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Overy disappointed with Brondesbury’s batting in defeat at Hampstead

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:17 24 July 2018

The local cricket season is well underway (pic: George Sessions).

The local cricket season is well underway (pic: George Sessions).

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Harman Drive outfit beaten by eight wickets in the league on Saturday

Brondesbury skipper James Overy says he was far from happy with his side’s batting display in an eight-wicket defeat at Hampstead in the Middlesex County Premier Division on Saturday.

Overy elected to bat after winning the toss, but carried his bat with an unbeaten 48 as the Harman Drive side were all out for 129.

Though Adam Wilson then took 2-23 with the ball, the hosts completed their chase with relative ease and Overy knows Brondesbury must improve with the bat in the coming weeks.

“We’re disappointed with how we played against Hampstead on Saturday and we got what we deserved,” he said.

“I wanted to bat first and I still feel that was the correct decision after winning the toss, but we didn’t bat well as a team.

“Muhammad Ahmed bowled nicely to get 6-43 for Hampstead, but we didn’t make it as difficult as we could have for them.

“It was frustrating to watch, and we know we have to do better in the league over the next six weeks.”

There was also a defeat on Sunday for Brondesbury in the semi-finals of the Middlesex County KO Cup as they lost to North Middlesex.

And though Overy was again disappointed to lose, he feels the display against North Middlesex offered some reason for optimism.

“You’re never happy to lose, but we can be proud of how we played against North Middlesex,” he added.

“We were good in the field, but we felt that we maybe allowed them to get 20 runs too many.

“Tom Nicoll batted well for them, but our spinners performed well with the ball.

“To come up just short is gutting, but we’ll take the positives from pushing one of the best one-day sides in the county, if not the country, close and hopefully we can take that into our league campaign.”

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