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Matt finish vital for Brondesbury

PUBLISHED: 12:45 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:18 24 August 2010

Rob Lynch in action for Brondesbury during the Middlesex County Cricket League Division One game between Brondesbury and Finchley played at Harman Drive, Cricklewood on Sat July 19, 2008.

Rob Lynch in action for Brondesbury during the Middlesex County Cricket League Division One game between Brondesbury and Finchley played at Harman Drive, Cricklewood on Sat July 19, 2008.

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SPINNER Matt Cox bade Brondesbury farewell on a high note as he captured the final wicket to seal a 97-run victory over Finchley on Saturday. Cox, who is emigrating to New Zealand, dismissed last man Richard Banham to end Finchley s resistance and clinch

SPINNER Matt Cox bade Brondesbury farewell on a high note as he captured the final wicket to seal a 97-run victory over Finchley on Saturday.

Cox, who is emigrating to New Zealand, dismissed last man Richard Banham to end Finchley's resistance and clinch a vital win with only 16 balls to spare.

Another five-wicket haul from the in-form Ben Claypole had reduced the visitors to 98-7, but the tail resisted bravely before the slow bowling of Cox and Justin le Fort saw Brondesbury home.

"It was a nice parting gift from Matt," said Brondesbury captain Tom Simpson. "We had about eight overs at the last pair and were starting to think 'here we go again'.

"But I think we got what we deserved - it was probably the best we've played since we beat Winchmore Hill and it was very satisfying to do it against a good side."

Brondesbury were put in to bat on a greenish wicket and Richard Rawlings was just getting into his stride when he was caught off Banham for 15.

Banham then dismissed Claypole for a rare duck to leave Brondesbury at 26-2, but Rob Lynch (57), Ed Crowther (31) and Nick Jones (38) all batted sensibly to lay the foundations for a sizeable total.

Jones was unlucky to be given out caught behind and become Banham's fourth victim, but that brought Simpson (45) and le Fort (51) together for an important sixth-wicket partnership of 72.

Rob Nelson cracked a quick 18 not out before Simpson declared at 276-7 and, when Finchley replied, Claypole (5-56) and Toby Sharpe, who went for just 1-19 in 11 overs, soon had them on the back foot.

"Batting first suited us - Finchley needed the win and we felt they would chase anything, so it gave us an opportunity to put them under some pressure," added Simpson.

"Sharpe was pretty much unplayable, hitting a ridge down the hill that none of their bowlers had managed to find, and we changed the bowling around a bit more than we have of late, which I think made a difference."

Rob Clements' innings of 72 gave Finchley hope and he put on 63 for the eighth wicket with Sunil Tailor (43), but le Fort ended the stand when he had Tailor caught and bowled.

Le Fort then picked up a second vital catch at deep square leg to get rid of Clements off a Claypole bouncer, but it was Cox who had the final say by claiming the elusive 10th wicket.

MIDDLESEX youngster Will Vanderspar struck 80 to send Brondesbury into the quarter-finals of the Ibex Cup with a comfortable nine-wicket win over Indian Gymkhana.

Kishen Ladva took four wickets as Gymkhana were bowled out for 160 and Vanderspar anchored the Brondesbury reply as they cruised home to set up a home tie with Stanmore in the last eight, which is due to take place a week on Sunday.


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