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Bush hang on to draw

PUBLISHED: 11:39 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:15 24 August 2010

R Watts of Shepherds Bush catches North Middx batsman W Nicoll during the Middlesex County Cricket League Division Two game between North Middlesex and Shepherds Bush, played at Park Road, Crouch End on Sat May 24, 2008.

R Watts of Shepherds Bush catches North Middx batsman W Nicoll during the Middlesex County Cricket League Division Two game between North Middlesex and Shepherds Bush, played at Park Road, Crouch End on Sat May 24, 2008.

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NORTH Middlesex took the lion's share of the points at the weekend as Shepherds Bush were forced to hold out for a losing draw. Bush captain Ed Reynolds won the toss...

NORTH MIDDLESEX (241-6) drew with SHEPHERDS BUSH (119-7)

NORTH Middlesex took the lion's share of the points at the weekend as Shepherds Bush were forced to hold out for a losing draw.

Bush captain Ed Reynolds won the toss and elected to field, a decision which looked dubious as Middlesex's Dan Wootton and Evan Flowers put on a 100 partnership and reached 120-1.

Greg Arnold then came in at number five to smash a savage 75 off just 45 balls as North Mid made 120 from the last 15 overs.

Captain Brad Sculley declared on 241-6 after 52 overs had been been bowled, and Bush's resistance got off to the worst possible start when captain Ed Reynolds was dismissed early on by Sanjay Dindyal.

But Michael Padbury and Robbie Watts came in to steady the ship and steer the visitors to a much more comfortable 80-1.

Unfortunately for Reynolds and his side, North Mid's overseas bowler Tarun Nethula and fellow spin doctor Nick Packard were in lethal form, taking three wickets apiece as they swept through the Bush batsmen to leave them struggling again on 95-6.

At that point they abandoned the run chase and settled in to fight for the draw, with Sam Dishon surviving the final overs.

"On reflection fielding first was probably a mistake," admitted Reynolds. "It was very windy and the run-up was very difficult, very bumpy.

"They batted very, very well and, although I thought they were going to wobble at 150, they kicked on again and gave us a tough total to chase."

The Bush skipper added: "Once our middle order collapsed we were left with what would have been a suicidal run chase.

"It's too early in the season to start going for broke and you can't just let the opposition have 10 points at this stage.

"I think it's going to be a fairly close league this year because no-one's being allowed to run away with it.

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