Shepherd’s Bush captain isn’t getting carried away despite triumph over Brondesbury

PUBLISHED: 17:20 15 July 2015

Shepherd's Bush spinner James Kidson (right) celebrates with captain Jack Brydon after removing Brondesbury's Tom Shaw - one of his four victims. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Shepherd's Bush spinner James Kidson (right) celebrates with captain Jack Brydon after removing Brondesbury's Tom Shaw - one of his four victims. Pic: Paolo Minoli


Shepherd’s Bush captain Jack Brydon refused to get carried away after a hard-earned win over Brondesbury on Saturday kept his side firmly in the title race.

Brondesbury's Sam Smith hit 49 off 40 balls. Pic: Paolo MinoliBrondesbury's Sam Smith hit 49 off 40 balls. Pic: Paolo Minoli

The Bush skipper led the way, rediscovering some form to hit 82 off 84 balls, before superb fielding saw off a determined fightback from the out-of-form visitors – who have now lost three games in a row – leaving Brydon’s men still just a point adrift of leaders Eastcote.

He insisted his side need to focus not on the prize at the end of the campaign, but the next job in hand – namely this Saturday’s trip to Enfield.

“We are definitely not getting ahead of ourselves,” he told the Times. “We know anyone can beat anyone and that Enfield are a tough opposition, particularly at their place, but we are very much looking forward to the challenge.”

Brydon wasted no time scoring some overdue runs, helping Bush to overcome the early loss of Rob McCarroll by sharing half-century stands with Ian Massey (23) and Tom Felton (21).

He was the dominant partner on both occasions, hitting a six and 13 fours in his knock of 82, which came at almost a run a ball.

Brydon, though, was quick to praise middle-order duo Pritesh Vaghela (47) and Dan Davis (36) for pushing on again after he and Felton had fallen within a few balls of one another to leave Bush vulnerable at 132-4.

“It was important we steadied the ship and Pritesh and Dan did that, taking us over the 200 mark and allowing us to attack Brondesbury at the end of the innings,” he said.

Brondesbury counter-attacked from the off with a positive opening stand of 60, in which Sam Smith hit 10 fours en route to notching 47, made in just 40 balls.

Then it was the turn of spin king James Kidson (4-57) to take centre stage, getting one through Smith’s defences before having Armaan Treon caught by Freddie John for six.

Tom Shaw (15) was also bowled and Jordan Bethel (4) trapped in front in what looked certain to be a match-winning spell by the slow bowler.

Paceman Will Speer chipped in with a couple of wickets and when the irrepressible Kidson threw down the stumps to run out Neil Durand for a duck, all seemed lost for Brondesbury at 111-7.

Yet Will Russell (73), who had stood firm through the carnage, and Buddy Mason (60) launched a counter-offensive, each scoring at almost a run a ball in a stand of 92 which left Bush feeling uneasy once more. Mason was particularly belligerent, hitting two sixes and eight fours.

It needed two exceptional pieces of fielding to provide the final twist of a fluctuating game. First Speer ran out Russell with a direct hit from the boundary, before McCarroll clung on to the most difficult of chances to remove the dangerous Mason. Brydon termed the first “brilliant” and the second “extraordinary”.

Brondesbury will take heart from the fight shown, but will be desperate to halt the slide which has taken them into the relegation zone when they entertain Harrow St Mary’s on Saturday.

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