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Ilford U15  v  Goresbrook U15  -   Cox & Kings Cup Semi-final

Ilford U15 v Goresbrook U15 - Cox & Kings Cup Semi-final

By Terry King
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Ilford 103 for 5 lost to Goresbrook 106 for 5 by 5 wickets

Goresbrook came into this semi-final as underdogs and also on the back of a poor defeat in the league two days before, but the Dagenham side produced a superb all-round performance to win through to the final on September 2nd.

Ilford skipper Harris won the toss and elected to bat on a rock hard batting track, but Bobby Gaymer used the new ball superbly yet again taking danger-man Harris out caught behind by Shane Barwick .Ben Irving also bowled well using the new ball as runs were hard to come by. Septherran was superbly run out by Ausman Ginai as 'Brook continued to make the home side work for every run. Liam Addison came on and he bowled with pace and hostility and he bagged 3 wickets for 27 from his 4 overs. Spinners Billy Smith and Shane Barwick both were on top form, Smith going for just 13 runs in his 4 overs and Barwick 21 in his 4 overs as Ilford attempted to up the tempo. Gaymer finished the innings off ending with figures of 1 for 13 from his 4 overs as 'Brook kept the total to 103 for 5 in the 20 over,s a really top effort with ball and in the field.

'Brook needed a good start in reply and they got one in the shape of openers Bobby Gaymer and Shane Barwick. The pair put on a superb 55 in 9 overs before Barwick was caught by a wonder catch on the boundary rope by Ali for 27, his knock lasting 23 balls. Gaymer was playing the anchor role superbly as Irving firstly went for a quickfire 12 including 1 massive straight six, Joel Oliver hit 13 in 10 balls as the momentum was kept up. Gaymer eventually retired on 30, Jack Stead fell for 7 going for a huge shot, but the game was still in control as Liam Addison was joined by Ausman Ginai, and the pair saw' Brook through to a famous victory with 10 balls to spare, Ginai striking a superb cover drive for 4 and Addison ending unbeaten on 9.

'Brook assistant manager Kane Messenger said after “That was one of our best ever performances since we have been together as a squad in almost 6 years. We were so poor on the Sunday before and we decided to work hard put in extra training and go out and play for the badge and that's exactly what we did and deservedly have a final now to look forward to. I would also like to thank all the supporters who came over to watch and all the followers on Facebook and Twitter".

Goresbrook will play the winners of Woodford Wells v Walthamstow in the final at Woodford Wells Cricket Club on Sunday September 2nd at 9.30am

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Match date

Tue 21, Aug 2012