Pitch battle is brutal for Bush
PUBLISHED: 17:13 22 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:37 24 August 2010
BUSH skipper Ed Reynolds condemned the Ealing pitch as verging on the dangerous after his side dropped back into the bottom two. The visitors were sent in on a treacherous wicket and were quickly reduced to 4-2 before a middle-order recovery, led by the
BUSH skipper Ed Reynolds condemned the Ealing pitch as "verging on the dangerous" after his side dropped back into the bottom two.
The visitors were sent in on a treacherous wicket and were quickly reduced to 4-2 before a middle-order recovery, led by the experienced Carl Menzie, hauled them up to 121.
That was nowhere near enough against the champions and current league leaders and, despite two wickets from spinner Rocky Ashara, they reached their target in the 36th over, with just three wickets down.
Winchmore Hill's winning draw against Stanmore dumped Bush back into the drop zone, but Reynolds insisted: "I don't think the result really reflects our performance.
"The toss effectively decided the game. Half the wicket was soaked when we got there and frankly I was surprised the game went ahead, given that we had the previous one called off when the pitch was in a better state.
"Both umpires and the Ealing captain apologised for the state of the wicket - which I'd go so far as to say was verging on the dangerous. We had to be concerned with survival and could hardly score a run in the first few overs.
"But there isn't a lot you can do when the ball's seaming off a length at you. I'm encouraged that our performances have been improving - it's just a case of making everything click on the day."
Gene Maurice was first to fall to Leigh Parry (2-15) for a duck, with Sam Dishon hitting a boundary before he was caught behind off Tahir Afridi (1-15).
Reynolds and De La Rey Terblanche dug in to reach 16 apiece, but it was Menzie who took the battle to the Ealing bowlers, striking five fours in his innings of 32.
Byron Tudor (16) and Will Speer (15) added 36 for the seventh wicket before Tudor was run out by Chris Peploe - and Bush folded soon after that, with Hassan Khan (3-28) cleaning up the tail.
Amit Suman (1-22) produced a good opening spell in the Ealing reply and was rewarded with the wicket of Simon Hawk, while Ashara (2-50) was soon wheeling away at the other end.
He had Peploe caught behind without scoring and then prised out the lively Luke Stoughton for 39 to make it 52-3 and renew Bush's faint hopes.
But those were dashed by home skipper David Holt (28 not out) and Mylo Wilkin (44no), who put together an unbroken partnership of 70 to guide Ealing to victory.
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