Goddy bowlers seal vital victory
GODMANCHESTER S strike bowlers tore through the Horsford defences to earn a crucial East Anglian Premier League victory on Saturday. Goddy s captain Bevis Moynan was the star of the show with his best EAPL figures of 6-38, while fellow seamer Elliot Baldw
GODMANCHESTER'S strike bowlers tore through the Horsford defences to earn a crucial East Anglian Premier League victory on Saturday.
Goddy's captain Bevis Moynan was the star of the show with his best EAPL figures of 6-38, while fellow seamer Elliot Baldwin took 4-24.
The pair bowled unchanged for more than 30 overs as visitors Horsford, having been put into bat, were skittled all out for 64.
Goddy lost three wickets as they knocked off the runs required but the result never looked in doubt, particularly given that Horsford were missing occasional batter Grant Flower.
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The Zimbabwean test batsman missed the game as he was in action for Essex having scored 166 not out when the sides met in Norfolk.
The 25 points gained virtually guarantees Godmanchester will be playing EAPL cricket next season barring a miraculous run from bottom-placed Mildenhall.
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Moynan dismissed both Horsford openers as the hosts restricted the visitors to a run rate of less than two an over.
Baldwin claimed the next two wickets as Horsford failed to build any meaningful partnerships; the highest being just 17.
Wickets continued to tumble, but at 63-5 the visitors might have had ambitions of reaching at least three figures.
This was not to be, as a combination of good bowling and poor batting saw the last five wickets tumble for just one run, Horsford collapsing spectacularly to 64 all out in 33.1 overs.
The run chase was a team effort, as Adam Cousins (16), Ollie Huggins (15) and Ghaffer Kazmi (20) edged Goddy close to victory.
It was left to Craig Park and Alex Mutucumarana to guide the hosts home in just less than 22 overs.
A delighted skipper Moynan said: "Winning the toss was crucial. We had prepared the pitch to be attacking, and that's how it proved, and winning the toss allowed us to take advantage of that.
"I'm delighted for myself and Elliot to have bowled so well, but equally I am sure Horsford will be disappointed with the way they batted."
The victory was particularly crucial given that Godmanchester face tough trips to Norwich and Cambridge Granta, who beat Goddy in the Smith Barry Senior Cup Final, plus a visit from champions elect Bury in their last three EAPL fixtures.