Brook ‘must beat Bentley’ says skipper
PUBLISHED: 15:30 10 June 2015
Whisker believes weekend could make or break title hopes
Goresbrook captain Kurt Whisker knows his team must beat Bentley this weekend if they are to have any hope of success in Mid-Essex League Premier this season.
Brook ended a two-game losing run with a 143-run triumph at High Roding, which was the first ever meeting between the two sides.
Star bowler Israel Ochwo was absent from that match, but should return to face Bentley on Saturday in a match that Whisker feels is a must-win.
“We were pretty good against High Roding and we’ll get a boost from the return of Israel,” he said.
“But anything other than a victory over Bentley next week is going to consign us to a mid-table campaign.
“If we can win on Saturday, we’ve got a favourable run of fixtures that we could use to get on a bit of a roll and also the other top sides will start to play each other.
“Who knows where we could be in six weeks time? But we need to beat Bentley, which won’t be easy as we know they are a talented side.”
Whisker lost the toss against High Roding, but was far from unhappy when his team were put into bat first on a flat track in sunny conditions.
The captain was dropped twice early on in the innings and made High Roding pay as he went on to eventually make 85.
After Whisker had departed, it was left to Jordan Calverley to advance the Goresbrook total towards a challenging 300.
Calverley added 60 as Brook closed on 297-8, leaving the hosts with a tough task to chase down victory.
They made a good fist of their reply early on, reaching 51-0 off seven overs, punishing some errant deliveries from the opening bowlers and prompting Whisker to implement changes.
Shane Barwick and Bryan Atkins took a pair of wickets apiece to check High Roding’s progress, leaving them 100-4 at the midway point of their innings.
Kane Messenger then came on to smash through the home team’s tail, closing with figures of 4-29 to continue the team’s economical bowling.
Messenger was robbed of a five-wicket haul by Toby Maund who dismissed the final man as High Roding were bowled out for 153.
The much-needed success leaves Goresbrook 54 points behind table topping Thurrock with six games gone this season, but Whisker knows it it still all to play for this summer.
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