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’Brook defeated in a last-wicket thriller!

PUBLISHED: 11:49 29 May 2008 | UPDATED: 12:26 11 August 2010

Upminster 109 beat Goresbrook 106 by 3 runs. GORESBROOK Sunday first s narrowly lost in a nail-biting finale against Upminster as the ball proved to overcome the bat in wet, bowler-friendly conditions. Goresbrook skipper Michael Rooke won the toss for th

Upminster 109 beat

Goresbrook 106 by 3 runs.

GORESBROOK Sunday first's narrowly lost in a nail-biting finale against Upminster as the ball proved to overcome the bat in wet, bowler-friendly conditions.

Goresbrook skipper Michael Rooke won the toss for the second time in as many matches and decided to bowl.

This decision appeared to be justified as the opening bowlers Kane Messenger and Shaddai Smith had the Upminster openers in trouble on several occasions.

Smith's consistency and patience eventually paid off finding the edges of both opening batsmen, both sharply taken by the keeper Irving and first slip Walsh respectively, to end the dangerous looking partnership of McNally and Bussey.

Bowling through his full eight overs, Smith finished a superb new ball spell with 2-16.

At 40-2, Rooke introduced himself and experienced leg spinner Walsh into the attack.

In their six overs Rooke claimed 2-20, and Walsh 1-14, as the introduction of two spinners, Toby Maund and Brian Kulasena, in tandem pegged the visitors back further.

Brief innings from R White (16) and N Ison (17) managed to take Upminster nearer to three figures, until a well-flighted delivery from Maund had White stumped and an unfortunate played-on sent Ison back off the bowling of Kulasena.

Clever tail-end bowling from the two young spinners (Maund 2-14, Kulasena 3-8) finished the Upminster innings off quickly on 109 off 36.2 overs.

The young opening pairing of Rooke and Maund took Goresbrook to 20 before Rooke (9) was well caught at slip off the quick bowling of McNally.

Maund soon followed after being tempted into a big drive by Sutton and was caught at third man for 17.

Irving departed in similar fashion without scoring and 'Brook were left reeling at 30-3. Third man in, Livett reached 14 before being dubiously giving out leg-before off White.

A gritty middle order innings from Greg Barwick, seven off 31 balls, and Lawrence Walsh, two from 24 balls, steadied the ship until both were bowled leaving 'Brook six down still requiring 50 runs, but the introduction of Jo Wilkinson revived Goresbrook's hopes of a win.

He hit three fours and a six before being yorked when McNally was re-introduced.

Still requiring 25, 'Brook relied upon the talent of Kulasena, and when he pulled Ison over square leg for the biggest six of the day just 18 runs were needed.

Two balls later Ison claimed revenge and Kulasena was caught well at gully attempting a back foot drive.

This mean the last wicket partnership, combining the exuberance of Smith and the experience of Martin Rooke, required 16 for a one-wicket victory.

The pairing edged their way closer to the target until when just one boundary was required, a second dubious decision of the innings saw Smith out lbw despite an apparent inside edge.


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