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Batsmen must step up for Brondesbury

PUBLISHED: 13:02 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:16 24 August 2010

BRONDESBURY V SOUTHGATE
PHOTO'S BY GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS
DATE: 24/05/2008.

BRON'S IRFAN AHAMED.

BRONDESBURY V SOUTHGATE PHOTO'S BY GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS DATE: 24/05/2008. BRON'S IRFAN AHAMED.

GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS

BRONDESBURY S batsmen failed to perform against Teddington on Saturday as the Harman Drive side slumped to their first Premier Division defeat of the season. Five Brondesbury players passed 20 but none went on to craft a sizeable knock, with stand-in skip

BRONDESBURY'S batsmen failed to perform against Teddington on Saturday as the Harman Drive side slumped to their first Premier Division defeat of the season.

Five Brondesbury players passed 20 but none went on to craft a sizeable knock, with stand-in skipper Tom Simpson top scoring on 31 as they were bowled out for just 189.

"The wicket was a bit of a pudding and it wasn't easy to bat on, but probably better than we expected," admitted a disappointed Simpson.

"The guys didn't apply themselves properly - there were too many 20s and that's not good enough. I felt we were probably 20 short of where we should have been."

Brondesbury were put in to bat and, despite losing Rob Lynch, bowled by Tom Savill for eight, Simpson and Justin le Fort guided them to a steady 69-1.

Both fell in rapid succession to Michael King (3-42) and wickets began to fall regularly, with Ben Claypole hitting a brisk 26 before he was caught off Middlesex's Dawid Malan.

Nick Jones went for four and Ed Crowther (23) and Tom Nicoll (12) were both dismissed by Terry Savanha (2-60) to leave Brondesbury staring down the barrel at 140-7.

Irfan Ahmed provided some resistance with a determined 25 and, with the help of Matt Cox and Rob Nelson, he lifted Brondesbury to 189 all out before Savill (4-46) cleaned up the tail.

And Malan got Teddington off to a flyer in pursuit of their target, hitting seven fours and three sixes as he rattled up 63 in just 48 deliveries.

Claypole took some early punishment, but recovered to snare all the top three, including Malan, who was eventually caught behind by Lynch at 100-3.

Ben Duncan (58) kept the momentum going for Teddington and, in tandem with Nishel Patel, took the visitors to within 27 runs of victory when Brondesbury staged a late fightback.

Seamer Irfan Ahmed (2-4) captured the wickets of both batsmen and, when Nicoll dismissed both Elliot Hill and Harry Lloyd for ducks, Teddington were suddenly wobbling at 171-7.

But a couple of huge sixes from Savill (16 not out) took them across the finish line at 191-7 with eight balls to spare - and top of the table in the process.

"Malan took the game away from us in the first few overs - that's where we probably lost the game and I probably should have changed it a bit quicker," Simpson reflected.

"Tom and Irfan nearly clawed it back for us - they're settling in nicely and it's good experience for them.

"But we need to step it up. We're just a bit short of where we need to be and things need to come together sooner rather than later.


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