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Williams and Walsh down poor Barking

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

l LOYAL CAMPAIGNER . . . Lawrence Walsh helped run through Barking on Saturday.

l LOYAL CAMPAIGNER . . . Lawrence Walsh helped run through Barking on Saturday.

FORMER skipper Richard Williams picked up five wickets as Goresbrook continued their strong start to their first Premier Division campaign with a comfortable victory over neighbours Barking. A disciplined bowling and fielding performance proved too much f

FORMER skipper Richard Williams picked up five wickets as Goresbrook continued their strong start to their first Premier Division campaign with a comfortable victory over neighbours Barking.

A disciplined bowling and fielding performance proved too much for the hosts, who could only post 63 on a pitch that, whilst not conducive to quick scoring, was not impossible to bat on.

Ironically, for a club that prides itself on the strength of its youth section, Goresbrook's victory was inspired by the two most experienced players in the side.

Founder member Lawrence Walsh, still going strong at first team level in his 27th campaign, produced a superb spell of spin bowling, after being boldly introduced by skipper Kurt Whisker in the ninth over, to take 4-16.

Demolish

Then Williams took centre stage to demolish the Barking middle order with 5 for 11.

It was Barking skipper Micky Welch who won the toss and elected to bat, but he must have quickly regretted his decision, as star man Garnett Shallow had his middle stump uprooted by the pacy Andrew Mitcheson for just four.

Mitcheson proved too hot to handle for the Barking batsmen, and could consider himself unlucky to only pick up just the one wicket, as a couple of drops at slip and 12 runs edged through the cordon were scant reward for an excellent spell.

At the other end, left-armer Lee Ramduth was labouring into a strong wind, so skipper Whisker produced a master-stroke by introducing Walsh's leg breaks before the new ball had lost it's shine.

Walsh immediately struck to dismiss number three Gupta and with the Barking batsman unsure as to whether to attack or defend, they fell between the two stools and the ball was regularly hit in the air with three further chances being gobbled up by the eager Goresbrook fielders.

After Mitcheson's early spell and Walsh's key wickets, Williams entered the attack and the Yorkshireman kept the pressure on by doing little other than bowling a tight line and length.

That proved more than enough however, as a leg cutter hit the top of Francis' off stump and Elie was bowled aiming an ambitious slog through mid-wicket to an off stump yorker to plunge Barking's innings into desperate trouble.

All the while, Barking skipper Welch had been holding the innings together with a patient 23, but with the rest of his side throwing their wickets away, he started to get restless and after a couple of lusty blows, he chipped a Williams slower ball to Atkins at mid-off and the Barking innings disintegrated as they were out for 63.

In reply, Goresbrook looked for a good early partnership, but they were immediately thrown into disarray by an inspired spell from opener Sean Elie.

The paceman ripped out three quick wickets to leave 'Brook reeling at 15-3 and the game was in the balance.

Fortunately however, old heads Walsh and Whisker pushed the score past 40 with some watchful batting.

There was still time for Elie to pick up another three wickets with some tremendous pace bowling, as he took the fight to Goresbrook almost single handedly to finish with 6-34, but with Andrew Mitcheson showing impressive composure to strike an unbeaten 14, 'Brook passed their target in the 16th over to register a second win of the campaign.

Goresbrook skipper Whisker was happy with the result, if not the batting performance, and he hailed the return to form of seasoned campaigner Walsh.

"If we're going to be in the top half we need Lawrence to be a big factor and today he was superb," he beamed.

"Richie Williams basically didn't do anything spectacular, but the difference between today and our earlier games was that other bowlers had already made inroads and he reaped the rewards.

"Lawrence and Richard are important players for us, as I'm the next oldest player in the side at 23.

"We'll need to lean on their experience throughout the season, so it's good to see them both in excellent form with the ball so far this season.


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