Cricket: Goresbrook lose at Springfield to all but end Mid-Essex Premier Division title hopes
PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 August 2017
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Mid-Essex Premier Division: Springfield (141-7) beat Goresbrook (140 all out) by three wickets
Goresbrook’s Mid-Essex Premier Division title hopes appear to be over after losing by three wickets at Springfield.
The Springfield attack were the architects of the win as they strangled the Goresbrook batsmen with some accurate bowling.
After early inroads with the new ball, Brook were in trouble on 40-3 after the first 20 overs.
Despite a middle order revival of sorts with Jordan Calverley, Kane Messenger and 15-year-old Danny Gillham all getting into the 20s, the Goats were bowled out in the final over for 140.
The Springfield reply was a different story as the top order started aggressively to leave the hosts on the verge of victory at 80-1.
The game had one final twist however, as Goresbrook spinners Shane Barwick and Billy Smith bowled in tandem, taking 3 wickets each to reduce Springfield to 111-7.
With 30 required, the Springfield lower order batted sensibly and picked their moments for the big shot, seeing their side home without further loss.
Skipper Calverley was a disappointed man after the defeat, noting that once again in a big game, the batsmen had failed to perform,
“Springfield bowled and fielded very well, but I’ve thought for a while that we make things too easy for bowling sides,” he said.
“They were able to settle into a consistent line and length and we didn’t do enough to take the attack back to them.
“It’s difficult when wickets are falling, but at the end of the day, we’ve taken 45 overs to get to a score that was very unlikely to be enough.
“They were then able to come out and play with some freedom knowing they were only chasing 140.”
To get back into the title equation, Goresbrook need either Springfield or Bentley to slip up this week, or some help from the weather, but Calverley is not holding out much hope.
“We’ll try to get maximum points from our remaining games, but realistically it’s a long shot,” he added.
“We’ve improved a lot this year and have closed the gap on the top two, but we need to have a think about how we approach the game with the bat to make the final step.”
Goresbrook will want to return to winning ways this weekend when they host Rayleigh in the Mid-Essex Premier Division.
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