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Barking captain Gupta says it was a special feeling to be crowned league cup champs

PUBLISHED: 14:00 11 September 2018

Barking celebrating their League Cup success (Pic: Barking CC)

Barking celebrating their League Cup success (Pic: Barking CC)

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Barking were crowned Essex County League Cup champions to add to their T20 silverware and cap off a successful season after a 114-run victory against Ace-Avengers, writes Jacob Ranson.

Captain Pulkit Gupta and former captain Ehsan Afzal pose with the league cup and T20 cup (Pic: Barking CC)Captain Pulkit Gupta and former captain Ehsan Afzal pose with the league cup and T20 cup (Pic: Barking CC)

And captain Pulkit Gupta admitted it was a great feeling as they broke a new record of sealing both cup titles in the same season, despite having a poor season in the Essex County League Premier Division.

“It is a great feeling, as we have never done the T20 and League Cup double, so it does feel very special indeed,” Gupta said.

“The most pleasing part is that it was a complete performance from our team, with all three departments clicking well.

“The top order laid a solid foundation for us to get a big score, and the bowlers backed them up with disciplined bowling. We also held on to all of our catches, which are very important in a cup final.”

The skipper has labelled the campaign a success despite not being able to retain their league title, adding: “Winning two trophies in a season has to be a success for us.

“Even though we did not win the league, we finished runners up, which isn’t a complete disaster. This shows the high standards we set at Barking.”

Gupta was delighted with his own performance as he scored 92 off 83 balls, with four sixes and five fours, to help his side to a total of 235-8 from 40 overs.

“It’s always pleasing to score runs, and as a batsman in the top order, this is our main responsibility,” he said. “The wicket was very low and dry, meaning the slower bowlers were a real handful to face.

“Helping the team get up to 235 was very pleasing, even though I was personally disappointed not to reach three figures.”

Gupta then praised Usman Mahmood (4-12) for his efforts with the ball as Barking bowled their opponents out for 121.

“Usman’s spell was just unplayable.,” he added

“He was extracting significant turn from the wicket, and to only concede 12 runs in seven overs is magnificent.

“Usman and his fellow spinners squeezed Ace in the middle overs and it was this pressure which meant that they could not get close to our score.

“Usman was awarded the man of the match award for his performance.”

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