Watts Robbed of win

PUBLISHED: 11:29 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:17 24 August 2010

SHEPHERDS Bush were unable to finish off the league s bottom side on Saturday, being forced to settle for a winning draw instead. Barnes have yet to take more than a solitary point...

SHEPHERDS BUSH (279-7) drew with BARNES (221-8)

SHEPHERDS Bush were unable to finish off the league's bottom side on Saturday, being forced to settle for a winning draw instead.

Barnes have yet to take more than a solitary point from any of their games this season, but they made 221-8 from their 51 overs to dent SB's promotion challenge.

"It was a disappointing result because we had Barnes earmarked as a 10-pointer," said stand-in skipper Will Speer. "Maybe we should have bowled first but on reflection we weren't too upset because we batted really well."

SB won the toss and elected to put their opponents into the field on a hot day, preferring to have the first go on a good track.

Tom Stone was dismissed early on, but Michael Padbury came in to steady the innings, pushing up the run-rate and punishing the bad balls on his way to 61.

At the other end ever-steady opener Robbie Watts top-scored with a cool 79 as the pair kept the scoreboard ticking over.

De La Rey Terblanche made a quick-fire 73 further down the order as Shepherds Bush built an imposing total, and Speer and Amit Suman lashed some big sixes over the boundary to add almost 50 runs in the last couple of overs.

The visitors declared on 279-7 after 50 overs, confident that they had plenty of time to bowl out the division's weakest side, but they had reckoned without the pitch, which had flattened out considerably during the first innings.

Suman took his customary haul of wickets, picking up 6-60, but Barnes refused to be dismissed and Tom Corrie was particularly stubborn on his way to 55.

The home side rode their luck on a few occasions, but Derek Mian did well to hold onto a catch on the boundary to finally dismiss Corrie.

SB continued to pick up wickets at important moments in the innings, but Barnes enjoyed their stint on the welcoming wicket and reached their target to steal their third losing draw of the campaign.

This weekend Shepherds Bush face Acton at home. "It's a big local derby," said Speer, "a match that we're always up for - we'll be looking to get back to winning ways again.

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