Shepherd’s Bush overwhelm Richmond to revive promotion prospects

PUBLISHED: 13:40 08 August 2012

Miles Illingworth

Miles Illingworth


Shepherd’s Bush captain Miles Illingworth believes his side must win four of their last five games in Division Two after they grabbed a promotion lifeline by beating second-placed Richmond.

The Bromyard Avenue side halted a horrendous run of two points from their last six games with Saturday’s eight-wicket victory, closing the gap on third-placed North Middlesex to five points.

Although they trail Richmond by a further 14, Illingworth’s side have still to visit Old Deer Park for the return match, and the skipper admitted: “It’ll be difficult, but we have given ourselves a chance by beating Richmond.

“The past few weeks have been a case of not performing well enough in all three disciplines at the same time, mixed in with a lack of continuity and the rain. That may have cost us but we’ll see.

“We’ll take a lot of confidence from Saturday. If we win four out of the five games remaining, beating Richmond in the process, then we have a good chance.”

Illingworth won the toss and decided to field on a damp Bromyard Avenue wicket, with Greg Malkin making an immediate impact by dismissing Hugo Shephard (1) in his first over.

Richmond were 8-2 when Aaron Johnson ran out Dain Moreton (3) and Nick Meadows (20) was next to depart, caught off Sam Howell before Will Speer picked up the wicket of Alex Griffiths (2).

Opener James Wood (38) kept his head amidst the clatter of wickets and he and captain Kevin Barrett (11) began to repair the Richmond innings with a stand of 42 for the fifth wicket.

But Howell (3-45) broke the partnership when he had Barrett caught behind and Sam Dishon (2-21) removed Wood before taking a catch to dismiss Sam Cato (6) and give Howell his third wicket.

With Illingworth running out Mumtaz Habibullah (1) and Dishon bowling Jimmy Mugnaioni (6), it needed a late flourish of 15 not out from Shiva Prasad to haul the visitors to 135-9 from 43 overs.

Bush were given an early scare when they replied as Steve Stacey (2-28) had Tom Bryan (3) caught behind and then bowled Dishon (16) to leave the home side on 35-2.

But Aaron Johnson showed signs of recapturing his early season form with a blistering knock of 71 not out from just 40 balls, which included three fours and seven sixes.

At the other end, Bryan Mayers hit an unbeaten 35 on his first appearance for the first team this season, and the pair stayed together in an unbroken stand of 102 as they guided Bush to victory in the 27th over.

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