Cricket: Goresbrook have rain to thank after avoiding loss at home to Rettendon in Mid-Essex Premier Division
PUBLISHED: 13:30 25 July 2017
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Mid-Essex Premier Division: Match abandoned between Goresbrook (98-5) and Rettendon (93-5)
Goresbrook had a lucky escape in the Mid-Essex Premier Division against Rettendon on Saturday after rain forced the game to be abandoned.
The final deluge came as visitors Rettendon were just six runs short of victory as they chased down Brook’s score of 98-5 from 33.3 overs.
The earlier rain had severely inconvenienced the Goats, who were building towards what looked like it would be a competitive score on a wet wicket, when the rain closed their innings with 12 overs left.
The day had started poorly for Jordan Calverley’s men, as the skipper lost the toss and saw his side inserted.
The visitors started badly and lost three early wickets, as Chris Burke and Shane Barwick fell for one, while Calverley edged behind for two.
Kurt Whisker then dug-in to hold the innings together with an unbeaten 48, as Brook edged to 98-5, when a heavy shower saw their innings closed.
Rettendon were able to come out with an aggressive mindset, knowing they were only chasing three an over and.
Despite a couple of early Shane Barwick wickets, the visitors looked to have secured victory until a flurry of wickets from Harry Jackson slowed the rate of scoring. Jackson’s heroics with the ball allowed one final wave of rain to sweep through in the nick of time.
Skipper Calverley wasn’t too downcast after the near defeat, stressing the need for Brook to focus on the games ahead,
“The toss is always crucial on days like this and we were always going to struggle to win the game batting first,” he said.
“The rain definitely saved us in the end, but I remember last season it rained in the same fixture when they were 100-5 chasing 230, so we were probably owed a bit of luck.
“We’ve played two of the top four sides twice now, so the important thing for us is to win our next three games before we visit Springfield.
“Rettendon play Springfield next week, so somebody will drop some points, but we need to concentrate on our results and try to win with as many bonus points as possible to keep the pressure on.”
Goresbrook will hope they do not have to rely on the weather this weekend when they make the trip to Great Baddow on Saturday for their next match in this year’s Mid-Essex Premier Division.
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