Overy provides foundation for Brondesbury’s winning draw

James Overy

James Overy - Credit: Archant

Middlesex County Cricket League - Division Two Brondesbury (4pts) 221-9 Brentham (1) 163-7

Vice-captain James Overy struck his second league century of the season on Saturday as Brondesbury collected a four-point draw to go second in the Division Two table.

Overy anchored the innings after Brondesbury had been put in to bat, racking up 104 before he was eventually caught and bowled by Jaisreet Bajwa.

The remainder of the visitors’ batting line-up found runs harder to come by against Bajra (3-48) and Tim Dunscraft (4-76), with Hugh Gimber (15), Simon Butler (17) and Neil Durand (15) all unable to build on their promising starts.

Brondesbury were indebted to a lower-order flourish from Ali Raza (23), Buddy Mason (18 not out) and Glen Read (9), who enabled them to post 221-9 declared from 50 overs.

Brentham’s reply got off to a shaky start, with Ashwin Kapoor falling to David Miller (2-27) for a duck and Read (4-51) bowling fellow opener Nish Patel (6).

Jazz Rehal (67) took the fight to Brondesbury with some big hitting and, in tandem with home skipper Luke Budden (47), looked as if he might engineer a successful run chase.

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But Brondesbury captain John Fosbraey (1-32) eventually accounted for Rehal, while Read removed Budden, Matthew Lowen (29) and Daniel Saggers without scoring.

The home side also lost Ravi Patel (0) to Miller and they shut up shop, with Imran Hamidon (4no) and Bajwa (4no) steering them to a draw at 163-7.

The following day, a half-century from Simon Butler steered Brondesbury to a seven-wicket victory over Essex League side South Woodford in the Conference Cup.

South Woodford decided to bat first at Harman Drive, but were unable to gain any momentum as they were bowled out for 153 in 40 overs, despite Shaun Gymer’s knock of 61.

Brondesbury’s bowlers shared the wickets around, with Sam Smith taking 2-35, Awais Shah 2-18, Daniel Hubbard 2-35 and Darren Stones 2-15.