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Bowlers boost Bush chances

PUBLISHED: 13:16 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:20 24 August 2010

SOUTH HAMPSTEAD V SHEPHERD'S BUSH
PHOTO'S BY GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS
DATE: 10/05/2008.

BUSH'S WILL SPEER

SOUTH HAMPSTEAD V SHEPHERD'S BUSH PHOTO'S BY GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS DATE: 10/05/2008. BUSH'S WILL SPEER

GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS

DEADLY duo Amit Suman and Will Speer ripped through the North London batting to keep Bush s promotion push on track in Division Two. The Bush pacemen reduced NL to 39-7 and, although they were held up by Maaz Haffeji s knock of 72, dismissed the hosts for

DEADLY duo Amit Suman and Will Speer ripped through the North London batting to keep Bush's promotion push on track in Division Two.

The Bush pacemen reduced NL to 39-7 and, although they were held up by Maaz Haffeji's knock of 72, dismissed the hosts for 155 to clinch a resounding victory.

That keeps the Bromyard Avenue side just ahead of Richmond in the race for promotion, although Speer believes they can still close an 18-point gap on leaders North Middlesex.

"Richmond still have to play North Middlesex, which could be a factor, and we can't control what they do, but we can control our own games," he said. "I'd still say our aim is to win the championship.

"Saturday was a real team performance - everyone chipped in with the bat and we knew we could set them a decent total, which we needed as it's a fast-scoring ground.

"We bowled a good length and made inroads straight away. It was a bit nerve-racking when we couldn't get the last few, but we knew it was just a matter of time."

Bush amassed a commanding 278-7 after winning the toss, with Michael Padbury (49), De La Rey Terblanche (51) and Ed Reynolds (38) making significant contributions.

Suman (20 not out) and Speer (13no) then shared a profitable partnership to lift Bush above the 250 mark and Reynolds declared the innings closed at the end of the 48th over.

The pair quickly took their pads off and set about the North London batsmen, with Suman passing 50 wickets for the season as he took 4-23, with Speer recording figures of 3-43.

But Haffeji prevented his side from humiliation as he alternated blocking with some lusty swings to the boundary and Bush had to turn to spin in the form of Del Mian to end the home team's resistance.

Mian took the last three wickets to finish with 3-42, with Haffeji the last man to fall as Bush clinched their 10 points with 14 overs to spare.

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