Boys from the Bush aren't finished yet!
PUBLISHED: 12:36 30 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:19 24 August 2010
GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS
SEAMERS Amit Suman and Will Speer propelled Bush back into the thick of the promotion race by skittling Division Two leaders North Middlesex for 115. Suman, the top wicket-taker across all three divisions of the Middlesex County League, took his tally for
SEAMERS Amit Suman and Will Speer propelled Bush back into the thick of the promotion race by skittling Division Two leaders North Middlesex for 115.
Suman, the top wicket-taker across all three divisions of the Middlesex County League, took his tally for the season to 49 with six on Saturday, while Speer captured the other four to seal the win.
That meant Bush leapfrogged South Hampstead into second place and kept alive their hopes of catching North Mid, who still hold a 17-point advantage with a third of the season to play.
A delighted Speer said: "We're very chuffed - it was a massive game for us. We wanted to stop North Middlesex's run and hopefully that'll send a few shockwaves through the league.
"Now we've jumped into the promotion zone and August is going to be a crucial month for us - we need to keep the momentum going."
Bush skipper Ed Reynolds elected to bat first on a new track at Bromyard Avenue, but the home side suffered an early setback when opener Robbie Watts had to go off with a back spasm.
Shani Kamalia, playing only his second match since recovering from a broken finger, batted well for his 30 before he was out to a loose shot and Bush then made slow progress.
They were eventually dismissed for 174 at the end of the 54th over, with visiting skipper Brad Sculley taking 6-79 - but that soon looked like a colossal total as the North Mid batting crumbled to Suman (6-59) and Speer (4-40).
Apart from two overs of spin from Derek Mian, the pair bowled virtually unchanged and reduced their visitors to a desperate situation at 55-8.
But opening batsman Evan Flowers (49) was joined by number 10 Gareth Davies (30 not out) and the pair looked as if they might thwart Bush, even after Davies was struck on the arm by a short ball from Suman.
He returned to the field to link up with Flowers a second time when the ninth wicket fell, but the opener was last man out as the innings ended at 115.
"It was hot, so we wanted to keep them in the field for the majority of the day, and the wicket looked decent," Speer added. "But we crawled a bit and we just kept losing wickets.
"We knew 174 was quite a competitive total, though, and the ball was doing a fair bit in the air. Amit and I both swing it a lot and I felt we bowled with good rhythm."
Bush should have batsman Michael Padbury available to face Richmond this Saturday, but all-rounder De La Rey Terblanche is away on holiday.
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