Struggling Bush suffer another setback
PUBLISHED: 17:31 14 July 2010 | UPDATED: 15:08 24 August 2010
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SHEPHERD S Bush skipper Shani Kamalia admits this season has been disappointing in every single way after his side stayed rooted to the foot of the Premier League. Kamalia s team escaped with a point from their clash with Stanmore despite a disastrous o
SHEPHERD'S Bush skipper Shani Kamalia admits this season has been 'disappointing in every single way' after his side stayed rooted to the foot of the Premier League.
Kamalia's team escaped with a point from their clash with Stanmore despite a disastrous opening spell at the wicket in which Stanmore's Dipesh Javed took 4-30.
But, with eight games to go in the season, Kamalia admits his side must improve quickly - or face the consequences.
"I thought we were lucky to escape with a point to be honest, we were poor in all three disciplines," admitted the captain.
"We were certainly expecting a lot better at the start of the season, the side is better than this but it's just been disappointing in every single way so far.
"I think at times we haven't had the luck you sometimes need, but we haven't been good enough. I'm not setting any targets for the rest of the season, just improve."
Bush's task initially did not appear too tricky on Saturday as they restricted their mid-table opponents to a relatively low total of 227-9 declared. But it was a wretched batting display - which saw four wickets fall early on - that undid Kamalia's hopes of a rare Bush win.
Bush won the toss and elected to bowl, and soon dismissed Stanmore opener Steve Mehra (8), who was caught off De la Rey Terblanche.
William Speer took Jonathan Whealing (13), but Tim Percival made 70 to take his side to 147-3, before the Bush bowlers turned the screw.
Percival perished to Ahillen Beadle, and Beadle quickly dismissed Nicholas Goh (8) and William Hanson (56).
Mehul Ashara bowled Navin Samarakoon (4), before Jimi Chialoufous (37) guided Stanmore past the 200-mark and towards a respectable total.
Amit Suman then accounted for Marc Reingold (6) and Mukesh Bhatt (2), leaving Jadav (19 not out) and Paul McIver (4no) to complete the Stanmore innings.
Shepherd's Bush required a strong start in reply; instead they saw opener Beadle (1) fall immediately to Paul McIver, and the innings quickly deteriorated.
Miles Illlingworth (8) quickly became McIver's second victim, before Kamalia (3) was caught by Reingold and Mitchell (7) became McIver's third wicket of the afternoon, leaving Shepherd's Bush in real trouble on 28-4.
De la Rey Terblanche became the first Bush man to make double figures, managing to reach 32 before he was trapped lbw by Jadav, and two more wickets followed as Davis fell for 15 and Speer went for a duck to Jadav.
Jadav also dismissed Suman (1), before Bush staged a revival of sorts through thier tait-end.
Ashara made 19 not out, and Josh Davey (38no) stood firm to drag a point out of a contest Bush had rarely looked capable of winning.