Rich pickings for Bush
PUBLISHED: 13:07 27 May 2009 | UPDATED: 13:35 24 August 2010
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ALAN Richardson ripped through the Brondesbury batting to hand Bush their first Premier Division victory in a nail-biting finish at Harman Drive. The visitors were shot out for only 96 – but that proved just enough as the Middlesex paceman captured six wi
ALAN Richardson ripped through the Brondesbury batting to hand Bush their first Premier Division victory in a nail-biting finish at Harman Drive.
The visitors were shot out for only 96 - but that proved just enough as the Middlesex paceman captured six wickets, as well as pulling off a stunning catch and a run-out to settle the contest by two runs.
Opening batsman Robbie Watts, who captained Bush in the absence of Ed Reynolds, said: "The wicket was difficult, but it wasn't a 96 v 94 track - 150 was about what you'd have expected to get.
"We didn't bat very well, but I still thought we had a chance, especially as we had Richardson back and the way he bowled was absolutely brilliant.
"Some pros don't go full tilt in a club game, but Richo keeps a calm head and does a lot of talking. He knows what to do in a situation like that and he makes everyone else more relaxed.
"I think we needed that just to get our season kick-started. It showed we can compete with teams in this league and actually beat them - hopefully there's more of the same to come."
Despite the poor track, Watts elected to bat first, but Bush were soon in trouble as Toby Sharpe (4-32) trapped both the skipper and Michael Wiig leg before, the latter for a duck.
James While (16) and Dan Davis (15) took the total along to 35-2 before Sharpe had While and De la Rey Terblanche caught behind and then it was fellow seamer Byron Vermaak's turn to get among the wickets.
Vermaak (3-24) dismissed Davis and Sam Dishon, both to return catches and, when the Brondesbury bowler picked up a third caught and bowled to get rid of Jack Brydon for eight, Bush were tottering at 51-7.
But Amit Suman survived a difficult chance and went on to hit some vital blows, finishing unbeaten on 32 and lifting his side to 96 all out with support from Rocky Ashara and Richardson before both fell to Rob Nelson (2-31).
Brondesbury made a solid start in pursuit of that modest target, but suffered a blow when the in-form John Simpson (11) was superbly caught in the deep by Richardson off Suman.
Richardson then had Nick Jones caught for a duck, but Brondesbury seemed to be on course for victory at 44-2 until Suman (2-43) removed anchor man Tom Simpson lbw for 24.
Wickets then began to tumble, with Justin le Fort lbw to Ashara for four, Ali Raza bowled by Richardson for the same score, and Nelson then departing without scoring after Richardson threw down the stumps from a tight angle.
Vermaak (24 not out) rattled up a few boundaries off Suman to revitalise Brondesbury and Irfan Ahmed (3) and Sharpe (2) helped nudge the home side slowly towards the finish line.
But Richardson had the bit firmly between his teeth, sending both batsmen back to the pavilion before demolishing home skipper John Fosbraey's wicket to finish with 6-34 in 13.4 overs.
Fosbraey, however, was full of praise for Bush's chief assassin, saying: "We dropped Suman when we had them at 51-7 and I think that made the difference - along with Alan Richardson.
"It's great when you see county players who are prepared to make a big effort for their club and that's something we encourage from our guys on the county staff as well.
"There were probably only a couple of players in the game who could have taken that catch. But you want a challenge, to play against the best players in those situations and credit to Richardson for the way he performed.
"We should have been able to chase that total down, but we came up short and that's disappointing. A win would have taken us to second place, but I'd still like to think we'll be up there challenging."
Brondesbury will be renewing acquaintance with their former captain Ben Claypole this weekend when they travel to Finchley.
All-rounder Claypole, along with wicketkeeper-batsman Rob Lynch, left Harman Drive to join Finchley at the end of last season.
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