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Cricket: Goresbrook seconds clamber out of Mid-Essex Division Two relegation zone with win over Chadwell Heath

PUBLISHED: 15:30 19 July 2017

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Goresbrook seconds picked up a valuable derby win against Chadwell Heath, winning by five wickets away from home.

Matt Friend’s men moved out of the Mid-Essex Division Two relegation places after a victory built around a fine bowling and fielding performance, led by Craig Ivey’s 4-21.

There was strong support from pacemen Daryl Forward (2-22) and Shaun Ross (2-19) as the Goats dominated, dismissing Heath for 132 in the 36th over.

Goresbrook’s response was built around a superb unbeaten 77 from Robert Clack schoolboy Danny Gillham, the 15-year-old looking a class apart as he batted through the innings.

A partnership of 89 with Jordan Harris (36) took Goresbrook to the brink of victory and Gillham stood firm as Brook prevailed in the 33rd over.

Goresbrook thirds continue to build momentum in Division Seven with a comfortable 85-run triumph of Burnham Sports.

Keith Friend (52) and Andrei Livett (55) formed the backbone of a good batting performance with Paul Lowe (32) and Keith Maund (30 not out) also scoring well as Brook racked up 203-4 in their 45 overs.

Burnham were never really at the races in response, as medium pacers Gillham (2-19) and Joe Barwick (3-19) took control, with youngsters George Godfrey and Sam Wood also picking up wickets.

Goresbrook fourths bounced back after a poor performance against Hornchurch Athletic to win a closely contested game against Great Baddow by four wickets.

The wickets were spread around in an encouraging effort with the ball, but at 34-5 in reply Brook were reeling.

Darren Johnson, making a comeback 15 years after his last appearance, hit a rugged 40 not out and in tandem first with Lawrence Walsh (19) and then Darren Ivory (26*), the veterans saw Brook over the line with.

The Sunday League XI ended their campaign with a fourth win from eight encounters as they eased past struggling Bardoli.

Shane Barwick and Jordan Calverley got the Goats off to a quick start with 46 and 40 respectively, before Danny Gillham impressed with a quickfire 51 as Brook finished on 215-5 from their 40 overs.

The game looked very much in the balance just after drinks with Bardoli at 102-4, but 15-year-old bowler George Godfrey, making his Sunday league debut, then took centre stage.

Godfrey had picked up a wicket from three tidy overs, but in his fourth over, he struck with the final two balls to leave Bardoli reeling.

That meant the first ball of the next over was a hat-trick delivery and Jack Stead held onto a catch to ensure that Godfrey’s debut was a memorable one.

Not content with a hat-trick, Godfrey struck again to register 5-21 and then finished proceedings with a direct hit run out to complete a dream debut.


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