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Williams fuming after ’Brook are edged out

PUBLISHED: 18:08 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 12:26 11 August 2010

NOT HAPPY . . . Goresbrook skipper Richard Williams.

NOT HAPPY . . . Goresbrook skipper Richard Williams.

LORDS INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION Goresbrook 203 all out lost to Hornchurch Athletic 204-8 by 2 wkts GORESBROOK had victory snatched from their grasp as they failed to defeat Hornchurch Athletic at the weekend. After making 203 all out, Broo

LORDS INTERNATIONAL

LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

Goresbrook 203 all out lost to

Hornchurch Athletic 204-8 by 2 wkts

GORESBROOK had victory snatched from their grasp as they failed to defeat Hornchurch Athletic at the weekend.

After making 203 all out, 'Brook had their opponents struggling on 100-6, but Athletic recovered to reach their target with two wickets and one ball remaining.

The defeat was particularly hard on opener Lawrence Walsh, still in superb form as he approaches 30 years as a fixture in Goresbrook's first XI.

He struck a stylish 79 to lead the Goresbrook innings and after a difficult 2008 campaign, the veteran right-hander has bounced back with a succession of big scores in recent weeks.

Walsh was well supported by Livash Ramduth (31) as Goresbrook overcame the loss of Toby Maund for a duck to advance to 90-1 at drinks.

However, despite an acceleration from Walsh, the 'Brook innings lost its way in the middle overs, as Walsh's dismissal precipitated a tumbling of wickets.

It took an enterprising late partnership from Andrew Mitcheson (28) and Adam Ivey (19) to take Goresbrook towards 200, the innings finally closing on 203 with an over still to spare.

In reply, Hornchurch Athletic raced out of the blocks to reach 52-0 from four overs as Andrew Mitcheson and Sean Elie served up some loose offerings.

Fortunately for Goresbrook, left arm seamer Michael Rooke is in the bowling form of his life and he handed the visitors a lifeline by dismissing the Sri Lankan Bandara for 30.

'Brook skipper Richard Williams then bowled Raftery for 28, and the visitors turned up their fielding a notch as once Rooke dismissed Lee Hawkins, he swooped to run out Harry Bridge.

Shaddai Smith then took the key wicket of Athletic skipper Paul Humphries, followed by the immediate dismissal of Stuart Whittaker, and suddenly Goresbrook had taken six wickets for less than 50 runs and were in the driving seat.

The hosts had to regroup, but they did so well with a measured partnership between keeper Jones and Liam Porter that took them to within 30 runs of their target, before Rooke returned to the attack to pin Jones lbw and bowl Thomas next ball.

Rooke finished with a superb return of 4-24, but the game was still intriguingly poised, as Athletic were well up with the required run-rate courtesy of their express start.

With 23 runs required from the last three overs, a hero was required, and Athletic's Liam Porter stepped up with a superb unbeaten 47 to see his side home.

'Brook skipper Williams was unhappy with his side's shortcomings in the defeat.

"All of the good cricket that we played to put a decent score on the board and fight our way back into the match was undone by some terrible cricket in the first four overs and the last four overs of their innings," he fumed.

"They held their nerve under pressure at the end of the game better than we did and, hopefully, we can learn something from that, but the first four overs were as poor a passage of cricket as I can remember us playing.

"I need to think long and hard about selection because, as talented as some players are, the evidence is mounting that they look better on paper or in the nets than they do in the heat of battle on a Saturday.


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