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Bush refuse to be beaten

PUBLISHED: 13:06 13 May 2009 | UPDATED: 13:34 24 August 2010

M Ashra bowls for Shepherd's Bush during the Middlesex County Cricket League Premier Division game between Hampstead and Shepherd's Bush at Lymington Road, Hampstead on Sat May 9, 2009

M Ashra bowls for Shepherd's Bush during the Middlesex County Cricket League Premier Division game between Hampstead and Shepherd's Bush at Lymington Road, Hampstead on Sat May 9, 2009

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LAST pair Will Speer and Jack Brydon saw out the last 12 overs to ensure a point for Shepherd s Bush on their top-flight debut. The Bromyard Avenue side held their own at Hampstead and were even threatening to pull off a shock victory until a questionable

LAST pair Will Speer and Jack Brydon saw out the last 12 overs to ensure a point for Shepherd's Bush on their top-flight debut.

The Bromyard Avenue side held their own at Hampstead and were even threatening to pull off a shock victory until a questionable lbw decision against Dan Davis turned the game.

A flurry of wickets then left Bush on the back foot, but Speer and Brydon defied Hampstead and visiting skipper Ed Reynolds was delighted with his side's adjustment to Premier League cricket.

"It is a bit of a learning curve for us but, although the wicket was quite flat, I felt we bowled and fielded really well - it's quite bumpy and not the easiest ground to field on," said Reynolds.

"Hampstead looked the more likely winners, but I didn't feel we were ever outplayed by them - and, to be honest, we're a little disappointed that we didn't get four points.

"We were ticking along very nicely and then got a partnership-breaking decision that unfortunately took the wind right out of our sails. Suddenly the pressure was back on us and we didn't steer the ship in the right direction."

Reynolds won the toss, sent the home side in and last year's prolific frontline pairing of Speer and Amit Suman kept the Hampstead innings under control.

Former Middlesex all-rounder Paul Weekes led the way with a knock of 106 and, although Mohammed Akhtar supported him with 66 in a third-wicket stand of 114, the batting side were never allowed to run riot.

That was largely due to the efforts of Bush left-armer Rocky Ashara, who took 4-62 in just over 20 overs as Hampstead declared on 259-8 in the 63rd over.

Bush initially struggled in reply, slumping to 24-2 with Ben Colbeck (11) and Michael Wiig (4) both back in the pavilion and Shani Kamalia was next to go, caught off Dexter Thomas for 19.

Davis (45) and De La Rey Terblanche (55) then pulled Bush round with a stand of 84 that gave them an outside chance of claiming all 10 points.

But Davis was given out when he appeared to edge Thomas (4-47) into his pads and Bush's middle order then subsided, with six wickets falling for 44.

Speer, in tandem with Brydon, batted brilliantly for an unbeaten 42, and guided them to safety at 218-9.


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