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PUBLISHED: 17:06 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 12:26 11 August 2010

LORDS ESSEX DIVISION ONE Goodmayes 203-6 beat Noak Hill Taverners 71 by 132 runs GOODMAYES & BLYTHSWOOD swept to a 132-run win over Noak Hill Taverners at the weekend to haul themselves away from relegation peril and towards the comfort of mid-table in

LORDS ESSEX

DIVISION ONE

Goodmayes 203-6 beat Noak Hill Taverners 71 by 132 runs

GOODMAYES & BLYTHSWOOD swept to a 132-run win over Noak Hill Taverners at the weekend to haul themselves away from relegation peril and towards the comfort of mid-table in the Essex Lords International Division One.

The highlight of Goodmayes' display was the batting of tail-enders Akila Deekirikawage and Ravi Rattan, who ended unbeaten on 46 and 43 respectively to rescue their team from a modest total after their leading batsmen struggled at the crease.

Opener Mark Embery mustered 30 runs before being bowled and Adam Sheekey had made just 25 when he was caught off the bowling of Eric Washbourne, while the cheap departures of Paul Brennan (0), Raj Boparai (6), and Manny Rayit (16) left Goodmayes staring at a poor score.

That was until Deekirikawage and Rattan confronted the Noak Hill bowling in a fashion that the supposedly more proficient batsmen in the side failed to and they took Goodmayes to a competitive 203-6 when they might have been reflecting on a score below 100.

From a position of weakness, Goodmayes suddenly enjoyed rejuvenation and were in no mood to allow the initiative to slip.

Habib made up for an average batting display by taking 3-13 while Kevin Livingstone claimed 3-33, though the star performer with the ball was undoubtedly Dave Wright, recording figures of 4-17 as Goodmayes bowled Noak Hill out for 71 to claim a resounding win.

"We won't be relegated this season," exclaimed a confident Sheekey. "It was a good win and we were on top from the start to the finish. That's a couple of wins for us now on the bounce. We'll be mid-table but like I've always said, we're consistently inconsistent."

The former Goodmayes captain's confidence did not stretch far enough to prompt him to suggest his team would launch a serious tilt at promotion to the Premier Division.

"The goal this season is to stabilise and look at mid-table. Anything more than that would be a bonus. We'll struggle to win promotion because of the lack of numbers (of players) each week," he said.

Sheekey paid tribute to the batting displays of Deekirikawage and Rattan, adding: "Akila and Rattan are good batsmen. They're not tail-enders even though they bat down the order. They played very well.


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