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Massey and Wilson impress as Shepherd’s Bush make it back-to-back league victories

PUBLISHED: 15:15 18 May 2016

Ian Massey (left) struck up a century partnership with Andrew Wilson to set Shepherd's Bush on the way to victory over reigning champions Hampstead

Ian Massey (left) struck up a century partnership with Andrew Wilson to set Shepherd's Bush on the way to victory over reigning champions Hampstead

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Shepherd’s Bush (10pts) 246-9

Hampstead (0) 190

Newly-promoted Shepherd’s Bush continued their impressive start to the Premier Division season with a solid win over reigning champions Hampstead.

Excellent bowling by Tom Felton and a century partnership between Andrew Wilson (56) and Ian Massey (81) set Bush on their way to a second successive victory after a slow start.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first but their day didn’t get off to the best start as opener Jack Brydon was dimissed for a lowly seven, clean-bowled by Will Roberts.

Wilson fared much better at the crease, though, hitting an impressive 56 off just 76 balls.

He managed to reel away a six and a further six fours on his way to exceeding a half-century.

His progress was eventually halted by Henry Collier. Tom Cox made a passing visit at the crease, scoring just one run before being dismissed, but Massey more than made up for his teammate’s innings.

Massey, also the top scorer last time out against Southgate, repeated his exploits but this time managed to rack up 81 runs, finding the boundary with ease as he hit two sixes and five fours off 100 balls.

Massey was finally removed, caught by Tom Wilde off the bowling of Jack Biddulph.

Tom Felton had been building a good partnership with Massey, contributing with 28 of his own before being dismissed.

Miles Illingworth only managed to make five, but Sam Howell hit a speedy 20 off 12 balls as Shepherd’s Bush sensed a win was firmly in sight, finishing their 50 overs on 246-9.

Hampstead opener Sam Evison did his best to offer some resistance at the crease and he tormented the Bush attack, hitting six fours and two sixes.

Evison forged an effective partnership with George Adair, putting on a 62 stand for the first wicket before Adair was dismissed for 33.

Evison made exactly double that amount, 66, before being trapped leg before by Felton.

Hampstead then had to go for broke but their aggressive approach backfired as Ollie Steele was run out by Ed Morse for 23.

That led to a collapse of sorts as the last four Hampstead batsmen only made 11 runs between them before they were bowled out for 190 .

Felton’s bowling performance was particularly impressive as he finished with figures of 4-29, while Bush team-mate James Kidson returned 3-44.

Bush took the win by 56 runs and claimed 10 points in the process, placing them third in the table, equal on points with Ealing and Richmond.

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