Shepherd’s Bush aren’t Kidding around as they move level with leaders

PUBLISHED: 08:30 30 July 2015

James Kidson (right) took 7-21. Pic: Paolo Minoli

James Kidson (right) took 7-21. Pic: Paolo Minoli


James Kidson devastated the Acton batting order with ruthless figures of 7-21 as a commanding seven-wicket victory took Shepherd’s Bush level with Eastcote at the top of the table in Division Two of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Kidson’s bowling display meant the visitors were bowled out for 165 at Bromyard Avenue, and Bush made light work of the chase on their home ground.

Ian Massey and Tom Felton shared a 127-run partnership as the hosts reached their target with just three wickets down.

Acton elected to bat and made a good start, reaching 55 before Guy Brothwood (24) was caught off the bowling of Will Speer (1-29) and then 105-1 thanks to a 50-run partnership between Hannadige Soysa (55) and No 3 Sahil Kher (21).

However, the visitors lost their remaining nine wickets for just 60 runs.

When Ed Morse (1-42) removed Soysa, caught by Speer, Kher quickly became Kidson’s first victim after being caught behind – and the Bush bowler then worked his way rapidly down the order with another five successive wickets.

Yasir Mehmood (6) was stumped by Jack Brydon and Seb Warwick (1) and Matthew Reeve (6) also went cheaply.

Tom Forsdike (21) and Alex Brennan (10) made it into double figures but could not stop the collapse for long, and James Fell and John Reeve both went for ducks, dismissed by Tom Felton (1-27) and Kidson respectively.

Bush made a poor start to their chase, losing openers Brydon (1) and Rob McCarroll (6) early on and finding themselves 15-2.

But Massey (66) and Felton (54 not out) ensured the hosts would not suffer a similar collapse to their opponents, reaching 142-2 before Massey fell to Brennan (2-55).

Pritesh Vaghela (15) then joined Felton at the crease to take Bush over the line after 43 overs.

Meanwhile, in Division Three, Chuluka Mahanama’s half-century was in vain for Harrow Town as league leaders Highgate completed a thrilling run-chase.

Put in to bat, Town lost Parth Goradia for 12 to Ed Foster (4-51), but looked well set at 58-1.

But the innings unravelled as Craig Gourlay (3-85) dismissed Rushan Jaleel (1) before Foster had Asim Mohammed caught for 44 and took a return catch off Mohamed Nawfer (0).

Gourlay removed Buddhi Attanayake (21) and Gishan Herath (13), while Scott Thaxton (1-34) bowled Hitesh Sejpal for five as Town slid to 118-7. Mahanama’s knock of 64 not out, supported by skipper Gihan Herath (29) and Kamlesh Desai (17 no), took Town to 222-8.

Mahanama ended the day with three wickets, but Hashen Ramanayake’s 53 and Gourlay’s 75 not out took Highgate over the line from the penultimate delivery.

n Kenton halted a run of three straight defeats and their slide down the table by beating Barnes by two wickets.

Barnes were bowled out for 166 in 45.5 overs and visiting Kenton reached 167-8 from 49.2 overs in reply to take the 10 points.

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