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Captain Calverley leads Goresbrook to victory

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 June 2017

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Skipper secures hard-fought Mid-Essex League win at High Roding

Captain Jordan Calverley’s superb 89 helped Goresbrook make it four wins out of five in the Mid-Essex Premier League with a hard-fought 38-run victory over High Roding.

After Goresbrook were inserted, former Essex bowler Joe Grant picked up the prize wicket of Kurt Whisker for a duck in the third over and then Mark Townsend removed Chris Burke courtesy of an outstanding catch in the gully with the score on 26 to leave the hosts in charge.

That brought the in-form Shane Barwick (28) and Calverley together and they added 50 before Calverley ran his colleague out.

The remainder of the innings was held together by Calverley who was last man out for 89, with only Shaun Ross reaching double figures, as Brook reached 213-9 from their 45 overs.

The High Roding response started in stuttering fashion as Harry Jackson (2-16) picked up early wickets, but then Adam Holdgate (67) took the fight to Goresbrook.

Tight spells from left-arm spinners Barwick and Lee Ramduth saw the required rate start to increase and with Goresbrook now ahead of the game wickets started to tumble.

Despite a defiant unbeaten 28 from Freddie Burns, Craig Ivey (3-28) mopped up the tail as Goresbrook ran out winners.

The win, combined with leaders Springfield’s defeat at Great Baddow, leaves Brook just three points behind leaders Old Chelmsfordians who they visit on Saturday with Calverley in positive mood.

“We had to work hard on a damp pitch, so to post 200-plus was a good effort,” he said.

“Although there were periods when they put us under pressure, we dug in when we had to and we’ll take any win away from home, especially as that leaves us in a good position with Springfield losing.

“We know it will be tough at OC’s this weekend, but we’ve got a settled side and a good team spirit so we’ll go there with a bit of momentum and I think the only selection call will be to see if Israel Ochwo is fit to return after his game in the seconds.”


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