Middlesex County League Premier Division: Highgate’s Johan de Silva full of praise for Shepherds Bush rival Dexter Marsh

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 May 2018

Highgate in batting action in the Middlesex County League (pic: Michael Clarke/Highgate CC).

Highgate in batting action in the Middlesex County League (pic: Michael Clarke/Highgate CC).


The Shepherd’s Cot side were struggling last weekend before rain halted play just as the lower order were staging a fight back

Highgate’s Johan de Silva praised the bowling of Shepherds Bush seamer Dexter Marsh after he picked up 6-31 during their abandoned Middlesex County League Premier Division clash on Saturday.

The newly promoted club travelled to Bromyard Avenue for their second fixture of the season, but rain forced the fixture to end early.

It was not exactly bad timing for Highgate, considering they were struggling on 89-8 off 22 overs, but they were hoping to stage a fight back.

“Unfortunately Saturday didn’t quite go our way following the loss of a crucial toss,” said de Silva.

“We were in a spot of bother on a helpful deck at Bromyard Avenue against an organised Shepherds Bush side.

“Dexter Marsh was impressive with the ball for the Bush, picking up 6-31 from the seven overs he bowled, including a hat-trick.

“Unfortunately, some poor shot selection and good new ball bowling saw us collapse to 43-6, but we did well to recover to 89-8 before the rain halted proceedings.”

Things could have been a lot worst for Highgate had wicket-keeper Phil Knott not stuck around for 52 balls.

He could only manage 15 not out, but struck up decent partnerships with number eight Craig Gourlay (14) and number nine Malik Shahid Sadiq (17).

Although far from easy, Highgate were hoping to get up to a competitive score, but de Silva acknowledged it was a good bowling effort from the hosts.

“Credit to Phil Knott and the lower order for keeping us in the game from 43-6,” said Highgate’s All Stars Cricket and Schools Recruitment lead.

“We do believe, on a track which had some variable bounce in it, that we would have been able to perform well with the ball, so in some ways it was a shame that Saturday’s game was interrupted by the weather.

“It may well have been a low-scoring thriller. Either way, we wish Shepherds Bush well for the rest of the season.”

Highgate will look to draw on the positives of this clash and show their mettle at the weekend against North Middlesex.

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