We’ve gone back to basics to improve claims Goresbrook captain Jordan after success
PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 June 2018
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Goresbrook captain Jordan Calverley was pleased to see his side ease past Rayleigh in their T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division encounter, but is not getting carried away.
Brook had won all eight of their previous meetings since 2014 and made it nine out of nine with a seven-wicket success at Rawreth Lane.
And after a difficult start to the 2018 campaign, Calverley said: “We’ve tried to go back to basics a bit with the ball and are happy to sacrifice pace for being able to bowl accurately and build up some pressure.
“Rayleigh aren’t the most dynamic batting side, but we kept them in check well and then when a few wickets started to fall they struggled to get up to a decent total.
“It was also good that we chased the runs down without any alarms, we need our top order firing and we’ve got fixtures coming up against a couple of bottom half sides so it’s important we repeat this type of performance and get some confidence before the visit of Bentley in three weeks.”
The hosts chose to bat after winning the toss, with several of their batsmen making a start.
They seemed well placed at 99-3, but after Will Nolde (31) fell, Kane Messenger (4-34) ran through the middle order.
Shane Barwick (4-34) mopped up the tail as Rayleigh were dismissed for 147, with Kurt Whisker (23) and Calverley (30) sharing a half-century stand in reply.
Both openers fell in quick succession to Ian Turnbull 92-23), but Barwick joined forces with Chris Burke (24) and was unbeaten on 60 as Brook reached their target in the 32nd over.
The seconds were also celebrating after a 32-run win over Chadwell Heath in Division Three.
A battling 58 from Stuart Graves was key as Brook reached 181-6, with Mark Bird (25) and 14-year-old Alfie Horan (29) also making useful runs.
Scott Lugg (2-21), Will Jarrold (2-39) and Martin Denyer (2-16) were the pick of a disciplined Heath attack as the evergreen Geoff Hurrell conceded jus 16 runs form his 10 overs.
Daryl Forward made the breakthrough with the score on 49 in reply, with Israel Ochwo taking two wickets in two balls.
Under-15 left-armer Pawan Singh got in on the act to make it 82-4, with leg-spinner Horan (3-16) then coming into the attack and helping to seal victory.