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Calverley in fine form as Goresbrook gear up for top-of-the-table clash

PUBLISHED: 15:30 28 July 2011

Kurt Whisker

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Goresbrook 262-5 beat Ford Sports 175 by 87 runs

Goresbrook’s first team continued their winning form with a comfortable victory over mid-table Ford Sports.

After losing the toss and being asked to bat, ’Brook made the perfect start as the opening pair of skipper Kurt Whisker and in-form Jordan Calverley amassed a 128-run partnership for the first wicket.

Calverley started as the aggressor, being particularly dismissive on anything short outside his off-stump.

Whisker was more watchful early on before clicking into gear and winning the race to 50.

The Goresbrook skipper was eventually dismissed for 55 after drilling a drive to short cover.

Calverley, however, continued on his merry way to his highest Saturday first XI score of 84.

The rest of the order now had free license with Michael Rooke (29) and Afzal Hussain (29 not out) both looking in ominous form.

Kane Messenger also chipped in with a quick-fire 16 from just five balls as the home side amassed a daunting total of 262-5 from their allotted overs.

Ford Sports started their reply in positive fashion, helped by some uncharacteristically wayward bowling early on from the home side’s pacemen.

Israel Ochwo eventually made the breakthrough having Ford skipper Masood caught at cover.

The ball was then thrown to the reliable pairing of the veteran Lawrence Walsh (2-39) and left-arm seamer Michael Rooke (1-21).

The pair immediately put a stranglehold on the run-chase, taking wickets at key times and offering little to hit.

With Ford Sports looking at a run-rate of 11-an-over over, the onus was on them to take the bowling on, something they couldn’t manage as Toby Maund (4-25) and Kane Messenger (2-26) bowled with great discipline and intelligence to end the innings with Ford Sports still well short of victory.

After the match Goresbrook skipper Whisker said: “It was good to win and win well with such a big game ahead of us next week.

“We wanted to go into the game at Asians on Saturday full of confidence and with people hitting some form.

“Jordan Calverley is looking as solid as he ever has.

“Although we lose young Shaun Ross, we welcome back Richie Williams to the attack next week, so we go in pretty much at full strength.

“We are well aware that if we play to our full potential we are more than a match for anybody and that’s exactly what we need to do on Saturday.”

Goresbrook go into the table-topping game at the weekend 14 points clear of Asian, with five games left to play.


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