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Hussain too good as ’Brook beaten again

PUBLISHED: 17:14 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 12:29 11 August 2010

EYES ON THE BALL . . . Michael Rooke gets into position during his innings of 30 but Goresbrook went down by eight wickets. 			        PIC: George Phillipou

EYES ON THE BALL . . . Michael Rooke gets into position during his innings of 30 but Goresbrook went down by eight wickets. PIC: George Phillipou

GORESBROOK 147 lost to FORD 148-2 by 8 wkts Goresbrook s hopes of causing an upset at leaders Fords were swept away as six wickets from Sibet Hussain and an unbeaten 51 from Kamran Sheraz saw the hosts ease to a comfortable victory. After electing to bat

GORESBROOK 147 lost to FORD 148-2 by 8 wkts

Goresbrook's hopes of causing an upset at leaders Fords were swept away as six wickets from Sibet Hussain and an unbeaten 51 from Kamran Sheraz saw the hosts ease to a comfortable victory.

After electing to bat, Goresbrook skipper Kurt Whisker and fellow opener Michael Rooke put on an untroubled 50 before the introduction of Sibet Hussain saw Rooke dismised for 30.

Rooke's dismissal was the prelude for a middle order collapse as Ford, and in particular Hussain, bowled with decent pace.

Chipped

Numbers three, four and five were all dismissed for a duck in the same over as Toby Maund chipped a return catch, Lawrence Walsh went first ball and then Andrew Mitcheson was bowled.

Goresbrook were reeling at 65-4 at this point and although Adam Ivey played some aggressive strokes, he was another lbw victim for 13 to make the score 90-5.

All the while Kurt Whisker had been playing a typically dogged innings and he was in danger of being stranded by his team-mates as another two wickets fell cheaply.

Whisker's knock was finally ended after an unfortunate lbw decision, the skipper hitting 35 and it took a late flurry from Brian Kulasena (21) to take Goresbrook up to 147 before Hussain returned to pick up the remaining two wickets.

In reply, Aftab Khan came out with all guns blazing and 17-year-old paceman Andrew Mitcheson was hit out of the attack after two overs went for 26 runs.

Khan was eventually subdued by Richard Williams, who trapped him lbw for 31, but with Sheraz playing fluently at the other end, the result was never in any doubt.

Toby Maund picked up the wicket of Hasnain Ali, but Sibet Hussain consigned Goresbrook to a third successive defeat.

Brook skipper Whisker was in subdued mood after the game.

"We started well enough, but once again only two or three people looked like making runs," he said.

"We don't have the superstars that some teams do, so we need to bat and bowl as a team.

"Unfortunately we haven't batted well as a team all year, but our bowling has kept us competitive, unfortunately today we disintegrated a bit with the ball in the face of some aggressive shots from good players.

"We need to bounce back at Belhus next week and I'm confident we've got the ability to do that.


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