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Woodford Wells U15  v  Goresbrook U15  -  Cox & Kings Cup Final

Woodford Wells U15 v Goresbrook U15 - Cox & Kings Cup Final

By Terry King
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Woodford Wells 131 for 6 beat Goresbrook 128 for 5 by 3 runs

Finals day started with a heavy shower at Monkhams Lane which made the toss vital and Goresbrook won it. Shane Barwick had no hesitation in putting Wells into bat in the damp conditions. Bobby Gaymer bowled superbly again with the new ball as the opening batsmen struggling to put a bat on him. Ben Irving opened with him and took the first wicket as Stuart Greaves took a fine catch with the score on 20. Morgan and Massie then took the score to 71 before Billy Smith bowled Massie for 27. Sadra was run out by a good Jack Stead throw with the score on 83, then Callum Shepherd was brought on and the spinner took 2 wickets with his first 2 balls with keeper Ben Irving taking 2 sharp stumpings as 'Brook clawed their way back into the match. Another good partnership got the score through to 128 before Stuart Greaves produced a fine run out. Bobby Gaymer and Liam Addison bowled well at the death as Wells were kept to 131 for 6 off their allotted 20 overs.

In reply Goresbrook got off to a great start hitting 18 off of the first 2 overs. The score had moved on to 22 when Shane Barwick tried to hit over the top and was caught for 9. This brought Ben Irving to the crease and he produced his best form of the season and what a day to produce it. Irving hit a majestic unbeaten 31 off just 19 balls, including 6 fours as' Brook got right into the game. With Bobby Gaymer playing the anchor role superbly, 'Brook got to 71 for 1 off the first 10 overs. The problem arose when Irving had to retire and Gaymer then also had to retire once he had got to 30, his knock lasting 41 balls. This brought two new batsmen together in the shape of Joel Oliver and Liam Addison and they both fell cheaply trying to up the tempo. Big hitting Jack Stead and Ausman Ginai then came in but again fell as runs were becoming harder to get. Stuart Greaves and Aaron Scott then came together to produce a grandstand finish for the huge Goresbrook support, as they took the game down to the last ball with 'Brook finishing just 3 runs short. Greaves ended on 17 not out with a huge six. Massie took 4 for 19 for the Wells as the trophy was clinched by them.

Manager Scott Barwick added afterwards; "It has been a great season and this game showed what a top side we are. A great effort against a powerful outfit nearly produced a shock victory. The whole team gave everything they had and we came up agonisingly short. We had fantastic support from a massive following as always and I am a proud man today. We go to Upminster on Thursday now determined to win the League and finish the year on a high".

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Sun 02, Sep 2012