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Attitude frustrates Embery

PUBLISHED: 17:06 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 12:29 11 August 2010

GOODMAYES & BLYTHS-WOOD S recent fine form came to an abrupt halt when they went down by four wickets to Hawks at the weekend. Back-to-back wins in the Lords Essex International League Division One had given rise to optimism that Goodmayes could muster a

GOODMAYES & BLYTHS-WOOD'S recent fine form came to an abrupt halt when they went down by four wickets to Hawks at the weekend.

Back-to-back wins in the Lords Essex International League Division One had given rise to optimism that Goodmayes could muster a run of victories to take them into promotion territory, but defeat here left them marooned four points above the relegation zone.

Their score of 196 was not earth-shattering but the potential was there for Goodmayes to eek out a triumph that would have lifted the club in terms of confidence as well as league placings.

Yet after Hawks made their way past their opponents' total with four wickets in hand, Goodmayes captain Mark Embery was left to criticise his team's bowling and fielding, rather than their batting, and questioned the attitude of his younger players.

"We had 196 to start off with and we batted okay but it was not what I was looking for. Our fielding and bowling was not up to scratch. A few of them let themselves down," he said.

He singled out Akila Deekirikawage, who had made just eight runs before losing his wicket to a catch, as one of those who disappointed, but there were others who fell below the required standard.

Phil Hand (1), Manny Rayit (4), Russell Richards (10), Kevin Reinhardt (0) and Dave Wright (1) all failed to make a meaningful contribution at the crease even though Adam Sheekey (17), Avdhut Chandane (24), Zahid Habib (34) and Kevin Livingstone (33) conjured some resistance with the bat.

That, though, was to be insufficient as Hawks remained largely untroubled by Good-mayes' bowling and encouraged by their inept display in the field.

Embery suggested that he will drop at least two players to accommodate experienced duo Tony Abbott and Mark Wallin and added: "I'll be looking to give those two a chance because they deserve a chance."

For Goodmayes, there was only intense disappointment where there might have been a morale-boosting victory fuelling the belief that they can mount a serious challenge this season to reclaim the Premier Division place they lost two years ago.

Habib and Livingstone took two wickets each as Reinhardt and Richards shared the other wickets, but it was too little too late.

"Our attitude was poor," he said.

"I really fancied us to win this one and make it three on the trot but it wasn't to be. It was disappointing. We have Asians away on Saturday and that will be a hard game.

"We need to get back on track. Those who will be dropped for that game will hopefully realise that they will have to roll their sleeves up and work.


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