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Ollie James ‘masterclass’ helps Shepherds Bush down Brondesbury

PUBLISHED: 15:00 10 July 2018

The local cricket season is well underway (pic: George Sessions).

The local cricket season is well underway (pic: George Sessions).

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Andrew Wilson praises the performances of Ollie James and Dexter Marsh after Bush triumph by 137 runs

Andrew Wilson hailed the display of Shepherds Bush batsman Ollie James after he struck an unbeaten 105 to help defeat Brondesbury in the Middlesex County League Premier Division on Saturday.

The Bromyard Avenue club won the toss and batted first last weekend before they smashed 358-4 declared from 64 overs.

James scored Bush’s first century of the season and it contributed towards a fine 137-run win over Brondesbury.

Wilson said: “Jack Brydon and George Collins got us off to a flying start with Jack taking the attack to their opening bowlers, smashing 60 off 46 balls.

“George also took the attack to the bowlers with 39 from 54. Unfortunately both fell within the space of an over bringing Ollie and myself to the crease.

“Brondesbury did well to seize the moment with two new batsmen and bowled tidy and patient spin in the form of Anthony Wilkinson (2-96 off 24 overs).

“James and I managed to consolidate and take the score to 206-3 with 40 over gone, and with wickets in hand.

“We pressed on the accelerator with Alex Blofield coming in at five and smashing 53 from 35 including an over that went for 28!

“This was then replicated again by our 16-year-old Idris Otto-Mian, who was left unbeaten on 48 from 32 deliveries. The plaudits however must go to Ollie.

“He was the rock at the other end throughout the entire innings, batting for almost 50 overs in 30 degree heat. He expertly turned over the strike and put away any loose deliveries.

“Ollie was unbeaten on 105 upon declaring at 358 for 4 from 63 overs. One of the finest Bush knocks I have witnessed and a masterclass in making batting look easy.”

After such an impressive display at the crease, it was now over to the bowlers to see if they could claim another Premier Division victory.

It wasn’t easy for Bush with Brondesbury looking in a strong position with Anshuman Rath (60) and Jordan Bethel (33) at the crease.

They put on 91 for the third wicket, but James dismissed Rath and Bethel on his way to recording figures of 3-61.

He was overshadowed with the ball by Dexter Marsh, however, who claimed 5-58 from 17.3 overs to help dismiss Brondesbury for 221 in the 55th over of the match.

Wilson added: “Rath and Bethel steadied the ship for them until man of the day Ollie found the breakthrough.

“Bethel followed soon after, also to James who bowled with good turn and aggressive lines, but Brondesbury’s lower, middle order did well to stop further wickets falling and were solid in defence.

“However, a final roll of the dice saw Dexter step up as the hero again and roll through numbers six to nine with Ed Price (2-33) taking the valuable wicket of number 10 Nick Jones to win us the game.”

The victory has moved Bush up to fifth in the table with 10 of the 18 games in the Premier Division completed.

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