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Bush fire vital for Finchley clash

PUBLISHED: 17:04 25 August 2010 | UPDATED: 16:42 20 September 2010

SHEPHERD S Bush skipper Shani Kamalia is urging a late rally from his side as they prepare for this weekend s win-or-bust clash with Finchley. Bush face relegation from the Premier Division on Saturday if they fail to beat their rivals at Bromyard Avenue

SHEPHERD'S Bush skipper Shani Kamalia is urging a late rally from his side as they prepare for this weekend's win-or-bust clash with Finchley.

Bush face relegation from the Premier Division on Saturday if they fail to beat their rivals at Bromyard Avenue - and even then would need to win their final game against Brondesbury to stand any chance of survival.

Last weekend's seven-wicket thrashing by league leaders Ealing left Bush on the brink after Finchley beat Stanmore to open an 18-point advantage.

"It's not an ideal situation to be in," Kamalia admitted. "It's going to be difficult but obviously we've got to go for the win. Even then it's out of our hands.

"I think we've been unlucky at times and the weather hasn't helped, but I'm not making excuses - we got ourselves into this position and we've got to get ourselves out of it.

"We're a better team than we showed on Saturday. We just didn't turn up and the only positive thing we can take out of the game is not to play like that again."

Bush's hopes of a shock win at Ealing were dented when Kamalia lost the toss and was invited to go out to bat with Alex Mitchell in damp, overcast conditions.

Both openers were soon back in the pavilion at 11-2 and, although Miles Illingworth (23) and Ahillen Beadle (18) rallied with a stand of 28, that was as good as it got for Bush.

Tahir Afridi (3-29) got rid of Beadle and De La Rey Terblanche in quick succession and spinner Chris Peploe (3-15) tore through the middle order to leave the visitors in dire trouble at 74-8.

Algie Corbin (23) and Rocky Ashara (10) provided some resistance with a ninth-wicket partnership of 22, but both eventually fell to Hassan Khan (3-32) as Bush were rolled over for 106 in the 45th over.

That never looked likely to be a total the bowlers could defend and Simon Hawk and Patrick Fallis confirmed that as they built an opening stand of 56 before the latter fell to Terblanche for 15.

Carl Menzie then claimed the wicket of Leigh Parry for just two, but Huw Jones hit a brisk 27 and Hawk raced to an unbeaten 50 to secure Ealing's victory in only the 21st over.


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