High-flying Shepherd’s Bush fall to their first loss of season at Twickenham

PUBLISHED: 14:30 08 June 2016

Ian Massey celebrates after hitting 50 for Shepherd's Bush earlier this month at Hampstead (Pic: Paolo Minoli)

Ian Massey celebrates after hitting 50 for Shepherd's Bush earlier this month at Hampstead (Pic: Paolo Minoli)


Twickenham (10pts) 264-6

Shepherd’s Bush (2pts) 263-7

Shepherd’s Bush remain joint top of the Premier Division despite falling to their first loss of the season, a three-wicket defeat to Twickenham on Saturday.

The hosts won the toss and elected to field first but they had to be patient in waiting to take the first Shepherd’s Bush wicket as Jack Brydon and Andrew Wilson put together a 51-run stand before Brydon was dismissed for 36, clean-bowled by Arunjit Sandhu.

It didn’t take as long for Twickenham to take their second wicket, as Tom Cox lasted just nine balls at the crease before Sandhu struck again to leave Bush 57-2.

Opener Wilson found a more stubborn partner in Ian Massey and the pair combined to lift the Shepherd’s Bush total to 92 before further damage was inflicted by the home bowlers.

Wilson reached 35 before he was trapped by Don Manuwelge, but Massey continued undeterred and Tom Felton struck up a potent partnership with him.

Felton made a decent-paced 31 but up stepped Daniel Lezar to take him out, with Bush’s score standing at 162-4.

Lezar then took the prized wicket of Massey, who departed for a respectable 52.

Dan Davis and Miles Illingworth kept plugging away for Shepherd’s Bush and made a 48-run stand for the sixth wicket before Davis was removed.

Parminder Singh caught and bowled Davis for 29 off 30 balls but Illingworth was even more prolific with the bat.

Illingworth hit five fours and a six as he smashed his way to 53 off 34 balls before being clean-bowled by Sandhu.

The visitors just ran out of time, making 263-7 off 50 overs as Sam Howell and James Kidson were left not out for a combined two.

Bush made a great start with the ball as Howell trapped Arjun Rehncy leg behind for nine and struck again shortly afterwards by clean-bowling Daniel Lezar for just one to leave Twickenham 20-2. But that’s when Manuwelge and Marc Lezar dug in and forged a match-winning partnership.

The pair put on 106 for the third wicket, which was vital in seeing Twickenham on their way to victory. Manuwelge hit 60 off just 66 balls, hitting eight fours and a six along the way.

Lezar was agonisingly close to securing a century but he fell just two runs short to Ed Morse after hitting 16 boundaries in an explosive innings. Twickenham were now 202-4 and on course to overtake the Shepherd’s Bush total.

Carlos Nunes also had a fine day with the bat as he hit an unbeaten 71 and along with 17 from Clint McCabe and a single run from David Russell, Twickenham reached their target with three balls to spare.

In a high quality game, the visitors just didn’t do enough with the ball to warrant another victory, as they were forced to accept a first loss of the campaign by a three-wicket swing.

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