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Super Sam saves Bush from humiliation

PUBLISHED: 16:45 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 13:35 24 August 2010

SHEPHERD'S Bush clawed their way back from the brink from a second successive defeat at the weekend, with Sam Dishon salvaging a point at struggling Richmond. Ed Reynolds side were set a massive 266 to chase...

SHEPHERD'S Bush clawed their way back from the brink from a second successive defeat at the weekend, with Sam Dishon salvaging a point at struggling Richmond.

Ed Reynolds' side were set a massive 266 to chase and, after losing the first four wickets for just 13 runs, a heavy defeat looked certain before the visitors recovered to grab a share of the spoils.

Before the start of play Bush sat nine points ahead of their hosts but, after winning the toss and asking Richmond to bat, Reynolds and his team-mates were given a batting masterclass.

Stephen Bail fell early on for a duck, trapped lbw by Amit Suman (pictured), but it took another 144 runs for SB to take their second wicket.

De la Rey Terblanche eventually caught Barrett (73) off Suman (2-91), and Bush seemed to be making inroads when Nick Alexander (6) was run out.

However, Stephen Price was already on 65 at that point and, together with Dominic Ridley, the pair put on another 51 for the fourth wicket.

Price (92) finally fell eight runs short of his century, finding Jack Brydon in the field off Mehul Ashara (1-80), but at 207-4 the damage had been done.

There was still time for wicketkeeper Ridley to reach 63 not out, while Raoul Colville made a swift 18 before Richmond declared on 266-4 after 46 overs.

Bush's hopes of chasing down their target were dealt a hammer blow as Ben Colbeck was caught by Barrett off Tom Bartram for a duck.

Moments later his replacement Shani R Kamalia was also back in the pavilion, making just two before being caught.

Opener Robbie Watts (5) immediately completed a trio of early tragedies as Bartam trapped him leg before.

And Byron Tudor was hard on his heels, facing just four balls and failing to score before becoming Bartram's third victim, caught by Ridley.

At 13-4 Bush looked dead in the water, and any hopes of a run chase had been well and truly sunk inside the first seven overs.

However, just when the vulnerable visitors needed a hero or two, Dishon and Terblanche stepped up and salvaged the innings.

Needing to see out the day, the pair faced a total of 193 balls between them, incidentally racking up a 60-run partnership in a resilient and belligerent double act.

Terblanche (44) fell lbw to Phil Stevenson after hitting six fours and a six while heavily on the back foot.

There was still work to be done, and the nerves resurfaced in the Bush camp when Reynolds was caught by Barrett off Phil Stephenson (2-27).

But Will Speer (28) saw off another 34 balls and, although he was caught lbw by Dan Marokse (2-33), Ashara (1 not out) stepped in to finish the job alongside Dishon (37 not out).


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