Spin bowlers wreak havoc

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Cove 146 all out Ger­rards Cross 102 all out Cove won by 44 runs

GER­RARDS Cross suf­fered a hu­mil­i­at­ing 44-run de­feat to Cove on Satur­day in a match dom­i­nated by the turn­ing ball.

Cove made a good start, reach­ing 79-2 be­fore Cross’ triple-spin at­tack set to work. Joe Bracey (2-40), El­liot Green (2-40) and Izzy Khan (4-14) made the most of a spin-friendly wicket to re­duce Cove to 91-5, and 130-9, be­fore they were bowled out in the 51st over for 146. Openers Sam West­away (27) and James Crosth­waite (37) were un­trou­bled by, and the Cross were in the box seat with the score at 65-1.

But the dis­missal of Crosth­waite sparked an hor­ren­dous col­lapse, and while ex­ces­sive bounce con­trib­uted to a cou­ple of dis­missals, many of the bats­men were un­able to deal with the huge amount of turn and the runs al­most dried up.

The Cross ca­pit­u­lated to 86-9, los­ing eight wick­ets for 21 runs in 18 overs, and while a last-wicket stand of 16 be­tween Khan and Bracey se­cured a bat­ting point, it only de­layed the in­evitable.

HOWZAT! Cove’s Tom Red­head was one of sev­eral vic­tims of a turn­ing ball against Ger­rards Cross on Satur­day

Photo by Chris Whi­teoak AN154198

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