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Bronds watch points flow away

PUBLISHED: 17:58 15 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:37 24 August 2010

BRONDESBURY came agonisingly close to a winning draw for the third time in recent weeks before the rain put paid to their hopes at Stanmore. The visitors needed 13 runs off the final over to snatch the four points but, despite a valiant effort by Ajay San

BRONDESBURY came agonisingly close to a winning draw for the third time in recent weeks before the rain put paid to their hopes at Stanmore.

The visitors needed 13 runs off the final over to snatch the four points but, despite a valiant effort by Ajay Sangha and Tom Nicoll, they could only manage 11.

Brondesbury also missed out on an extra three points by narrow margins in their clashes with Eastcote and Ealing and captain John Fosbraey observed: "It's annoying that we're getting close, but it isn't going our way.

"We would have been confident about getting those runs, but we knew it was going to rain at some point.

"The boys who were out there at the end did well and, with one more over, I think we'd have won it. We didn't really deserve more after bowling and fielding poorly, but a little bit of luck would have been nice."

Byron Vermaak maintained his habit of taking early wickets, striking in the first over after Fosbraey had put Stanmore in to bat, but the home side recovered.

Hamish McCarthy laid the foundations with a knock of 66, and Marc Reingold (56 not out) and Niraj Jadav (53no) then flayed the Brondesbury attack as Stanmore declared on 254-5.

The visitors lost Tom Simpson early on in reply and James Overy started brightly before he perished to a superb catch in the slips by McCarthy, but John Simpson kept up his run of form.

Simpson reached 36 before he was bowled by one that kept low and Nick Jones pulled a ball to mid-on, but Sangha and Nicoll batted well to keep Brondesbury in with a chance.

Play was halted twice for rain before the teams returned to the field for the final over and, despite the best attempts of the batsmen, Brondesbury could only close on 90-4 from 22 overs.


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