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Burning Bush are a step closer

PUBLISHED: 11:40 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:20 24 August 2010

SHEPHERD'S BUSH V ACTON
PHOTO'S BY GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS
DATE: 05/07/2008.

BUSH'S ROBBIE WATTS BATTING

SHEPHERD'S BUSH V ACTON PHOTO'S BY GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS DATE: 05/07/2008. BUSH'S ROBBIE WATTS BATTING

GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS

SHEPHERD S Bush are on the verge of promotion to the Premier Division and could secure a top two finish this weekend against the league s bottom side. Ed Reynolds side left it late to defeat Harrow by 70 runs and needed seven wickets from the last 15 ove

SHEPHERD'S Bush are on the verge of promotion to the Premier Division and could secure a top two finish this weekend against the league's bottom side.

Ed Reynolds' side left it late to defeat Harrow by 70 runs and needed seven wickets from the last 15 overs, but their opponents' desire to win proved to be their undoing.

"They're down near the bottom and needed the 10 points," said bowler Will Speer. "That played into our hands because it meant they weren't blocking.

"They played positive, attacking cricket and all credit to them for that, but to be honest they really gifted it to us towards the end."

Reynolds won the toss and elected to bat and Robbie Watts (77) and Michael Padbury (61) piled on the runs, while De La Rey Terblanche also reached his half century.

That allowed Bush to declare on 252-5 but they found stiff resistance in the Harrow batsmen, and despite taking three early wickets struggled to make headway as the overs ticked by, a frustrating situation which was exacerbated by four dropped catches.

Rivals Richmond's surprise failure to beat Wembley meant that Bush had a real opportunity to take a strangle-hold on the second spot, and the entire promotion race hung in the balance as Harrow pushed for the win.

But the visitors' desperation manifested itself in a flurry of ambitious shots, and Amit Suman (4-60) and Derek Mian (4-36) gratefully took full advantage to secure a flattering 70 run victory with three overs to spare.

This weekend Bush host basement boys Barnes, while first and third meet as Richmond take on leaders North Middlesex.

"I was thinking about this," said Speer, "and the ideal result would be if they draw with Richmond getting four points and North Mid getting one.

"If we win that would mean we're already promoted before the final game and level on points with North Mid with a chance of taking the title as well, which would be brilliant.

"It would be nice to say that we're going all out for the title but at this stage I think it's all about finishing in the top two and hopefully we'll achieve that on Saturday.

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