against North Middlesex.”

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