Cricket: Goresbrook lose Mid-Essex Premier Division top spot after defeat at Bentley

PUBLISHED: 17:30 18 July 2017

Kane Messenger top scored with 55 for Goresbrook in their loss at Bentley in the Mid-Essex Premier Division (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Kane Messenger top scored with 55 for Goresbrook in their loss at Bentley in the Mid-Essex Premier Division (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Mid-Essex Premier Division: Bentley (214 all out) beat Goresbrook (203 all out) by 11 runs

Goresbrook captain Jordan Calverley (pic: Sam Park)Goresbrook captain Jordan Calverley (pic: Sam Park)

Goresbrook lost top spot in the Mid-Essex Premier Division after losing by 11 runs at reigning champions Bentley.

Calverley lost the toss and saw his side consigned to the field and home skipper Chris Pether hit a fine 48 to see the hosts initially on top.

However Bentley’s 90-1 quickly became 99-4 as Israel Ochwo picked up two quick wickets, including that of Pether.

Though Bentley added 50 for the fifth wicket, once that partnership ended with the score at 150, only Glen Swinney held firm.

The all-rounder’s 34 not out saw his side to 214 when they were dismissed with an over still to spare, Ochwo being the pick of the Goresbrook bowling with 4-47.

Neither side would have been that upset with that score at tea, but Bentley were soon feeling more confident as they cut through the Goresbrook top order.

The hosts reduced the Goats to 77-6, with Kurt Whisker’s 29 the only innings of significance in a poor effort from the Goresbrook batsmen.

That soon became 119-8 after a brief rally from Billy Chapman and Kane Messenger was thwarted.

From thereon, though, the visitors countered courtesy of a fine 55 from Messenger and 36 from Harry Jackson.

The pair took Goresbrook to 186-9, just 29 short of their target, but by this stage overs were running out.

Despite a robust 13 not out from Ochwo, who was batting at 11, Bentley got home by 11 runs to leave four sides separated by just a handful of points at the top of the table.

Defeat saw Brook drop to third, but host second-placed Rettendon on Saturday and Calverley is confident his men can rebound in familiar conditions.

“Rettendon have been flying for the past couple of months and are probably the form side in the league, but we have beaten them comfortably at home in recent seasons,” said Calverley.

“After losing at Bentley I’d hope we’ll be fired up for the game on Saturday.

“There’s no dodging the issue, our top order batsmen didn’t perform on Saturday, so I’ll be looking for a reaction there.

“We’ve played some good cricket ourselves and we fought to the end on Saturday, so we’re still confident that we can start another run and stay in the title race to the end.”

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