Middlesex County League Premier Division: James Overy and Brondesbury approaching Highgate match like any other game

PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 June 2018

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The Harman Drive club are set for a busy weekend with a Middlesex knock-out cup clash at home to Hornsey coming up on Sunday

Brondesbury will not prepare to face Highgate any differently to any other club in the Middlesex County League Premier Division according to captain James Overy.

The two sides have endured tough starts to 2018, but the Harman Drive outfit are eighth and above the bottom two after winning at home to Teddington last weekend.

On Saturday they will look to make it back-to-back victories up against the division new boys, who are ninth after five games.

Although it feels an important fixture, Overy is keen for his team to treat it like any other match, he said: “We believe we can beat anyone, so we won’t take them any differently to anyone else we have played.

“They have just come up and so they won’t be used to the all-day cricket and perhaps we have an advantage there, but the best team will win on the day.

“I think it is a big game and if you look at the table even at this early stage it suggests it is a big game, but we won’t put too much pressure on the fact we are facing Highgate.

“We think we can beat anyone, so as long as we play our best I am confident we will beat anyone.”

Brondesbury showed just that on Saturday against Teddington with a solid 25-run home victory.

After losing the toss, the hosts were made to bat first, but Overy led from the front and top scored with 60 as they posted 203-6 from 50 overs.

Joe Moore added an unbeaten 47 from number six before they took to the field and managed to fight back well after Teddington had reached 60-0.

Buddy Mason (1-26), Anthony Wilkinson (1-25) and Jordan Bethel (1-46) halted the visitors flow of runs before Anshuman Rath picked up 5-16 to dismiss the away side for 178.

Overy was delighted after four games without a league win, he added: “We have had a tough start to the season, so it was good to get off the mark.

“I have seen progress compared to last year though, especially as a club, because on both of the last weekends three of our four sides have won and we have won our Sunday games as well, so it has felt like we are moving in the right direction.

“But until we got our first win it was hard to fully come out and say it and for people to believe it.”

After Saturday’s game at home to Highgate, Brondesbury will host Hornsey in the Middlesex knock-out cup on Sunday.

“I want to take the competition seriously. I think maybe in previous years we haven’t taken it seriously, but I have 15 first-teamers to pick from so that is a good sign,” said Overy.

“Obviously it shows we are in a strong position and we absolutely want to win that competition and we only have to win three games to get to the final, so we want to do well and we will have our best team out.”

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