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Shepherd’s Bush suffer shock defeat to Ickenham

PUBLISHED: 18:07 22 July 2013 | UPDATED: 18:07 22 July 2013

Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson

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Shepherd’s Bush (0 pts) 169

Ickenham (10) 171-8

Derek Mian took seven wickets against Ickenham, but it wasn’t enough as Shepherd’s Bush suffered a shock defeat at the hands of the division’s bottom club.

After a poor batting display, at the end of which Shepherd’s Bush had been skittled for 169, Mian did his best to rescue his team-mates, ending the day with figures of 7-34.

However, Steve Gibson (19 not out) and Andy Marshall (17no) ensured Ickenham did just enough for the 10 points, as they dealt Bush’s promotion hopes another blow.

Bush have now managed just one win from their last six matches, although they remain third in the table thanks to Harrow and Harrow St Marys’ failure to win at the weekend.

Ickenham won the toss and decided to bowl, and they made an early breakthrough as Matt Saunders removed Sam Dishon (1) with just four runs on the board.

Tom Bryan (8) followed shortly afterwards, caught by Daniel Pope off Gibson’s delivery.

Alex Mitchell (15) and Aaron Johnson (74) then put on 62 for the third wicket, guiding their side to 93 before Gibson struck again to remove Mitchell.

Johnson was then caught by George Bensted off Gibson, and from 110-4 the wickets then began to tumble.

Dan Davis (5), Sam Howell (1) and Amit Suman (3) all fell cheaply, and when Gibson removed Michael Cunnachie for a duck Bush were in serious trouble on 123-8.

Dominic Harris hung on stubbornly to make 45 and take his side past the 150-mark, but when he was dismissed by Paul Sims Bush were all out for 169.

Ickenham began their reply with a 45 partnership between Ross Berti and Charith Gunasekara, and reached 64 before Mian struck, removing Berti for 17. That signalled a collapse of sorts, as Mian struck twice more, removing Crompton and Goldstone for ducks.

Mian was in irresistible form, bringing Gunasekara’s innings to an end on 50, and when he also removed Pope (12), Sam Bensted (14) and George Bensted (23), Ickenham were wobbling on 131-7, with Bush threatening to steal an unlikely win.

However, Gibson and Marshall finally steadied the Ickenham ship, and the day ended in frustration for Bush as the home side edged to victory.


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