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Four-some Smith is Goresbrook saviour

PUBLISHED: 17:55 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 12:29 11 August 2010

POETRY IN MOTION . . . Shaddai Smith waxed lyrical against Tennyson.

POETRY IN MOTION . . . Shaddai Smith waxed lyrical against Tennyson.

LORDS INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION Goresbrook 161 beat Tennyson 132 by 29 runs GORESBROOK limped to an unconvincing victory over bottom side Tennyson after a below-par batting display at Clayhall Park. The visitors were rescued by a dynamic ope

LORDS INTERNATIONAL

LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

Goresbrook 161 beat

Tennyson 132 by 29 runs

GORESBROOK limped to an unconvincing victory over bottom side Tennyson after a below-par batting display at Clayhall Park.

The visitors were rescued by a dynamic opening spell from paceman Shaddai Smith, who picked up four top order wickets in a superb display of swing bowling.

Tennyson then fought back strongly through Paul Lewis, but the Dagenham side clinched victory when Toby Maund completed another fine all-round display by taking the final four wickets to fall as Tennyson were dismissed for 132, 29 runs short of their target.

Earlier, Goresbrook made a good start after being inserted on a green-tinged pitch as openers Lawrence Walsh and Maund played confidently.

It took the introduction of Nathan Phillips after 10 overs to create the first breakthrough, the medium pacer swinging one away from Walsh to induce the edge.

He followed up with the key wicket of Maund for 42 in similar fashion and then brought one back into the left-handed Livash Ramduth to pin him lbw.

At that stage, Goresbrook were still going reasonably well at 80-3 with both Keith Friend and Michael Rooke looking to push on with a big fourth wicket stand.

They were looking good until misfortune struck, as a booming straight drive from Friend was deflected back onto the stumps by bowler Patel leaving Rooke who was backing up in search of a single, run out by a couple of yards.

From that point, the Goresbrook innings lurched to 161 all out, as successive batsmen perished, usually to attacking strokes and they committed the cardinal sin of failing to bat out their overs.

Fortunately, 161 runs proved enough as the in-form Smith and Maund shared eight of the wickets to fall, with Maund's dismissal of Lewis for a superb 72 proving the critical wicket, as he had threatened to win the game virtually on his own.

'Brook skipper Richard Williams was unimpressed with his side's showing. "That wasn't a particularly strong Tennyson side, and I think against any other side in the league we would have lost on that performance.

"We were basically bailed out by a couple of very good individual performances, when with a bit more application, we could have scored another 50 or 60 runs and batted them completely out of the game.

"The Asians batsmen won't be as accommodating next week, so we'll have to bat much better as a team to put them under pressure.

"Low Hall Farm is a real bogey ground for us, so it will be a good test of where we are as a team.

"If we can nick a win next week then we can start the second round of games with real confidence and although Barking aren't showing any sign of faltering at the top, all we can do is keep winning games."

Goresbrook's win moves them up to fourth place, and with the second and third placed sides Grays and Leyton County meeting next week, a top three spot is within Goresbrook's grasp.


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