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Bosham punished by Purbrook

posted 13 May 2010, 06:47 by Martin Farrell
4 August 2008

After experiencing the highs of a great win last week Bosham came crashing down to earth with defeat against Purbrook. The second defeat of the season provides a stark reminder that promotion from SE-Division 2 is not going to be a formality.

A remarkable innings from Alex Cornborough turned the game on its head. Purbrook had looked a beaten side when Cornborough came out to bat. Some excellent bowling from Martin Farrell, Tom Gilliatt and John Barnett had offered the visitors very few scoring opportunities and Purbrook found themselves well behind the required rate. Purbrook had clambered their way to 111 for 5 from the first 36 overs leaving themselves to score 46 from the final six overs.

Until Cornborough came out to bat, batsmen on both sides had struggled to bat on an Oaklands wicket that was offering plenty of assistance to the bowlers. However, he had no problems and immediately went on the offensive smashing four sixes in as many overs to turn the game on its head. Purbrook went into the last over needing two runs and having two wickets in hand. Bosham had not given up and were offered hope when James Callighan bowled Harrison with his first ball. However, he could not repeat the feat and Purbrook grabbed the runs needed for victory.

After being inserted on a lively Oaklands wicket Bosham made hard work of their batting. Some good seam up bowling from Aaron Dean and Craig Marsh put pressure on the top order who were far from their fluent best.

Mark Allen was the first to go being caught at second slip. Nick Outram (24) and Duncan Barratt (29) battled for a while but when they were dismissed in the 17th and 18th overs respectively it sparked a collapse. From 75 for 1, Bosham were quickly reduced to 99 for 6.

Colin Henderson and Martin Farrell battled to stop the decline and were able to consolidate the position adding 32 for the 7th wicket. When Farrell was caught behind Henderson continued to play defiantly and with support from George Barratt, Bosham were able to post a respectable total of 158 at the close.