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Cricket: Shepherds Bush skipper Andrew Wilson expects tough test at Richmond in Middlesex County Premier Division

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 June 2018

The latest news from the local cricket scene (pic: Jacob Ranson)

The latest news from the local cricket scene (pic: Jacob Ranson)

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Bromyard Avenue outfit beat Twickenham by 87 runs at home last weekend

Andrew Wilson is expecting a close-fought game when Shepherds Bush visit Richmond in the Middlesex County Premier Division on Saturday.

When the sides met in the league last season, Bush won one of the clashes, with Richmond triumphing in the other.

The Bromyard Avenue side, though, have started the new campaign in decent form, with an 87-run win at home to Twickenham last Saturday their second win in four league games this term.

And though Wilson is expecting a tough trip to Richmond on Saturday, he remains confident Bush can maintain their solid start to the new campaign.

“We will look to take this form into our trip to Richmond next week,” said Wilson.

“Richmond seem to have gotten off to a strong start and are always a very organised side.

“We both beat each other once last year so it could be a close game if both sides continue their form.”

Against Twickenham last Saturday, Bush lost the toss and were put into bat, but made 283 before being dismissed.

Oliver James top scored with 59 for the Bromyard Avenue side in their innings, and Wilson was pleased with the Bush batsman’s display.

“Ollie showed his class on his return from injury with a well-earned half-century,” added Wilson.

“He and Alex Blofield laid the bedrock for a strong total with a fluent century partnership, while Ali Easton and Steve Barnard finished the innings in style with some big hits and good running.”

With the ball, Bush were also in good form against Twickenham, bowling the visitors out for 196 in reply.

James Kidson (3-23) and James (3-52) both took three wickets apiece, and Wilson was pleased with the display on the whole from the bowling attack.

“Steve Barnard and Dexter Marsh produced a stunning opening spell of quick bowling, putting the total almost out of reach after 15 overs,” said the skipper.

“The seamers laid the platform and the spinners Ollie, James and Ali cashed in sharing the other nine wickets between them.

“It was a professional performance from a side that seems to grow every week.”

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