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Bronds sticking with youth

PUBLISHED: 12:42 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 13:35 24 August 2010

FINCHLEY CC V BRONDESBURY CC
BRONDESBURY'S TOBY SHARPE BOWLS

FINCHLEY CC V BRONDESBURY CC BRONDESBURY'S TOBY SHARPE BOWLS

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BRONDESBURY will keep faith with their young line-up despite finding themselves on the receiving end of a heavy defeat at Finchley on Saturday. The visitors were blown away for only 110 as they chased a target of 266, with in-form John Simpson the only Br

BRONDESBURY will keep faith with their young line-up despite finding themselves on the receiving end of a heavy defeat at Finchley on Saturday.

The visitors were blown away for only 110 as they chased a target of 266, with in-form John Simpson the only Brondesbury batsman to reach double figures.

Simpson, who is on Middlesex's books, was one of four players aged 23 or under in the top five for Brondesbury, but skipper John Fosbraey insisted: "There won't be any panic reshuffles.

"We'll keep persisting with the side we've got rather than pick some of the older guys, even though they might save our bacon, and I'm confident the youngsters will come through.

"There's a lot to be optimistic about. John Simpson's young but, in my opinion, he's the best batsman in our league and it's a pleasure to play cricket with him.

"We're all hoping he'll get his opportunity for Middlesex because, when he does, I've no doubt he'll take it."

The outlook seemed much brighter for Brondesbury after Fosbraey won the toss and sent the home side in, with another Middlesex youngster, Sam Robson, and Majed Ali both falling cheaply to Byron Vermaak.

That left Finchley in trouble at 1-2, but former Brondesbury all-rounder Ben Claypole helped to turn things around with a knock of 20 before Fosbraey caught him in the slips off Toby Sharpe.

Steve Selwood batted well for his 59 and Josh Knappett top scored with 95 as Finchley reached a commanding 265-7 in 61 overs, with three wickets falling to spinner Vishal Bhimjiyani.

Brondesbury struggled in reply, though, with Middlesex's Billy Godleman looking out of sorts as he fell for nine, while fellow opener Tom Simpson soon followed.

John Simpson looked a class above the rest as he strode to a brisk 67, but Brondesbury's luck was out at the other end as Joe Moore was run out by a deflection at the non-striker's end.

Vermaak was also the victim of a questionable run-out decision and, with the fall of Simpson's wicket, the visitors attempted to bat out the remaining overs.

But Rob Nelson was left high and dry as Claypole returned to the attack to prise out Sharpe and Fosbraey and bowl out his former team-mates in the 51st over.

"We got beaten by a better side," added Fosbraey. "We bowled and fielded pretty well and were confident, but we didn't bat well enough and folded in the middle order. The wicket did get worse as the day went on, but I'm not going to present that as an excuse.


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