Bush pull Brondesbury into trouble
PUBLISHED: 15:15 29 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:37 24 August 2010
BRONDESBURY were dragged into relegation danger after Bush boosted their own survival hopes by beating them for the second time this season. It looked as if Brondesbury would take revenge for their earlier defeat when they sent the home side in on a damp
BRONDESBURY were dragged into relegation danger after Bush boosted their own survival hopes by beating them for the second time this season.
It looked as if Brondesbury would take revenge for their earlier defeat when they sent the home side in on a damp wicket and rolled them over for 165, with Toby Sharpe taking 6-38.
But the Bush seamers - Amit Suman, Will Speer and De La Rey Terblanche - were all on song when Brondesbury replied and clinched what could turn out to be a vital 24-run win.
"I think it's now two out of four to go down and that includes us," admitted Brondesbury captain John Fosbraey. "We've got some tough games coming up, but we've played better against the better sides and we're certainly not panicking.
"It was one of our better bowling and fielding performances and I was quite happy to be chasing 165, but we didn't bat well. You won't win games with five ducks in the top eight."
Sharpe reduced Bush to 30-4, but they recovered thanks to a painstaking knock of 50 from Sam Dishon, while Carl Menzie (48) provided strong support before the home side were bowled out in the 54th over.
When Brondesbury batted, Speer trapped James Overy leg before in only the second over and Byron Vermaak - promoted to number three - also fell cheaply, but John Simpson (35) and Joe Moore (61) steadied the ship.
Once Simpson was out, a clatter of wickets followed, with Nick Jones, Mark Lowrey, Rob Nelson and Vishal Bhimjiyani all failing to trouble the scorers before Will Denselo added a useful 20.
But Terblanche (4-31) swept away the Brondesbury resistance and ended the contest when he had Sharpe dismissed by a superb diving catch by Brian Mayers in the 39th over.
"I think we've got a run on Brondesbury and obviously we've got closer to them with this result, which could bring them and even Eastcote into the equation," observed Speer.
"It was vital that someone hung around when we batted and Sam was the glue that held it all together.
"Then De La Rey started to swing it and balls were flying everywhere at the end. I wondered whether it was going to be one of those days - but fortunately it was ours.
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