Bush prosper from Will to win
PUBLISHED: 13:29 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:15 24 August 2010
GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS
TAILENDER Will Speer was an unlikely hero with the bat as Bush began their Division Two campaign in style with a 72-run victory at South Hampstead. The visitors had been in some difficulty after South Hampstead bowler Amit Chakrawarti captured four middle
TAILENDER Will Speer was an unlikely hero with the bat as Bush began their Division Two campaign in style with a 72-run victory at South Hampstead.
The visitors had been in some difficulty after South Hampstead bowler Amit Chakrawarti captured four middle-order wickets in quick succession, but Speer steered the innings back on track.
Bush's opening bowler slammed three enormous sixes in his quickfire knock of 51 off just 25 deliveries and, with support from Ernie Marc, the visitors were able to reach a creditable total of 238 from 52 overs.
And Speer shone with the ball as well, cleaning up the SH innings after spinners Rocky Ashara and Algie Corbin had stemmed an early flow of runs.
"Things were looking a bit precarious at one stage," said Bush skipper Ed Reynolds.
"It looked like 200 might be the maximum total we could hope for and we knew South Hampstead were an aggressive batting side.
"Even well into their innings, it was touch and go whether we were going to win, lose or draw.
"We had to overcome blips with both bat and ball and worked hard for the win - to see that fighting spirit so early on in the season is excellent."
SH captain James Nolan sent Bush in to bat and that decision was quickly vindicated as Shani Kamalia fell cheaply to Marjad Akram.
New signing Robbie Watts (40) got the Bush innings moving, in tandem with Michael Padbury (67) - but once they were out the wickets began to tumble.
Speer and Marc rescued the Bush innings and the bowlers continued that momentum when SH replied, with De La Rey Terblanche taking two wickets in his opening spell.
But Paul Sylvester (27) and Paul Atherley (20) lifted South Hampstead to 88-2 and their chances of a successful run chase were strengthened by Zia Sialvi (36) and Nolan (40).
Ashara applied the brakes with three wickets and Corbin also slowed the scoring rate before Speer returned to wipe up the tail as SH were bowled out for 166 in 38.3 overs.
"We bowled averagely and our fielding wasn't too bad, but we let ourselves down a little with the bat," observed Atherley.