Brondesbury secure crucial victory over Barnes in promotion battle
PUBLISHED: 16:49 15 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:49 15 August 2016
Brondesbury secured a vital victory in the promotion battle on Saturday, beating Barnes by seven wickets and leapfrogging them into second place.
Captain Adam Wilson took 5-23 as the visitors were bowled out for 122 at Harman Drive – and Glenn Phillips then hit 58 off 29 balls, while Jordan Bethel hit an unbeaten 27 off 16 deliveries to finish the chase alongside Sasha Ward (16 not out) in 15.5 overs, with just three wickets down.
Meanwhile another promotion rival, Hornsey – who started the day just two points behind Brondesbury - lost to Acton by 68 runs, leaving Wilson’s side with a nine-point cushion and just three games to go.
“Saturday’s victory was a huge step in the right direction,” the skipper told Ham&High Sport. “Having lost to Barnes earlier in the season, we felt like we had a lot to prove - both to them and ourselves.
“We understand the enormity of every game now and want to leave no stone unturned in our attempt to get back to the top flight.
“We’re very aware that we have three difficult games remaining but, having won [against Barnes] in the style that we have, there’s no reason why we can’t ride the wave that we’re on now and finish well.
“We’re in a position where we know that if we win our last three games, we’ll be promoted. That’s a great position to be in - that we control our own destiny.
“I’ll be encouraging the boys to concentrate on us and our cricket. If we do that, I see no reason why we can’t achieve our goals and make it a fantastic season for the club.
“We know that on our day we can beat anyone in the league – it’s now just a case of executing our plans and staying calm during some really exciting opportunities.
“We’re very conscious that the one-day format suits us as a team. We’ve got a lot of bowling options and strength in depth in terms of our batting, so we’re confident we have enough options to deal with the challenges we’re going to face over the last three games.”
Brondesbury, who hosted a ladies day on Saturday, will have to work hard to maintain their position this weekend.
They visit league leaders Finchley, who secured their own promotion on Saturday and lead the table by 28 points – and Barnes and Hornsey will be going head to head in the chasing pack, both desperate to stay in contention and capitalise if Bron slip up.
“While we lost to Finchley earlier in the season, we take a lot of confidence from the fact that we bowled them out cheaply,” said Wilson.
“If we take the game long, there’s no reason why we can’t bag 10 points and put ourselves in a fantastic position with two games to go.
“Finchley are a strong side but, as was the case with Barnes, I know that if we give ourselves a chance, we’ve got a side that’s capable of doing great things - both now and in the future.”