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Poor start costs seconds despite teenagers’ efforts

PUBLISHED: 11:50 29 May 2008 | UPDATED: 12:26 11 August 2010

Goresbrook II 163 lost to Ford Sports II 165-5 by 5 wkts A DISASTEROUS start cost Gorebrook second s dear as they were beaten by Fords on Saturday. Skipper Nick Martin elected to bat first and was left rueing his decision as Michael Mitcheson was back in

Goresbrook II 163 lost to

Ford Sports II 165-5

by 5 wkts

A DISASTEROUS start cost Gorebrook second's dear as they were beaten by Fords on Saturday.

Skipper Nick Martin elected to bat first and was left rueing his decision as Michael Mitcheson was back in the pavilion without troubling the scorer.

Mark Bird, Brian Kulasena and Kane Messenger followed as Robert Deverill and Krishna Rajah struck to reduce the hosts to 17-4 after eight overs.

'Brook found saviours in the teenage pairing of Jordan Calverley and wicket-keeper Craig Irving.

Calverley, 15, fashioned nine fours in his knock of 43 before returning a catch to Vamshi.

Gloveman Irving found the rope on nine occasions in an impressive 47 before holing out as the pair accumulated a 99-run partnership leading the Dagenham side's recovery to 116-5.

Vamshi went on to claim 4-31 with Deverill bagging 3-19 as Goresbrook's tail struggled to capitalise on Calverley and Irving's exertions.

With no other home batsmen reaching double figures 'Brook slumped to 163 all out.

After tea, the home attack were given the ideal start as Martin found the edge of Rajeev Kumar's bat with the ball safely held by Kulasena.

Coming in first wicket down, Yasin Patel played a cameo role in supporting senior partner Sanjeev Kumar who dug in to anchor Ford's reply.

Patel's protracted spell at the crease was terminated by a caught and bowled courtesy of Paul Atkins with the total on 51-2.

Siraj Nasir added 17 before becoming Atkins' second victim paving the way for Zahir Hanif.

Kumar had been bogged down as wickets fell but the arrival of Hanif restored his confidence as he accel-erated to 47.

Hanif also rode his luck and after being cruelly downed off the bowling of young Kulasena, produced a demonstration of stellar hitting, clubbing two fours before moving to a half century with the last of his six maximums before Kulasena extracted his revenge when clinging on to another lofted effort from the bowling of Ian Harris.

Heaphy (13 not out) and Lancaster (4 not out) saw the visitors past the winning post to record a five wicket victory with 15 overs in hand.


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