Shepherd’s Bush batter Brondesbury to go second in the league

PUBLISHED: 16:50 05 June 2013 | UPDATED: 16:50 05 June 2013

Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson


Bush skipper Sam Dishon believes his side will be promotion contenders if they can maintain the form they displayed in Saturday’s Middlesex County League Division Two demolition of Brondesbury.

Dishon’s team produced the perfect response to a humiliating defeat at Harrow, where they were bowled out for just 59, outplaying their hosts to record a 137-run win and go second in the table.

“We had a disaster at Harrow, but we had the opportunity to come out against one of the stronger teams in the competition and, if we put in a good performance, we’d be where we wanted to be after four games,” said the Bush captain.

“I said at the start of the season that we’d take it month by month. If we can get about 25 points a month, that’d take us to 100 with two rounds to go and you’re pretty much there.

“Even though it’s been a bit up and down in the first month, we’ve got 24 points and I’m very pleased to have those on the board.

“We’ve got another big game next against North Middlesex – they’re a good team but I’m confident that, if we perform like we did on Saturday, we’ll have every chance of getting another good result.

“It’s all about maintaining consistency – and that’s something that’s always been an issue at Shepherd’s Bush. The talent’s there but it’s a question of nurturing it and grinding out the wins each week.”

Dishon admitted his decision to bat after winning the toss at Harman Drive was partly a bid to exorcise the demons of his side’s woeful efforts a week earlier.

And Bush’s batsmen delivered a clear improvement, with Alex Mitchell (5) falling to Sam Smith (3-54) before Dishon and James Watkins guided them to 68-1.

Dishon was bowled by Chris Smith (1-28) nine short of his half-century, but that brought Aaron Johnson to the crease and the Jamaican bludgeoned the home bowling, amassing 75 from just 52 balls.

Although Watkins departed for 37 and Tom Bryan managed just five, Miles Illingworth (33) joined Johnson in a partnership of 63 as the pair kept the scoreboard ticking over.

Sam Smith took the catch to remove Illingworth before finally dismissing Johnson and Dan Davis (11) and Dishon declared after 50 overs, with the total at 215-8.

Brondesbury’s reply began solidly enough, with Hugh Gimber and James Overy taking them to 22 without loss before Amit Suman (5-12) made the breakthrough by dismissing Gimber.

From then on, the home side folded, with Dishon (2-22) accounting for Simon Butler (3) and Overy, who top scored with 27, before Chris Smith (1) and Neil Durand (0) fell to Suman in successive deliveries.

Will Speer (2-30) picked up the wickets of David Miller (14) and Sam Smith (7), while Buddy Mason (0) holed out to spinner Derek Mian (1-13) to leave Brondesbury on the brink at 66-8.

And Suman returned for a second spell, switching from seam to spin to wrap up the innings for 78 in the 35th over, bowling Will Spencer (10) and home captain John Fosbraey (5).

There was some comfort – literally – for Brondesbury in the form of a superb debut performance in their fourth XI on Saturday.

Medium-pace bowler Moira Comfort, who plays for the Somerset CCC women’s team, returned figures of 8-52 on her first appearance for Brondesbury – although it was not enough to save them from defeat against Harrow Town.

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