Hornsey’s debut duo make an immediate impact in victory over Brondesbury

League debutants Jamie Harris and Johnny Fawcett made an immediate impact for Hornsey as they swept to a resounding win at Brondesbury in Division Two.

Opening batsman Harris top scored with 76 to set up a commanding total of 254-7 from 45 overs after Hornsey had won the toss and chosen to take first knock at Harman Drive.

And Fawcett then bamboozled Brondesbury with his left-arm spin, returning figures of 4-26 from 6.5 overs as the home side were dismissed for just 152 in reply.

New skipper Paul Weekes (15) and Joe Emmanuel (19) helped Harris to get Hornsey off to a good start before overseas star Sean Solia laid into the Brondesbury attack with a knock of 72.

There were contributions all the way down, with only Jack Goldberg, who was run out for seven, missing out on double figures as Bhasker Patel (10) and Garfield Struthers (12) kept the scoreboard ticking over.

Fawcett (17 not out) and Steve Atkinson (10no) hauled Hornsey over the 250 mark to set their hosts what looked a stiff target – and it duly proved way beyond them.

Brondesbury opening pair Hugh Gimber (25) and James Overy (19) built a solid platform, but both fell victim to Fawcett, who also had Tom Shaw (7) stumped by Goldberg.

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Glenn Phillips (32) and Jordan Bethel (44no) kept their side in contention as they reached 108-3 but, once Weekes (3-24) had removed Phillips, a clatter of wickets ensued.

Anthony Wilkinson (3) gave Goldberg his second stumping and Sam Smith, Buddy Mason and Adam Wilson all departed for ducks before Fawcett sealed Hornsey’s victory, trapping last man Callum Porteous (3) leg before in the 31st over.

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