Hampstead not far away from consistent run of results
PUBLISHED: 13:00 03 July 2019
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Shepherds Bush edged out Matt Watson's team by three wickets last weekend
Hampstead chairman Nick Brown is positive about the club's chances of getting on a positive run of form soon.
The Lymington Road club saw Shepherds Bush successfully chase down 245 to win in the Middlesex County Premier Division last weekend.
It leaves Hampstead seventh in the table with 31 points, but they are only two victories off fourth-place and optimistic they will climb the standings this month.
Chairman Brown said: "In spite of the run of bad results, I don't think we are that far away.
"We finally got consistency with the bat this week, plenty of guys got starts, but aside from Sam Evison, no one converted into 50-plus.
"If someone had done that we would have had 20 to 30 more and batted a few more overs, both of which would have made a win much more difficult for Shepherds Bush."
Hampstead captain Matt Watson won the toss at the weekend and decided to bat first at Bromyard Avenue.
After a shaky start, Callum Jackson (35) and Evison got together and put on 73 for the third wicket before the former was stumped.
This brought Rob Keen (35) and he was one of numerous players to get in, but also fail to kick on.
Evison passed fifty, but his 68-ball innings ended after seven fours and two sixes in a 54-run knock.
Ben Frazer added 32 batting at six and Suresh Peiris (20) and Watson (23) enabled them to get close to 250 before they were dismissed for 244.
James Kidson claimed 4-102 off 21 overs and Alex Blofield picked up 4-42 and in the end it helped Bush triumph.
Hampstead bowlers Scott Barlow (3-44) and Frazer (2-63) made inroads, but the hosts' got over the line in the 58th over of the innings.
It left Brown to reflect on the absence of Will Roberts and Rich Banham, although the latter should return for Teddington's visit this week.
The chairman said: "I don't think we bowled particularly well, certainly we've bowled better in other games and hopefully if Rich is back this Saturday we will have a bit more 'punch' with the new ball.
"He's been out for four weeks, Will the same and that's our new ball pair gone. Sadly Will won't be back for another week or two.
"The injuries have really impacted us badly and I've never known anything like it. We've previously had people unavailable because weddings etc, but we've had precious little of that this year, just the injuries, which has probably been worse."