County cricket round-up: Brondesbury stay in title hunt with win over Uxbridge
PUBLISHED: 11:50 12 August 2013 | UPDATED: 11:51 12 August 2013
Middlesex County Cricket League Division Two
Impressive batting from James Overy and Simon Butler and a four-wicket haul for John Fosbraey helped Brondesbury to a win over Uxbridge as they stayed hot on the heels of leaders North Middlesex.
Overy made 51 and Butler 61 as Brondesbury posted 217-9, before Fosbraey almost single-handedly skittled Uxbridge for 198 to seal another crucial 10 points.
Brondesbury won the toss and chose to bat, and despite losing Chris Smith (3), they eased to 78-1 before the stubborn Overy was finally trapped lbw by Andy Stephens.
David Miller (6) and Sam Smith (5) both fell cheaply, but Butler held the innings together, edging past his half-century and taking Brondesbury to 142-5 before he was caught by Will Spicer off Nishel Patel.
Neil Durand stepped in with an important 41, but Tommy Ricketts (5) and James Jackson (13) barely made an impression, and it was up to Buddy Mason (17 not out) to take Brondesbury to a respectable total.
Uxbridge appeared well on course to spring a surprise as they motored to 101-2, thanks largely to Dilon Heyliger’s 73, and when Sam Smith removed Patel for 30 Uxbridge were still well-placed on 166-4.
That became 195-4 thanks to 36 from Tony Stephens – but that was where Uxbridge fell apart spectacularly, with Fosbraey quickly cleaning up the tail to skittle the visitors for 198.
That win kept Brondesbury in touch with leaders North Middlesex, who posted their seventh win in eight games against Shepherd’s Bush.
North Mid won the toss and elected to field, and Bush were quickly on the back foot as Alex Mitchell (4) and Tom Bryan (7) were bowled by Nick Brand (3-36).
From 23-2, Bush briefly recovered, thanks to solid knocks from Sam Dishon (12), Aaron Johnson (17) and Miles Illingworth (16), taking them to 108-5. Dominic Harris weighed in with 35 before he was bowled by Ed Bird (3-31).
Ian McGowan was caught for a duck by Tom Nicoll off Jaron Semper, but Dan Davis (26) and Greg Malkin (16) dug in to take their side to 175 all out.
That total may have been respectable against the majority of the league, but in-form North Mid were soon making inroads, charging to 73 before losing their first wicket.
Adam Holmes was the man departing, caught by Johnson off Derek Mian, but any hopes Bush may have had of a breakthrough were dashed by Sam Webber.
Webber batted superbly to take his side to 121-1 before he was finally caught by Harris off Illingworth, and he departed having all-but won the game for his side.
Evan Flowers was trapped lbw by Amit Suman on 23, but Nicoll (28) and John Mills (24 not out) carried North Mid to another 10 points, and another step closer to the Division Two title.
At the other end of the table, Harrow Town’s seemingly interminable slide towards relegation continued as they lost to close rivals Harrow.
Town made 188 all out from 51.3 overs, but Harrow, harbouring their own hopes of promotion, reached 191-5 to take the points and stay hot on the heels of Brondesbury.
Harrow’s win left Harrow St Mary’s needing to take maximum points from their clash against Ickenham, and they duly obliged, albeit after a hard-fought struggle.
A dropped catch from Tom Pettet could have been costly for Saints, but another superb display from spinners Bhavik Patel (5-61) and Lakmal Kasthuri (4-58) restricted Ickenham to 158 all out.
HSM’s reply suffered a wobble, but Pettet redeemed himself after his earlier error to make 70, as Saints reached 159-6 to take the points which kept them in touch with the teams at the top.
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