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It’s a pitch battle for Goresbrook!

PUBLISHED: 12:04 08 May 2008 | UPDATED: 12:24 11 August 2010

Roding Valley 93-7 beat Goresbrook 92 all out by three wickets GORESBROOK lost their opening West Division Sunday League game in an encounter largely determined by who adapted to the unhelpful pitch. Goresbrook won the toss and decided to bat with the min

Roding Valley 93-7 beat Goresbrook 92 all out by three wickets

GORESBROOK lost their opening West Division Sunday League game in an encounter largely determined by who adapted to the unhelpful pitch.

Goresbrook won the toss and decided to bat with the mindset that the pitch would not get any better by the second innings.

The Saturday first team opening pairing of Michael Rooke and Kurt Whisker took to the crease and managed to add 31 valuable runs before Whisker departed for a well-played 14, trapped leg before to an in-swinging full-toss.

Two wickets fell in the next over, Toby Maund run out without facing and Michael Rooke also out leg before, which left Gorsbrook reeling at 32-3 after just 11 overs.

However the arrival of the reliable Lawrence Walsh steadied the ship, assisted by Andrew Livett and Bryan Atkins in partnerships of 25 and 19 respectively.

Walsh holed out to deep mid-wicket, for a valuable contribution of 27, in the 25th over leaving Goresbrook five down with 15 to go.

The two Roding Valley spinners, the pick of their bowlers, tied down the Goresbrook batsman and returned figures of 3-9 and 2-25 from their eight overs as the last five wickets added only 26 before Goresbrook were bowled out for 92, with six overs remaining.

Despite under-performing with the bat, the Goresbrook bowlers knew that scoring was tough and that early wickets were vital.

Andrew Mitcheson got the away side off to a flying start, clean bowling Mudassa in the first over, and when Dave Whisker had Sadiq caught in the second over, the home side were in trouble at 1-2.

Whisker claimed two more wickets in a tidy spell, one went leg before and the other to a brilliant high catch by Kane Messenger. After the damaging effect of spin in the first innings, Rooke turned to Bryan Kulasena in an attempt to remove the dangerous Waqas.

Kulasena and fellow spinner Walsh claimed one wicket apiece but neither could take the main wicket, and with Roding Valley needing just 25 to win, Goresbrook returned to the pace of Shaddai Smith.

In his third over, Smith claimed the wicket of Waqas, but not before conceding 11 runs. The re-introduction of Mitcheson with three wickets needed and just 12 runs to spare was Goresbrook's last throw of the dice, however Hassan bludgeoned two fours over mid-on finishing on 16 not out to win the game for Valley.


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