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PUBLISHED: 13:02 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:18 24 August 2010

SHEPHERD'S BUSH V WEMBLEY
PHOTO'S BY GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS
DATE: 17/05/2008.

BUSH'S AMIT SUMAN.

SHEPHERD'S BUSH V WEMBLEY PHOTO'S BY GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS DATE: 17/05/2008. BUSH'S AMIT SUMAN.

GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS

SHEPHERD S Bush are back in the thick of the promotion race after holding off rivals South Hampstead to triumph in Saturday s low-scoring Division Two clash. Bush s victory narrowed the gap between the sides to just three points after leading wicket-taker

SHEPHERD'S Bush are back in the thick of the promotion race after holding off rivals South Hampstead to triumph in Saturday's low-scoring Division Two clash.

Bush's victory narrowed the gap between the sides to just three points after leading wicket-taker Amit Suman collected another five to skittle SH for 106.

It was the second five-wicket haul of the afternoon, with visiting captain James Nolan taking 5-30 to dismiss Bush for 119 and vindicating his decision to put them in.

"It was quite a wet pitch and it was bowler-friendly, but the ball wasn't just popping up all the time and we tried to bowl that nagging length that makes it difficult for the batsmen," said Bush paceman Will Speer.

"We thought it was going to be a real struggle after making 119. There was quite a bit of banter at the interval and I think they might have felt it was in the bag, which spurred us on."

Bush openers Robbie Watts and Tom Stone gave their side a solid start with a stand of 30, but both departed in quick succession as Nolan began to get among the wickets.

He was given substantial support by Majid Akram (3-23) and the Bush innings folded midway through the 45th over.

But SH - who had won six of their previous seven league matches - made a disastrous start to their reply, with opener Tim McMahon run out by Speer, attempting a second run off the first ball of the innings.

Speer and Suman (5-38) strangled the SH batting line-up, reducing them to 7-3 before Paul Sylvester (24) and Nolan raised the visitors' hopes.

But Nolan was left high and dry on 46 not out as his side were turned over for 106 off 37 overs, with Speer capturing three wickets and Derek Mian the other.

"The run-out set a precedent and gave us a lift. South Hampstead kept playing their shots, but from then on we kept getting wickets at crucial times and held on to our catches," added Speer.

"We're very pleased by the performance - it was good to close the gap on South Hampstead as well. Now we've got a bit of momentum and, just as importantly, we've slowed theirs."

SH secretary Ken James observed: "It was very disappointing. We should have done better and we suffered from a lack of application.


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