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Jones sets club record in mixed weekend

PUBLISHED: 11:30 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:17 24 August 2010

NICK Jones scored a massive club record 219 not out as Brondesbury overcame Reigate Priory on Sunday to join South Hampstead in the last 16 of the Evening Standard Trophy.

EVENING STANDARD TROPHY

BRONDESBURY (299-4) beat REIGATE PRIORY (124) by 175 runs

NICK Jones scored a massive club record 219 not out as Brondesbury overcame Reigate Priory on Sunday to join South Hampstead in the last 16 of the Evening Standard Trophy.

Ben Claypole hit 88 in support as his side made a massive 399-4 from their allotted 50 overs, and Matt Cox made it a trio of personal accolades when he picked up 6-21 with the ball, restricting Reigate to 124.

Brondesbury will face Ealing at home in the next round, but their league fixture on Saturday ended in disappointment.

Claypole was again in form as he fired his side to a winning draw but agonisingly fell one run short of his century as Brondesbury slipped up against lowly Stanmore.

"It was probably six points dropped rather than four won," reflected captain Tom Simpson. "We reached the target for the winning draw easily and only finished 14 runs short of the win."

Simpson won the toss and elected to bowl against the league's second bottom side, and the afternoon got off to a great start when opener Umesh Valjee departed for a duck.

Steve Mehra made 12 before he was caught lbw by Irfan Ahmed (4-48), but Shalin Amin (51) steadied the visitors' innings with a half-century knock before being bowled by Robert Nelson (3-55).

Nicholas Goh made 44 before he was stumped by Rob Lynch and William Hanson made 65, while Dilip Javad added 37 before he was caught by Rob Lynch.

Lynch also pocketed catches to dismiss the final pair of Chula De Silva (10) and M Bhatt (0) as Stanmore reached 255 from 68 overs.

Brondesbury were set 190 for a winning draw from 52 overs, and the match hung in the balance when opening pair Richard Rawlings and Simpson were both dismissed for 14 by Paul McIver (2-41).

Enter Claypole at No.3 and he began eating into Stanmore's total with a series of cuts and drives, while Ed Crowther made 58 at the other end in an imposing partnership.

With 15 overs remaining the home side needed 35 runs for the winning draw and 100 to win, and that soon became 70 from 10.

It was a cruel blow for Claypole when he was caught for 99 by De Silva, lashing out in an attempt to seal a deserved century in style.

Crowther was also caught, and although Jones hit 28 not out, he could only take Brondesbury to 241 before the overs ran out.

"It looked pretty comfortable with 10 overs to play, but it was always going to be difficult for the last few guys to come in and make the total when we lost Ben and Ed," added Simpson.

"Ben was disappointed not to get his century, but he was more disappointed that we didn't win the game. We haven't quite bowled teams out recently, but we'll look to put that right this weekend against Eastcote.


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