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Brondesbury one game from promotion after win over North Middlesex

PUBLISHED: 12:27 19 August 2013 | UPDATED: 12:32 19 August 2013

Sam Smith took three wickets for Brondesbury as they defeated leaders North Middlesex on Saturday

Sam Smith took three wickets for Brondesbury as they defeated leaders North Middlesex on Saturday

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Middlesex County Cricket League Division Two

David Miller and Sam Smith took three wickets each as Brondesbury edged to within one win of promotion with victory over league leaders North Middlesex on Saturday.

Smith (3-28) and Miller (3-38) made short work of the North Midd batsmen, skittling their opponents for just 92 from 34 overs, but Brondesbury then struggled with the chase.

Six Brondesbury batsmen failed to make it into double figures, and had to rely on Tom Simpson (30) and Miller (33 not out) to hold the innings together and secure the win.

The victory gives Brondesbury a 15-point cushion over third-placed Harrow, who were held to a winning draw by neighbours Harrow St Mary’s.

“Realistically, promotion is the main thing for us at the moment,” said Brondesbury captain John Fosbraey. “It should be an interesting last three weeks of the season, we have to play the bottom three so we just want to not do anything silly and make sure of a top-two finish.

“Our bowlers did well against North Middlesex, David and Sam had them 59-6 at one point so it was a brilliant start, it was really down to them that we won the game.”

Brondesbury won the toss and decided to field, and Smith and Miller were quickly in their stride, with Smith removing Sam Webber and Alexander Hill for ducks. Evan Flowers made 18 for North Midd before he became Smith’s third victim, caught by Neil Durand.

Miller removed Adam Holmes (11), John Mills (9) and Joe Hewton (8), who all departed having made little impact. Charlie Yorke-Starkey added 15, but when Fosbraey trapped both Nick Brand and Ed Bird lbw, the league leaders were all out for a disappointing 92.

That should have led to a routine victory for Brondesbury, but, instead, they laboured, struggling to 47-4 and temporarily looking at risk of a shock defeat.

James Overy (1), Chris Smith (5) Richard Rawlings (1) and Sam Smith (4) were all quickly removed, but Simpson weighed in with an important 30 to keep the initiative with his side.

Neil Durand (6) was bowled by Bird, who finished the day on 3-17, but Miller’s 33 not out kept North Middlesex at bay and guided Brondesbury to the 10 points.

Brondesbury play struggling Southgate this weekend and will seal their place in the top two if Harrow fail to win at Brentham, while North Middlesex face bottom side Harrow Town.


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