Sharpe shooters storm the Hill
PUBLISHED: 13:42 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:17 24 August 2010
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DEADLY duo Toby Sharpe and Ben Claypole ripped through the Winchmore Hill batting as Brondesbury continued to close in on the Premier Division leaders. Teddington s shock defeat at Brentham leaves the Harman Drive side nine points off top spot after Sharp
DEADLY duo Toby Sharpe and Ben Claypole ripped through the Winchmore Hill batting as Brondesbury continued to close in on the Premier Division leaders.
Teddington's shock defeat at Brentham leaves the Harman Drive side nine points off top spot after Sharpe and Claypole demolished Saturday's visitors for 71.
"When they're on song, I'd say they're the best opening pair in the league," declared Brondesbury batsman Tom Simpson.
"Toby is a real handful when he hits the pitch as he can and Ben is too quick and intimidating for batsmen to deal with. He's very pumped up at the moment and that spreads through the whole team.
"But we can't rely on Ben to get all the wickets - or score all the runs for that matter. We aren't the complete package yet and we need seven or eight guys performing every week."
Brondesbury were put in to bat on a decent wicket, but Simpson (15) and Claypole (six) both fell to Jamie Thorpe, and Ed Crowther was caught and bowled for three.
Richard Rawlings batted well for 43 but, when Danny Barker trapped him lbw, Brondesbury were wobbling at 81-4 and it needed a solid partnership between Rob Lynch (66) and Nick Jones (34) to get them back on track.
The pair added 95 for the fifth wicket, but a mini-collapse followed as four wickets fell for 13 runs before Rob Nelson (15) and Ali Raza (19 not out) hauled Brondesbury over the 200 mark.
Raza, who clubbed four boundaries, was left unbeaten as Brondesbury's innings closed at 224 from 62 overs.
There was never any danger that Winchmore Hill would get close to the target, though, as Sharpe (4-25) prised out their top four batsmen and Claypole (5-36) accounted for two more to leave them in a hole at 29-6.
Matthew Bowen and Danny Amadee saved their side from even greater humiliation with a stand of 25, but Claypole removed both and completed a five-wicket haul by dismissing last man Barker with the first ball of the 24th over.
"We've got five or six guys who are top order batsmen and it's hard to get the order right, but Rob seemed happy to bat at five and he looked good there, so maybe we've found his best spot," added Simpson.
"Nick's still young, but he's been around for a few years and it's time he stepped up to get a few more runs, so hopefully this is a sign of things to come."
Brondesbury may need to shuffle the batting order around again this weekend, with Middlesex's Billy Godleman due to feature in their derby clash at Hampstead.
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