Cricket: Goresbrook retain top spot in Mid-Essex Premier Division as Chris Burke ton helps defeat Canvey Island

PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 July 2017

Cricket ball (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Cricket ball (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Mid-Essex Premier Division: Goresbrook (257 all out) beat Canvey Island (129 all out) by 128 runs

Chris Burke slammed a fantastic 114 as Goresbrook maintained their position at the top of the Mid-Essex Premier Division with a 128-run win at home to Canvey Island.

Wicket-keeper Burke put on 121 for the third wicket with captain Jordan Calverley, who made 63, which helped the Goats clamber out of trouble after the early dismissals of Kurt Whisker and Shane Barwick had left them struggling on 30-2.

Burke anchored the innings after Calverley fell until he was eighth man out with the score at 232.

Burke’s effort was all the more notable as outside the partnership with Calverley, only Lee Ramduth (13) reached double figures.

A depleted Canvey side stuck at it well in the field, but the Burke-Calverley partnership took the game away from them on a baking hot afternoon.

In reply, some stylish shots from Louis Robinson saw Canvey off to a flyer despite the loss of captain Ross Casson for a duck in the first over.

Toby Maund picked up a second wicket with the dismissal of Chris Sutherby, but Robinson and Jack Sanders moved the score on to 70-2.

That brought about the introduction of spinners Barwick and Ramduth, which changed the match for Goresbrook.

Barwick had Robinson caught behind for a fine 52 and from thereon, wickets tumbled at regular intervals.

Ramduth finished with 2-21 while Barwick took 4-29, before Harry Jackson returned to wrap up the tail with 2-22 as Brook ran out the winners.

Calverley’s attention now turns to next week’s game at champions Bentley, one of the two teams to beat the Goats in the first half of the season,

“The last couple of years Bentley have hardly lost a game in the second half of the season and they’ve gone on to win the league in both seasons, so we know it’s going to be a tough ask,” said the Brook skipper.

“They are an excellent side and their batsmen dominated when we lost to them at home.

“We’ve had a look at where we bowled to certain players and I’m confident we’ll be better this time round.”

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