Calverley: Goresbrook needed to bat better

PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 June 2017

Former Goresbrook captain Kurt Whisker (left) and his successor Jordan Calverley

Former Goresbrook captain Kurt Whisker (left) and his successor Jordan Calverley


Goresbrook captain Jordan Calverley admitted his batsmen came up short in their Mid-Essex League Premier Division defeat against Old Chelmsfordians.

Brook’s openers were kept in check by some disciplined new-ball bowling from the home side, which led to two early wickets, before Calverley (43) and former skipper Kurt Whisker (40) rebuilt the innings.

Another mini-collapse left the Dagenham club 122-5 in the 36th over, before Toby Maund produced a rally, falling two runs short of a half-century as Brook closed on 197-8 from 45 overs.

Table-topping Chelmsford-ians managed to avoid the loss of early wickets, with Mubashir Javed hitting a brisk 39 before being trapped lbw by Kane Messenger.

Faz Rehman (53) and Ahmed (33) kept the home side on track as they nullified the threat of Shane Barwick and Israel Ocwho to clinch a four-wicket win with nine balls to spare.

Calverley said: “OCs are a good side and no doubt they will be in the top three or four at the end of the season, but we left a few runs out there.

“Either me or Kurt needed to go on to get a big score after getting in and both of us falling in the 40s meant we had to rebuild when we should have been accelerating.

“Toby Maund did a great job to get us up to 197, but we knew we needed to get early wickets with less than 200 on the board and although we stuck at it well, their top order did enough to win it.”

The seconds climbed off the bottom of Division Two with a 12-run win over Rayleigh.

Danny Gillham Jnr (49) and Aaron Scott (32) began well, with Darren Ivory (33) lifting Brook to 164-8.

And Brad Winsley’s off-breaks yielded 5-25 as Rayleigh collapsed to 152. Daryl Forward (2-28) nabbed a brace as Stuart Greaves produced two run outs.

The thirds made it three wins in a row with a 33-run success over Woodham Mortimer seconds.

Keith Friend (48) anchored the Brook innings of 160, while Shaddai Smith hit 25 off 15 balls. Danny Gillham (4-22) and Dan O’Sullivan (2-23) made early inroads and Joe Barwick’s late brace sealed the win. Steve Rooke’s unbeaten 104 was in vain as the fourths, chasing Rankins’ 243, made 189-1. Alfie Boland (31 not out), Paul Lowe (30) and Paul Atkins (5-45) also impressed for Brook.

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