Shepherds Bush confident of doing the double over Brondesbury

PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 July 2018

The latest news from the local cricket scene (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

The latest news from the local cricket scene (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Bromyard Avenue side lost by six wickets against Ealing last weekend

Shepherds Bush captain Andrew Wilson believes his team have it in them to edge what he is expecting to be a tight affair at home to Brondesbury in the Middlesex County Premier Division on Saturday.

This weekend sees the second meeting of the sides this term after an away win for the Bromyard Avenue outfit on the opening day of the season.

Bush won that game by three wickets and Wilson is expecting another close encounter this time around, but has faith his team can do the double.

“It feels like a long time since we played Brondesbury in the season opener and we look forward to hosting them,” said Wilson.

“The previous game was a close, well-fought affair and I would expect nothing less from Brondesbury, who always play to win and in the right spirit.

“I certainly feel the longer format suits our style, so if we play as we know we can we should give ourselves every chance of a win.”

Bush head into the match off the back of a six-wicket defeat at home Ealing last weekend.

After electing to bat, Bush were all out for 147 with Stephen Barnard’s 29 batting at eight the top score.

William Speer then took 2-33 with the ball, but the visitors were able to complete their chase inside 27 overs.

It was a disappointing afternoon for Bush, who are without a win in their last three league games, and Wilson acknowledges it was one of those days when nothing seemed to go right.

“Despite what seemed batting friendly conditions, the pitch offered the bowers reward for bowling good areas,” he added.

“Their attack bowled with good aggression and gave our top order limited ability to score.

“Stephen and Dexter Marsh compiled a useful partnership lower down the order, but the inability for any of the top order to put on any form of partnership hurt us.

“It was a fairly resounding win for Ealing and a disappointing day for us.

“However, I have no doubt we have the raw talent and attitude to bounce straight back and fully back all the players to get back to winning ways.

“You have these days sometimes in cricket, it’s the nature of the game.”

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