Shepherd’s Bush lose for fourth game running as Richmond ease to victory
PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 June 2016
Shepherd’s Bush’s form shows no signs of improving after they lost for the fourth time in succession, against title contenders Richmond at Bromyard Avenue.
Bush won the toss, forcing their visitors to bat first, and they got off to a good start as Sam Howell dismissed Arthur Sewell for just five runs.
Sewell’s opening partner displayed much more resistance, however, as James Irvine-Fortescue hit 11 fours and two sixes on his way to a strong knock of 74.
Ben Compton assisted Irvine-Fortescue by making a patient 51 off 124 balls, hitting five boundaries of his own – and the pair shared an 85-run second-wicket partnership before Irvine-Fortescue fell victim to the combination of a Miles Illingworth delivery and a Howell catch.
Abhishek Jhunjhunwala made a brief appearance at the crease, scoring just one run before Tom Felton removed him – and Alex Griffiths only made eight before being run out by Ed Morse while Greg King fell for a duck, clean-bowled by James Kidson.
Compton finally departed as Kidson struck again, but that brought Jack Porter into the game and he made a real impression, hitting a quickfire 62 off just 47 balls – including 10 fours and two sixes – before Howell claimed his second wicket, leaving Richmond with a total of 237-8 after 61 overs.
Bush’s response with the bat was again toothless as the hosts made just 99 before being all bowled out, with Tom Hemingway taking 7-25.
Opener Jack Brydon was the top scorer for his team with a meagre 19 runs. Andrew Wilson contributed 16 while Will Speer and Howell were the only other two batsmen to hit double figures, both making 17.
The middle order completely collapsed as only 21 runs were added at the cost of five wickets – and the ill-fated innings was brought to an end after just 37.3 overs.
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