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Middlesex County League Premier Division: Shepherds Bush captain Andrew Wilson hoping for another memorable trip to Teddington

PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 June 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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After losing away to Richmond last weekend, Bush will be on the road again on Saturday, but have fond 2017 memories of Bushy Park

Andrew Wilson is hoping to see Shepherds Bush repeat their result at Teddington from last year when they go to Bushy Park this weekend.

The Bromyard Avenue outfit won by 69 runs on June 24 2017 in the Middlesex County League Premier Division and will be looking to return to winning ways on Saturday after a loss last time out.

Bush travelled to Richmond at the weekend, but could only manage to score 184-9 with the bat and the hosts chased it down with seven wickets in hand, so an improvement is required at Bushy Park.

Wilson said: “We feel we have a strong squad with a lot of talent to pick from and feel we will bounce back from our defeat last weekend.

“Teddington are always a strong side, but we remember our trip there last year and will be looking forward to something similar again.

“It will be good to get back out there in the whites and we look forward to the challenge of the timed format.”

After five games of 50-over cricket, the Premier Division will now be all-day fixtures and 11am starts for the next couple of months.

Bush ended their opening run of one-day clashes with a defeat at Richmond, although Wilson took some positives from the performance.

15-year-old Idris Otto-Mian showed his potential with the bat by top scoring with 58 off 94 balls with the next highest knock 27 from Alex Blofield.

After setting 185 for victory, Bush made a fine start thanks to Dexter Marsh with the opening bowler claiming 3-20, but William Sobczak (61*) and Abhishek Jhunjhunwala (76*) steadied the ship for the hosts and Richmond got over the line in the 37th over.

Wilson added: “We lost what turned out to be a fairly important toss on a tacky pitch that was tricky to bat on at the top.

“Richmond’s two opening bowlers did bowl in good areas and used the pitch well, but Blofield batted well for 27 while Idris led the rebuild with a well deserved fifty.

“We finished on 184 after 50 overs – a total we thought would not be easy to chase and Dexter led the charge with the ball and took three fairly quick wickets.

“At 49-3, the game was very much in the balance, but Sobczak and Jhunjhunwala both batted very well and guided Richmond to a comfortable win in the end.

“While we felt the pitch got better throughout the day under the sun, those two batted excellently on a track which was spinning and they probably showed us how we should have batted.

“We took some positives from it, but Richmond were certainly better on the day and were a very organised outfit.”

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