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O’Reilly swansong hits the right note

PUBLISHED: 15:19 16 September 2010 | UPDATED: 15:53 16 September 2010

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WOODFORD WELLS captain Luke O’Reilly signed off on a high, as his side beat Gidea Park & Romford by seven wickets.

WOODFORD WELLS captain Luke O’Reilly signed off on a high, as his side beat Gidea Park & Romford by seven wickets.

Following last week’s announcement that he would be stepping down from the helm, an economical bowling performance from the skipper (pictured above) helped his side to victory over the league’s bottom club.

The 17-year veteran was unable to add to his season’s haul of 18 wickets, but bowled four maidens to finish with figures of 0-20 from 10 overs on a comfortable afternoon at Gallows Corner.

Going into the match, Wells were on a dismal run of six defeats from their last seven games and when opposition skipper Andrew Churchill won the toss and chose to bat, it looked like it could be another one of those days for Wells.

However, Nathan Price made an early breakthrough to set the tone early on, taking both wickets as the hosts were reduced to 11-2.

Jamal Francis steadied the ship, top-scoring for Gidea Park with 44, but a strong performance from the Wells bowling attack reduced the hosts to 176-7.

In reply, an unbeaten 62 from opener Robert Marshall, inspired the visitors to victory on the final day of the Premier League season.

A first-wicket partnership of 65 with William Rogers was then followed by a stand of 51 with Robert Leiper for the second.

Rishabh Shah batting at four could only score nine before being given out LBW.

Marshall was then joined at the crease by Price, who hit 30 from 19 balls to see the Monkhams Lane side over the line.

It ended a difficult second half of the season, which has seen them finish seventh.


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