Wilson hopes Shepherds Bush are spurred on by memory of previous meeting with Ealing
PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 June 2018
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Bromyard Avenue outfit drew with Hampstead in league last time out
Shepherds Bush captain Andrew Wilson hopes memories of a narrow defeat to Ealing last season will spur his team on to victory when the sides meet again in the Middlesex County League Premier Division on Saturday.
When the sides last met in September last year, the Bromyard Avenue outfit were all out for 115, but only lost by a single wicket.
Wilson says that narrow defeat is still fresh in the memory of the minds of some of the Bush squad, but wants the players to use that as motivation this weekend to secure a home win.
“We are slightly down on personnel for various reasons, but the side is raring to go for a bit of a local derby,” said Wilson
“We took Ealing very close in the same format last year, taking nine wickets in a low scoring thriller which I’m sure will have stayed in everyone’s memory.”
Bush host Ealing off the back of drawing with Hampstead last weekend, collecting two points for their efforts.
After losing the toss and being put into the field, the Bromyard Avenue side were all out for 299, with half-centuries for both Alex Blofeld (80) and Ali Easton (63).
Dexter Marsh then took 5-70 with the ball, but Hampstead closed on 282-9 in reply with Bush unable to claim the final wicket.
“Our game with Hampstead didn’t disappoint in terms of being a close encounter,” added Wilson.
“I don’t know why we always have such thrilling games with Hampstead, but it has been three nail-biters over the last three fixtures.
“Alex looked elegant and at ease as always and batted superbly on a pitch with a little bit in it at the start of the game.
“He, along with Ali, made batting look very easy, both turning over the strike and punishing the bad ball.
“Dexter has a knack of taking wickets in clumps, took two quick wickets to swing the balance back towards us after a good start by Hampstead with the bat.
“Ultimately it was a brilliant game, where the balance tipped either way throughout.
“Both sides enjoyed a few beers on the outfield after, acting as a good way to calm everyone’s nerves.
“The game was played hard and fair and was superb for the neutral.
“While we came so close, it was gutting to not get the full points but we played good cricket and will take that confidence and form into this week.”