Cricket: Goresbrook seconds brushed aside as batting woes return against Bentley
PUBLISHED: 11:30 28 June 2017
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Goresbrook seconds were brushed aside by Bentley as their temperamental batting line-up misfired once again in a seven-wicket defeat.
Only Danny Gillham Jr. (39) and Stuart Greaves (62) spent any time in the middle as Brook squandered a promising position at 112-4 to slump to 167 all out.
Skipper Matt Friend with 21 was the only batsman from number six down to reach double figures.
The Bentley response was anchored by a fine 72 from Ollie Gordon as they looked to be cantering to victory.
However, a couple of late wickets allowed the Goats a bowling bonus point, with Bentley eventually prevailing in the 36th over.
Billy Smith (1-23) was the pick of a poor bowling performance which leaves Brook in the relegation places ahead of a derby against high-flying Havering-atte-Bower.
Goresbrook thirds were involved in the match of the day as they beat Boreham by just a solitary run.
With the bat, the Goats fought back after the early departures of Lee Jones for just one and Jo Wilkinson for a duck.
Tommy Puncher hit 37 and Keith Friend added 30, before some late hitting from Darren Robinson (43) took the Goats up to 171-7 from their 45 overs.
That total didn’t look like being enough as Boreham also bounced back from the loss of early wickets to get within touching distance.
Jones, who would finish with 3-32, took a key wicket, though, which prompted a batting collapse from Boreham.
The visitors required six from the final over to triumph, with Joe Barwick bowling for Brook.
Barwick himself finished with figures of 3-32 as he did enough in his over to secure a narrow success for the hosts.
There was also a superb contribution in the field from JaVaughn Fenton, with the 15-year-old taking three catches on his debut.
Goresbrook fourths, meanwhile, came back from Leigh on Sea with an excellent win over Eastwood.
Chasing 203, Brook were helped by telling contributions with the bat from Paul Lowe (61) and Darren Boland (57 not out) on their way to success.
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