Middlesex County League Premier Division: Andrew Wilson full of praise for Shepherds Bush squad after back-to-back wins
PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 June 2018
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The captain talked up the quality of the squad after seeing more players step up to help them defeat Teddington on Saturday
Shepherds Bush had a weekend to remember with the club securing two victories much to the delight of captain Andrew Wilson.
On Saturday they travelled to Teddington in the Middlesex County League Premier Division and dismissed the hosts for 149 before winning by five wickets.
A day later, on Sunday, another fine bowling display saw Barnes all out for 69 in the third round of the Middlesex knock-out cup and Bush won by nine wickets to cap a great couple of days for the club.
Wilson, when reflecting on the result at Teddington, said: “It was an incredibly pleasing result for me as captain.
“Our bowlers bowled patient, troubling lines to set up the win while the batsmen went about the chase in a calm and clinical manner.
“What’s great is that different players keep stepping up when needed and the team atmosphere is in a great place.”
The chief destroyer for Bush on Saturday was James Kidson, who claimed incredible figures of 6-34 from 17.5 overs.
Nick Pryde batted impressively for Teddington, but he was the last man out for 87 as they were dismissed for 149 in the 48th over.
“Having lost the toss, they went in to bat on a very true wicket and Ed Morse (2-23) and Dexter Marsh (1-36) took the new ball and bowled excellently at the top with Morse taking two and Dexter applying good pressure,” said Wilson.
“Teddington skipper Nick Pryde was solid against seam and spin and did well to keep the scoreboard ticking.
“However, the introduction of James Kidson with the ball changed the game, applying consistent pressure against each new batsman that came to the crease.
“James ended up with a very well deserved 6-34, showing why he was second leading wicket taker in the Premier last year and we bowled Teddington out for 149, which included an excellent 87 from Nick Pryde.”
Chasing 150 to win, Bush made a terrible start and saw wicket-keeper opener Jack Brydon out lbw for a golden duck.
After one ball they were 0-1, but Robbie Watts struck a patient 66 and youngster Idris Otto-Mian added to his growing reputation with an unbeaten 33 to see his team over the line in the 47th over for the loss of only five wickets.
Wilson added: “When Teddington struck with their first ball of the innings, it made 149 look slightly intimidating.
“But Robbie batted with maturity and patience, occupying the crease and being the bedrock of the innings with 66 runs to his name.
“The middle order batted around him and the run chase was knocked off relatively comfortably, helped by a very steady knock of 33 not out from 15-year-old Idris.”