Shepherd’s Bush captain Sam Dishon confident his side will get promoted

PUBLISHED: 18:57 04 August 2014 | UPDATED: 18:57 04 August 2014

Shepherd's Bush captain Sam Dishon. Pic: Max Flego

Shepherd's Bush captain Sam Dishon. Pic: Max Flego

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Shepherd’s Bush captain Sam Dishon believes his side can still achieve promotion this season despite back-to-back defeats.

Bush lost to Brentham by seven wickets on Saturday which followed on from their loss at the hands of Enfield a week earlier, leaving them 19 points behind league leaders Indian Gymkhana.

Dishon told the Times: “It has been a disappointing couple of weeks.

“We were effectively bowled out by one player against Enfield. I misread the wicket, which I though was benign, but it turned out to be quite unpredictable and the pace of Leo Smith (7-31) was too much for us.

“The defeat against Brentham was almost a similar story. I lost the toss and we were put in to bat and I have to credit the opening Brentham bowlers Matthew Lowen (2-42) and Tim Duncraft (5-27), who were in good form and took seven wickets between them.”

Dishon says his side can take some positives from the latest defeat as they look ahead to this weekend’s match against bottom side Winchmore Hill.

Dishon said: “There were one or two questionable shots played by batsman in our top order and we were in a bit of a predicament at 63-5.

“But Dominic Harris, who is our No6 batsman, played a very responsible innings and his partnership with our No10 Ed Morse added 46 runs and helped set us to a total that we thought we could defend.”

Having posted 156 from 47.2 overs, Dishon was disappointed that Brentham reached 157-3 in reply.

“We didn’t bowl well,” he said. “It was too loose and there was no consistency. We put down a couple of chances to take wickets in the field as well.

“We were out-bowled, out-fielded and outperformed but we still believe we can finish in the top two.”

Bush will entertain Winchmore Hill on Saturday and Dishon is confident his side will not let the table affect their performance.

“Winchmore Hill have a couple of excellent players in Sam Newman and Jim Gatting,” he said.

“If you look at the league table you might think, with the team in second playing the team at the bottom, that we should win – but they will want to make a statement and I don’t think you can say there is an easy game in this league. We will not be taking them lightly.”

Dishon is looking forward to a thrilling end to the season which he hopes will end in promotion and a League Cup victory.

He said: “It’s very tight. I don’t think it’s impossible to catch Indian Gymkhana at the top.

“I don’t think they are unbeatable and our game against them in a couple of weeks is a key fixture.

“We also have a big game against Stanmore a week on Sunday (August 17) which is the semi-final of the League Cup.”

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