Brondesbury captain Overy urging batsmen to start stepping up

J Overy of Brondesbury (L) during Finchley CC vs Brondesbury CC (batting), ECB National Club Champio

J Overy of Brondesbury (L) during Finchley CC vs Brondesbury CC (batting), ECB National Club Championship Cricket at Arden Field on 12th May 2019 - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Brondesbury captain James Overy is urging his squad to start backing up the bowlers with much better batting performances. 

Overy and his side make the short trip to local rivals Hampstead on Saturday as they look to end their miserable run of form which has predominantly been down to poor batting displays throughout the campaign. 

“We have been really good in the field, we’ve had good energy and the bowlers have done a fantastic job, and at the moment we just haven’t quite clicked with the bat,” Overy said. 

“I don’t think there is any issue with quality, the players are there, and we just have to go and do it now. We’re not hiding away, we have failed, we can make excuses but we need to go out and sort it. 

“There is a long of cricket to be played, a lot can change, and it has to change as we need to back our bowlers up with the bat. 

“If we can get both clicking then we’re a very good cricket side but at this level if you have a bad spell you get punished.” 

He added: “I don’t think our problem is the opposition, it’s us, we’ve got the quality to beat anyone but we’re beating ourselves. 

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“Hampstead will be no different to anyone that we play, we know if we play our best we can win, but it’s a local derby and something we look forward to every year.” 

It was a 58-run defeat to Shepherds Bush after winning the toss and electing to field first where their opponents posted a score of 134 before being bowled out with Nayan Doshi (6-42) the stand-out with the ball. 

In reply, Brondesbury could only muster up 76 before being bowled out with Amartya Kaul (29) top scoring to leave them with 0 points. 

“The result wasn’t very good, the performance, well the first half was very good and I think that’s as well as we’ve played in the field, the bowlers were outstanding and that’s kind of been the case all season. 

“Our bowlers have been excellent, we restricted a very good side, Shepherd’s Bush are second in the league and the fact that we dominated that game for a long period and to bowl them out for 134 was a great effort. 

“We were then 50-2 at tea and if we’re being honest with ourselves we have to win that game of cricket."