Shepherds Bush chase third straight league win
PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 July 2018
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Bromyard Avenue host Finchley on Saturday after beating Highgate by 135 runs last time out
Shepherds Bush will go in search of a third straight win in the Middlesex County Premier Division on Saturday when they welcome Finchley.
Last weekend saw the Bromyard Avenue outfit deliver a devastating bowling display to win by 135 runs at Highgate.
Batting first after losing the toss, Bush were all out for 204 with a knock of 45 from opener and wicket-keeper Jack Brydon their top score.
Highgate got off to a solid start in reply and made it to 39 without loss, before a brutal spell of bowling saw them lose all 10 wickets for the addition of just 30 runs.
Dexter Marsh was tormentor-in-chief as he finished with figures of 6-28, while James Kidson took 4-18 from a miserly seven-over spell.
Of the win at Highgate, skipper Andrew Wilson said: “We arrived after a pretty heavy deluge, so the game was delayed as a considerable amount of water had got under the covers.
“Evidently, the game was going to be heavily decided by the team who won the toss as the weather was set hot for the day.
“Jack got us off to a good start with, playing positively as opposed to letting conditions dictate.
“However, when he fell, the middle order struggled on a slow, wet wicket against the Highgate seamers.
“Wickets fell quite regularly until Alex Blofield steadied the ship, taking on their young leg spinner Uzair Amjaid and counter-attacking.
“When he Alex in the 30s, we looked set to be bowled out for under 150.
“However, Ali Easton and Sam Howell battled brilliantly, demonstrating the excellent batting depth at the club.
“The pair put on a very valuable 57 for the ninth wicket with Ali finally being dismissed on 43.
“Highgate got off to a good start with the opening pair putting on 40 for the first wicket.
“On a small ground, we were starting to worry the pitch had flattened out and that we had lost a very costly toss.
“However, up stepped Dexter who, alongside James, tore through the remaining Highgate batsmen.
“The two bowled beautifully and constantly made the batsmen play. It was a masterclass from the two.
“It was great to see James back in the wickets, but also to see Dexter jump to the top of the league wicket takers ladder.
“He’s been absolutely superb so far this year and is the perfect seam bowler for a captain to have. His commitment to the side and his work ethic have been outstanding.”
The Bromyard Avenue outfit will hope for another strong performance with the ball on Saturday against Finchley.
Bush lost the previous meeting with Finchley by 84 runs in May.