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Brave Goodmayes are pipped as Asian shine

PUBLISHED: 17:52 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 12:29 11 August 2010

Asian 242-8 beat Goodmayes & Blythswood 220 by 22 runs GOODMAYES & BLYTHSWOOD were left to rue what their vice-captain Adam Sheekey described as a below-par bowling display during their 22-run Essex Lords International League Division One defeat to Asia

Asian 242-8 beat Goodmayes & Blythswood 220 by 22 runs

GOODMAYES & BLYTHSWOOD were left to rue what their vice-captain Adam Sheekey described as "a below-par bowling display" during their 22-run Essex Lords International League Division One defeat to Asian IIs.

Asian batted first and set about making their way towards a competitive total, but were helped by some sloppy bowling which allowed them to make 242-8 from their innings.

There were two wickets apiece from Zaheed Habib and Kevin Reinhardt and two run-outs to aid Goodmayes, but it was not enough to restrict Asian to a total under 200 and swing the match in their favour.

Sheekey, the former captain until Mark Embery's appointment to the role this summer, was far from happy with Goodmayes' bowling and singled out Habib as failing to "bowl to his usual standards," despite his brace of wickets.

"We just didn't bowl very well. Zaheed wasn't up to his usual self and they got off to a good start," Sheekey reflected.

"Our fielding wasn't too bad but our bowling was not good. It's tailed off in the last couple of weeks."

He was, however, satisfied with his team's batting performance and there were notable knocks from Russell Richards (41) and Raj Boparai (37), although that did not see Goodmayes wrestle back the match from Asian's grasp.

"The batting has been good," said Sheekey.

"If we keep scoring over 200 then we'll win the majority of our games," Sheekey added defiantly, having seen his team bowled out for 220 in pursuit of their opponent's score.

He and his team-mates were left nursing painful disappointment.


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