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Barking captain Gupta expecting exciting finish

PUBLISHED: 14:00 24 August 2018

The local cricket season is drawing to a close (pic: George Sessions).

The local cricket season is drawing to a close (pic: George Sessions).

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Barking captain Pulkit Gupta is expecting an exciting end to their Essex County League campaign against Bow Green this weekend, writes Jacob Ranson.

Gupta’s side host Green at Mayesbrook Park as they look to still finish second in the Premier Division.

They currently sit fifth in the table going into the final match but a win and other results going their way could lead to them finishing the season as runners-up.

“They have gone on an unbeaten run recently and I’m keen that we bring that to a close,” Gupta said.

“They beat us earlier in the year so we are looking to get them back at our ground on Saturday.

“They’re second right now, so it should be an exciting game.”

The skipper believes they can still nab second although he did admit this season has been challenging for his side.

“I believe if we beat Bow Green we can finish second in the table,” he added.

“The league campaign has been challenging for this year but we have two other cup completions that we can play for.”

Barking go into the match on the back of a narrow 17-run defeat to the 2018 champions Newham.

Despite the defeat Gupta praised his bowling unit who managed to bowl their successors out for 184.

“Newham’s batting innings can be split into three parts.,” he said. “A good opening partnership, then a glut of wickets and then a stubborn 10th-wicket partnership to take them up to their score of 184.

“I was very happy with how we bowled after the first 10 overs and it was a good effort to reduce them to 184 on a good batting wicket.”

In reply, Barking were all bowled out for 167, and the captain Gupta (70) was not happy even with his own strong performance.

“As a batsmen, the runs are no good if the team doesn’t win,” he said.

“All of the batsmen could have contributed more to get us the win.”

Gupta did say it wasn’t just the batting that let them down in the match, though, adding: “I believe we could have caught better which would have restricted Newham even further.”

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