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PUBLISHED: 13:20 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:36 24 August 2010

James Overy bats for Brondesbury during the Middlesex County Cricket League Division One game between Brondesbury and Hampstead at Harman Drive, Cricklewood on Sat June 20, 2009

James Overy bats for Brondesbury during the Middlesex County Cricket League Division One game between Brondesbury and Hampstead at Harman Drive, Cricklewood on Sat June 20, 2009

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NEW arrival James Overy struck a classy half-century on his debut for Brondesbury as they gleaned a share of the spoils against Hampstead. The 19-year-old, who left Brentham earlier this month, guided his new team out of the mire at 66-4 and into a winnin

NEW arrival James Overy struck a classy half-century on his debut for Brondesbury as they gleaned a share of the spoils against Hampstead.

The 19-year-old, who left Brentham earlier this month, guided his new team out of the mire at 66-4 and into a winning position, but they eventually failed to capture all 10 Hampstead wickets.

Brondesbury skipper John Fosbraey was pleased by the performance of the new boy, saying: "James was originally going to play in the second XI, but we had a couple of pull-outs.

"He came in and saved our bacon with some brilliant batting. I'd only seen him for half an hour on the bowling machine, but some of the other guys had played against him last season and spoke highly of him.

"It was a very mature, classy innings, extremely technically correct, and he batted very well with the tail and got us to a good total. I think we had the better of the game and we were the only side that could have won it at the end."

Brondesbury were in trouble early on after being put in to bat, with opener John Simpson out hooking Leo Smith for just two and Nick Jones departing for the same score.

Tom Simpson (35) and Joe Moore (21) took the home side along to 60-2, but both fell in quick succession and it required the cool head of Overy to steady the ship.

Overy batted for more than two hours to make 73 and found a reliable ally in Byron Vermaak (26), who helped him to add 66 for the seventh wicket before he fell to Zac Khan (3-69).

Rob Nelson filled the gap with a breezy 31 not out, sharing an unbroken partnership of 41 with Toby Sharpe (16no) before Brondesbury declared on 236-8 after 66 overs.

Vermaak (3-54) had Hampstead on the back foot immediately when Ben Moore was caught behind for a duck and then bowled Mohammed Akhtar for 11 to leave the visitors on 34-2.

But Hampstead captain Paul Weekes survived a chance to make 38 before John Simpson stumped him to hand Nelson (2-51) his 300th Brondesbury first-team wicket.

Mark Harvey (45) and Shaun Levy (37no) kept Hampstead in contention, but were forced to shut up shop and settle for the four-point draw at 210-7 after Vermaak returned to dismiss Dexter Thomas.

"Rob's a complete legend at the club - it's thoroughly deserved and he was well pleased," added Fosbraey. "He got five wickets for the second XI the week before and bowled extremely well on Saturday as well.

"We just fell three wickets short but, in six of our seven games so far, we've created opportunities and got ourselves into winning positions. We're just not stepping up and killing sides off.


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