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Cricket: Andrew Wilson hopes Shepherds Bush can maintain early momentum at home to Highgate in Middlesex County Premier Division

PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 May 2018

Shepherds Bush huddle together before a game (pic: Tom Forsdike)

Shepherds Bush huddle together before a game (pic: Tom Forsdike)

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Bromyard Avenue side enjoyed success in both league and ECB National Club Championship last weekend

Andrew Wilson hopes Shepherds Bush can maintain their early season momentum by beating Highate in the Middlesex County Premier Division on Saturday.

Bush began their league campaign with a three-wicket win away to local rivals Brondesbury last weekend.

The Bromyard Avenue outfit followed that up with a 75-run victory at Uxbridge the following day in the first round of the ECB National Club Championship.

It was a solid opening to the campaign for Bush, and skipper Wilson is hopeful of earning more good results this weekend.

“We will be looking forward to taking on Highgate in our next game in the league at Bromyard Avenue and welcoming Highgate for the first time since I’ve been captain,” he said.

“Hopefully we can take our momentum from this weekend forward and make it two from two.”

Against Brondesbury in the league last weekend, Bush got their campaign off to a flyer with an away win.

After the visitors won the toss and elected to field, Ali Easton took 2-38 with the ball as they restricted their hosts to 192-7.

Alex Blofield then finished unbeaten on 72 in reply for the Bromyard Avenue side as they successfully completed their chase in the 48th over.

Wilson was thrilled with the opening-day league success, adding: “It was great to finally get a proper game of cricket in.

“It’s always tough to go to Brondesbury, they have a seam attack that bowls consistent areas while they have a few batsmen who can really take the game away from you.

“However, I was really pleased to see the patience and accuracy from our opening bowlers as well as the ever effective James Kidson and new recruit Ali.

“Our depth in batting was well evidenced by Alex’s unbeaten score to win the game and chase what had seemed like a very unlikely win at 80-5.

“I was really impressed by his maturity and match awareness and am excited to see what he can do this year with bat and ball.”

On Sunday, Bush progressed to the second round of the ECB National Club Championship by beating Uxbridge.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, half-centuries from Tom Cox (69) and Marcus Howards (50) helped the visitors close on 219-5.

Skipper Wilson then took 3-7 from just four overs with the ball to help restrict Uxbridge to 144-9 in their chase.

Bush will now host Stanmore in the second round this Sunday, and Wilson was happy to see the team progress.

“Our Sunday clash with Uxbridge was not a classic, but patient batting from Tom, Henry Don and Marcus helped us to a good score on a slow outfield.

“Uxbridge started well in reply, but once we found the breakthrough, Gabriel Woodford and Ali kept the pressure up and took consistent wickets, enabling us to get home quite easily in the end.

“Far from full strength, it was good to see us through to the next round.”

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