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Bosham make it ten wins with a great victory over Emsworth

posted 13 May 2010, 06:25 by Martin Farrell
22 July 2007

Bosham produced one of their best all-round performances of the season to win their tenth game of season against Emsworth II XI. During the game Mark Allen broke the Bosham league record for the most runs scored in a season when he passed the 573 runs scored by Inshan Ali in 1998. Allen has been in fantastic form all season and passed the mark with a further five games of the season remaining.

With all of the rain that fell on Friday and Saturday morning it was quite an achievement to get the game started on time at Oaklands Park. Emsworth's first team, who play five divisions above in County Division 3, had their fixture called off so a few players dropped down to strengthen their second eleven.

Michael Rooke and Nick Outram bowled accurately for Bosham in an opening spell that restricted Emsworth to just 52 runs from 18 overs. However, it was only for the cost of one wicket with Shaun Woods being bowled by Outram. Martin Farrell and John Barnett were introduced into the bowling attack and continued to apply pressure. Emswoth had reached 86 from 28 overs when Barnett made the vital breakthrough having Bradley Miles, Emsworth's first team captain, superbly stumped by Colin Henderson. Mark Windeback was Barnett's next victim bowled for 46. The score progressed to 131 and with just six overs remaining Bosham were desperate to take wickets and claim more bowling points. Farrell obliged bowling Lee Johnson (31) and Mike Offord in consecutive balls to leave Emsworth five down. Bosham were on a role and Emsworth collapsed to 147 for 9 at the close with Barnett and Farrell claiming two more wickets apiece and finishing with 4 for 44 and 4 for 38 respectively.

Bosham started their reply positively and the high tempo was maintained by Allen and Outram, despite the early wicket of Henderson, who combined for a partnership of 71. Allen was the first to go caught behind by Howe off an attempted sweep shot for 34 and Outram soon followed when he was bowled in the next over by Shaun Offord. This gave Emsworth a glimmer of hope but David Goodman and Dean Holden put Bosham back on track taking the score to 125 when a ridiculous call by Holden resulted in Goodman being stranded and easily run out. However, Holden regained his composure and guided his team to victory with a fine 43 not out.

Bosham claimed 23 out of a possible 24 points to increase the pressure on league leaders Netley Sport

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