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Watts going on? Bush run riot

PUBLISHED: 14:14 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:17 24 August 2010

R Watts bats for Shepherds Bush during the Middlesex County Cricket League Division Two game between North Middlesex and Shepherds Bush, played at Park Road, Crouch End on Sat May 24, 2008.

R Watts bats for Shepherds Bush during the Middlesex County Cricket League Division Two game between North Middlesex and Shepherds Bush, played at Park Road, Crouch End on Sat May 24, 2008.

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ROBBIE Watts struck his maiden century for Bush as the club stormed to the top of Division Two after destroying Twickenham by 221 runs on Saturday. The home side were left ruing their decision to send Bush in as Watts, in tandem with Michael Padbury, help

ROBBIE Watts struck his maiden century for Bush as the club stormed to the top of Division Two after destroying Twickenham by 221 runs on Saturday.

The home side were left ruing their decision to send Bush in as Watts, in tandem with Michael Padbury, helped the visitors amass a commanding 279-3 declared.

And Twickenham - who have passed the 300 mark twice already on their home patch - folded with a whimper as in-form paceman Amit Suman sent them packing for just 58.

"Robbie batted brilliantly," declared Bush captain Ed Reynolds. "He played a faultless innings all the way through and was ably supported by Mike Padbury.

"It looked like a good batting track, but there was a bit of variety. Even though Twickenham have some aggressive batsmen, we were confident we could defend that total.

"To be honest, our bowlers were far too good for them. They didn't have a clue what to do against Amit and he could have got a couple more if decisions had gone his way."

Reynolds and Watts took Bush past the 50 mark before the skipper perished to a loose stroke, but Padbury replaced him and helped keep the run rate around a healthy five an over.

Padbury eventually fell for 80, but Watts remained undefeated on 110 and, with De La Rey Terblanche adding a quickfire 30, Bush declared after 53 overs.

Any fears that Twickenham might mount a successful chase were quickly dispelled as Suman tore into their batting line-up to finish with figures of 6-24.

Middlesex seamer Alan Richardson, who was playing as part of his return from injury, bowled tidily for a single wicket and a smart run-out from Rocky Ashara maintained Bush's domination.

Terblanche completed the rout with the last two wickets, finishing with a caught and bowled to end Twickenham's miserable innings in the 28th over and clinch a whopping 221-run victory for buoyant Bush.

Reynolds added: "It was as comprehensive a victory as I've played in and it sends the right message around the rest of the league. We've played the sides around us and we're the only ones not to have lost a game yet.

"As long as we can continue to bowl sides out, we're going to be a difficult proposition for anyone - but I'm conscious of the need to keep calm and concentrate on the next game.


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