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Overy wants good all-round display from Brondesbury at Hampstead

PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 July 2018

The cricket season is over halfway through now (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

The cricket season is over halfway through now (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Harman Drive side drew with North Middlesex last weekend

James Overy is looking for Brondesbury to deliver a strong all-round display at Hampstead in the Middlesex County Premier Divison on Saturday.

The Harman Drive outfit head into the game off the back of a draw at home to North Middlesex in the league last weekend.

That game saw Brondesbury’s winless run in the competition to six matches, but Overy has faith that run can end this Saturday as long as the side perform well in all areas of the game.

“We’re not a bad team, but it just seems that we’re either good with the bat or the ball and not both in one game,” he said.

“We know we can get a result at Hampstead, who are probably under a bit of pressure after losing last week and that’s something we’re looking to exploit.

“It’s a derby match and we’re looking to get the win. After ending the losing run last weekend, we’re excited for the game.”

Against North Middlesex last weekend, Brondesbury won the toss and elected to field.

However, the visitors were able to reach 278-9 from their 62 overs to set the Harman Drive side a tough total to chase.

Alex Kirkpatrick (2-15), Alistair Wilkinson (2-68) and Sam Smith (2-68) all took two wickets apiece, but skipper Overy reserved special praise for the latter of the three.

“Sam has been someone that we’ve been able to turn to with the abll all season long,” he said.

“Against North Midd, he asked questions of their bowlers all day long, as did Alistair.

“It’s just shame that we seem to be unable to bowl teams out at the minute, but hopefully that’s something which changes soon.”

In reply, Joe Moore finished unbeaten on 50 for Brondesbury as the hosts closed on 219-7.

It was a dogged innings in the middle order from Moore, and Overy believes is was just reward after working hard in training.

“Joe batted well against North Middlesex. He’s been away from the first XI for a couple of years, but he worked hard over the winter for his chance.

“He fought hard at the end to help us get the draw and had a good partnership alongside Alistair.”

As well the the trip to Hampstead in the league, Brondesbury also have their Middlesex KO Cup semi-final at home to North Middlesex to look forward to on Sunday.

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