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Three out of three for glorious Godwin

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

CHAMPIONS . . . Godwin celebrate after winning the Borough Primary title yet again.

CHAMPIONS . . . Godwin celebrate after winning the Borough Primary title yet again.

REIGNING champions Godwin retained their Borough Primary Schools Cricket title after they won the final for the third year in succession with a fine triumph at May & Baker Sports and Social Club. First up in the group stage, where games were played to Te

REIGNING champions Godwin retained their Borough Primary Schools' Cricket title after they won the final for the third year in succession with a fine triumph at May & Baker Sports and Social Club.

First up in the group stage, where games were played to Terrier rules, was Mark's Gate. Godwin were invited to bat with opener Chris Dove (17 not out) getting the innings off to a steady start and Liam Derrick (14) and skipper Shane Barwick (10 not out) pushing the scoring on, helping to post 257-3.

In reply, Godwin's tight bowling restricted Mark's Gate to 196-7, with Bradley Pickett (1-2), Aklak Rahman (1-4), Barwick (2-5) and a sharp run-out claiming the wickets.

Comprehensive

A comprehensive win against Thames View followed, with Godwin running riot with the bat.

Callum Shepherd (19 not out), Sadiq Giwa (11 not out), Bradley Pickett (10 not out) and Barwick (40 not out off eight balls) all reached double figures in an imposing total of 325-2.

With the ball, Godwin once more proved too strong.

This time off-spinner Shepherd, Ross Durban and Dove all claimed a wicket apiece, with Giwa, Rahman and Barwick each claiming two victims and a further run-out meant a crushing 160-run win as Thames View were restricted to 165.

A victory against Gascoigne would have assured Godwin of a place in the semi-final, and the Finnymore Road side clicked into gear, thrashing 273-3 from their allotted overs.

Barwick again impressed with 37 not out, ably assisted by Derrick (9) as well as opener Dove (10 not out) and Gascoigne were never really in the hunt, closing their innings on 201-8, with Shepherd the pick of the bowlers, claiming 2-1.

That set up a semi-final against old rivals Manor - their contestants for the previous three finals.

Godwin batted sensibly against the best bowling they had faced so far.

With their middle order failing in the previous matches, it was vital that more resistance was offered.

Giwa and Derrick responded to the situation, both with impressive knocks of 15 to post a highly competitive 263-2.

What followed was an abject lesson in the field, with Godwin sniffing wickets at every opportunity.

Every catch was taken, three run-outs were duly delivered and nine more wickets fell in a total of 196.

Rahman and Giwa picked up a wicket each, with braces for Pickett, Derrick and Barwick but Dove's 4-2 was the undoubted highlight, the left-arm seamer ripping through Manor's batting order and securing a place in the final against Rush Green.

Godwin's openers again laid the platform for the win, with Dove and Shepherd putting on an unbeaten opening stand of 14.

Steady scoring from all the batsmen brought a total of 258-1 - a defendable total - but one that gave their opponents a sniff.

Rush Green proved doughty opponents, refusing to give wickets away to remain in touching distance throughout.

But tight spells from Rahman (1-1) and Shepherd (0-1) kept the asking rate too high. And with 19 runs needed from Barwick's final over, just eight were added, leading to a Godwin victory by 10 runs.

They will now represent Barking & Dagenham at the County Finals in Billericay for the fifth year running, an excellent achievement.

Godwin: Barwick (capt), Dove, Giwa, Shepherd, Derrick, Pickett, Durban, Rahman.


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