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Bird flies in to defeat Buckhurst Hill

PUBLISHED: 17:06 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 12:29 11 August 2010

Goresbrook 221-9 beat Buckhurst Hill 119-8 by 102 runs A SOLID all-round batting display from Goresbrook was enough as their solid first innings total was too much for Buckhurst Hill in this friendly last Sunday. Goresbrook captain, Tommy Puncher, won th

Goresbrook 221-9 beat

Buckhurst Hill 119-8 by 102 runs

A SOLID all-round batting display from Goresbrook was enough as their solid first innings total was too much for Buckhurst Hill in this friendly last Sunday.

Goresbrook captain, Tommy Puncher, won the toss and elected to bat at the picturesque Roding Lane Ground.

Opener Mark Bird stroked four boundaries top-scoring for the visitors with 37.

Lawrence Walsh (27) and skipper Puncher (26) continued the misery for the hosts with the middle order receiving a boost courtesy of Greg Barwick (17), Shaddai Smith (15) and Keith Maund (12).

Goresbrook's last wicket pairing - demoted to 10 and 11 by Puncher due to shocking form with the willow - were Dave Whisker and Kane Messenger.

The pairing picked the perfect day to rediscover their touch with an entertaining unbroken stand of 53 with Messenger unbeaten on 27 and Whisker 16, lifting their side to 221-9 from their allotted 40 overs.

After tea, openers Palmer and Martin Atkinson had to contend with the pace of Smith and Andrew Mitcheson (pictured right), with Smith bowling Palmer for 10.

Aadil Baig struck 18 before being undone by Whisker and 14-year-old Joe Barwick tempted Atkinson to edge an acrobatic catch to Toby Maund.

The youngster also sent back Andy Taylor for 14 finishing with 2-4 from five economical overs.

The introduction of spinners Keith Maund (2-17) and Walsh (1-1) blunted the resistance of Seth Ollivelle who made 16 before Walsh uprooted his off stump.

Hill stuttered to 119-8 from 40 overs handing 'Brook victory by 102 runs.

Barking II 276-9 beat

Goresbrook II 207 by 69 runs

A BATTLING half century from 15-year-old Jordan Calverly wasn't enough to prevent Goresbrook seconds suffering defeat on Saturday.

Barking attacked well at the start of their innings but the economical Dave Whisker (0-30 from nine overs) and skipper Ames Vincent (3-26).

Unfortunately, Barking continued to pile on the runs, reaching an impressive 276-9 from 45 overs.

In reply, 'Brook lost Michael Mitcheson early on, but Craig Irving made a fine 36 before Calverley hit 52 before falling with the score on 140-2.

Mark Bird was next to go for 38 as 'Brook started to falter and they were eventually dismissed for 207.

Barking III 143-1 beat

Goresbrook III 142 by 9 wkts

GORESBROOK'S thirds disappointing season continued as they suffered yet another heavy defeat at the hands Barking thirds.

'Brook chose to bat but wickets fell at regular intervals with only Afzaal Hussain (46) and Simon Walker (28) providing any resistance as they made 142.

In reply, the 'Brook bowlers regularly beat the bat, with edges regularly dropping in between fielders, but a magnificent 109 not out from Syed saw his side home for the loss of just one wicket.

Goodmayes & Blythswood II 199-4 drew with Goresbrook IV 177-4

GORESBROOK registered a creditable draw against a strong Goodmayes & Blythswood side at Goodmayes Park at the weekend, with opener Dave Leadbetter seeing his side through to the end.

Goodmayes started strongly but 13-year-old Luke Read led the fightback with an eye-catching spell of 2-25 from five overs.

Teenager Craig Ivey impressed with 1-26 whilst Gavin Hickey bagged 1-14 on his debut for the club.

After tea, openers Leadbetter and youngster Conor Elliot laid the foundation with a solid opening stand of 52 before the latter departed for 18. Ivey continued the good work with a sparkling 26 to keep the visitors' hopes of victory alive.

At 51-years-of-age Leadbetter drew on all his experience becoming the oldest player to record a half-century for Goresbrook providing the anchor as Sukhvir Singh (19 not) and Keith Maund (10) went for their shots.

With the home sides attack in miserly mood the required run rate increased but Leadbetter ensured his side earned a draw occupying the crease for a marathon spell of 156 minutes finding the rope eight times on his way to an unbeaten 71 from 133 balls.


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