Del does his mates a good turn
PUBLISHED: 13:15 09 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:18 24 August 2010
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SPINNER Derek Mian collected a five-wicket haul to earn Shepherd s Bush their first win in four games and put their promotion challenge back on track. Mian s figures of 5-30, along with a promising debut from left-arm spinner Jack Blakiston-Houston, restr
SPINNER Derek Mian collected a five-wicket haul to earn Shepherd's Bush their first win in four games and put their promotion challenge back on track.
Mian's figures of 5-30, along with a promising debut from left-arm spinner Jack Blakiston-Houston, restricted Acton to just 145 after they had opted to bat first at Bromyard Avenue.
And, despite a few wobbles, the home side eventually triumphed thanks to a quickfire half-century from paceman Amit Suman and moved up to third place in Division Two.
"We probably would have bowled first anyway because we thought the pitch had a bit of life in it and we had the quicker bowlers," said Bush's Will Speer. "But as it turned out, spin was more effective.
"I would say Del was unplayable - there was plenty of bounce and turn, but not enough to make it easy - and young Jack bowled very well alongside him."
It was Speer and Suman who made early inroads for Bush, capturing two wickets apiece, and Acton were in difficulties at 35-4.
The visitors recovered and seemed set to post a competitive total, but Mian and Blakiston-Houston - a member of Ireland's under-19 squad - applied the pressure and bowled them out for 145.
Bush openers Robbie Watts and Tom Stone started the home side's reply steadily enough, but wickets suddenly began to tumble and, at 50-5, the balance had tilted in Acton's favour.
But Suman, promoted up the order to number five, turned the game with some confident hitting and Sam Dishon blocked effectively at the other end as Bush inched towards their target.
Suman finished with an undefeated 59 and, in the company of captain Ed Reynolds, steered the home side to victory and 10 valuable points at 148-6.
"Everyone was scrambling to get their pads on," Speer recalled. "Amit's got a good eye and we felt that, if he could do his stuff, their heads would drop and the initiative would switch back to us.
"It proved to be an inspired move - he hit a couple of sixes early on and that was just what we'd hoped for. He smashed it everywhere, but batted very sensibly as well when he needed to.
"It was a crucial innings and the win sets us up well for this weekend's game against South Hampstead. We know they're a talented side, but we've beaten them already and we're looking to do it again.
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