Brondesbury overwhelm Southgate to boost survival bid

PUBLISHED: 14:26 22 August 2012

Sam Smith

Sam Smith

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Robbie Williams and Byron Vermaak took four wickets apiece as Brondesbury kept their Premier Division survival hopes alive by beating already-doomed Southgate.

Williams – who has just been released by Middlesex – finished with figures of 4-19, while Vermaak returned 4-22 as Southgate were rolled over for 142 at Harman Drive.

That completed a 119-run victory for the home side, who remain 11 points adrift of safety but have still to face the two teams directly above them in their remaining games.

Southgate, who have floundered since winning promotion last season, won the toss and put their hosts in, but Will Vanderspar and James Overy put together an opening stand of 88.

Vanderspar was eventually bowled by Rob Johnson four runs short of his half-century, and John Simpson – playing his first club match of the season after being dropped by Middlesex – soon followed, dismissed by Haseeb Bajwa without scoring.

Overy did reach 50, only to become Bajwa’s second victim, but Sam Smith was by now well set and found the perfect foil in Ali Raza.

Raza took the lead role in the pair’s partnership of 89, cracking a quickfire 52 at almost a run a ball before he was caught off Bajwa (3-89) and Smith then took up the baton.

Awais Shah was run out for five, but Smith progressed to within five runs of his century before falling to Carmi Le Roux at the end of the 59th and final over as Brondesbury declared on 261-6.

That decision left Southgate unable to chase a winning draw and they were soon in deep trouble at 5-3 as Williams removed Tom Edrich (2) and Vermaak then accounted for both Patrick Robinson (3) and Tom Allan (0).

Williams also bowled Tuan Hadgie (3), but Johnson displayed defiance with an impressive innings of 85.

He and Max Joseph (16) added 60 for the fifth wicket before Vermaak made the breakthrough by dismissing Joseph and then Oliver Rix, for a duck, and Williams trapped Phil Dunnett (4) leg before.

At 97-7, Southgate seemed there for the taking – but Brondesbury’s failure to force victory from a similar position the previous week may have begun to haunt them as Le Roux (17) thrashed a couple of sixes.

Spinner Kishen Ladva (2-30) prised out Le Roux, who was caught behind by Overy – and the keeper then recorded his fourth dismissal the very next ball by stumping Bajwa (0).

Johnson still stood between Brondesbury and a crucial 10 points, but it was Vermaak who clinched those in the 45th over by having him caught behind to complete Overy’s five-for.

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