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’Brook’s title hopes end in a battering!

PUBLISHED: 13:33 03 September 2009 | UPDATED: 12:24 11 August 2010

TAKE THAT: Keith Friend hit an excellent 46.

TAKE THAT: Keith Friend hit an excellent 46.

Asian 228 beat Goresbrook 145 by 83 runs GORESBROOK S title hopes took a battering after an awful performance ended in defeat against Asians. Despite an early two-wicket salvo from Israel Ochwo, Asian counter-attacked via a stylish 66 from the talented Ha

Asian 228 beat Goresbrook 145 by 83 runs

GORESBROOK'S title hopes took a battering after an awful performance ended in defeat against Asians.

Despite an early two-wicket salvo from Israel Ochwo, Asian counter-attacked via a stylish 66 from the talented Haq to move past 100 for the loss of just two wickets at an impressive run-rate.

The introduction of Michael Rooke finally accounted for Haq and when he picked up a second wicket, while Lawrence Walsh pinned Rauf lbw with his first ball, Goresbrook had pulled Asian back to 126-6 and looked well on track for the required victory.

Unfortunately, they hadn't accounted for Asian skipper Shahid Iqbal, who played a superb counter-attacking innings, striking Walsh to all parts of the ground and being equally severe on the off-colour Rooke.

Walsh finally took Iqbal's wicket when he lured him down the track to be stumped, but by this time, the Goresbrook bowling and fielding was ragged.

The Asian tail-enders swung lustily and took advantage of some wild bowling to add a further 40 runs in a total of 228, more than any side had scored against Goresbrook all season.

A good start was vital against such a strong target, but after 10 overs the Goresbrook reply was in tatters, as openers Shabbir and Omur picked up two wickets a piece.

Only Keith Friend, with an excellent 46, mounted any sort of defence as Goresbrook were never at the races, the innings subsiding to a tame end at 145, over 80 runs short.

The result was ultimately academic, as Champions Grays chased 198 to ensure that they couldn't be caught at the head of the table, but Goresbrook skipper Richard Williams was a disappointed man after the game.

"We've got away with some sub-par performances against the bottom sides, but today we were soundly punished," he said.

"The bad side of our bowling attack is that we can lose control of the game, because the bowlers have no idea where they are putting the ball, and that's what happened for a couple of five-over spells.

"We have to look where we were a year ago I suppose, and we had to win the equivalent fixture to stay in the division.

"Today, we had a shot at the title, so we've obviously made progress.

"A couple of players have really made steps forward this season, Shaddai Smith is a genuine Premier Division strike bowler and Michael Rooke is probably the best all-rounder in the league.

"Our team has also been strengthened by the introduction of Keith Friend, Richard Williamson and Bryan Atkins in the middle order, which has definitely been the strongest part of our batting this year.

"If another couple of players can step up their performances and we continue to bring youngsters through, we have to believe that we can be celebrating next season!"

Goresbrook II 103 all out

lost to Asian II 106-3 by 7 wkts

A BATTLING 73-ball stay at the crease on a horror of a wicket from Jordan Harris could not prevent defeat for Goresbrook seconds on Saturday.

'Brook were put into bat on a difficult surface at the Low Hall Sports Ground and it was to prove a vital toss.

Abbas opened with nine overs straight off, taking five wickets at a cost 36 runs.

The shining light for Goresbrook was Harris, who was asked to open for the first time in the seconds and dug in and was eventually the ninth wicket to fall, scoring a dogged and brave 27, his innings lasting 113 minutes.

The only other two batsmen to get into double figures were fellow teenagers Kaynal Messenger (12) and Mitchell Din (13), as 'Brook were dismissed for just 103 in the 30th over.

In reply, Asian had to contend with more irregular bounce, but they know their wicket well and they looked to punish anything short or too full and scored their runs at a quick rate.

Scott Barwick (1-13), Messenger (1-19) and Nicholas Martin (1-23) were the only bowlers to impress, but it was never enough to challenge for victory as Asian ended up easing home by seven wickets, to claim third place.


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