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Curley and Walsh shine for seconds; thirds win again

PUBLISHED: 14:30 10 June 2015

The 2015 cricket season is well under way (pic: Graham Hodges)

The 2015 cricket season is well under way (pic: Graham Hodges)

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Goresbrook seconds had Joe Curley and Lawrence Walsh to thank after a tight 29-run victory against Stock.

Opening batsman Curley smashed 95 from 87 deliveries after being dropped several times by the opposition during his impressive knock.

Fellow opener Charlie Thompson made 23 as Curley struggled to find partners with the middle order all going cheaply.

A late partnership between Qaiser Mumtaz (16) and Walsh (15) took the hosts to 192 before being bowled out, a score which looked little more than average on a flat wicket.

Joe Barwick ensured Brook would have a good shot at defending the total as he took the opening three wickets for just 22 runs in a devastating 10-over spell.

But the visitors looked well on course for victory, having reached 105-3 within 29 overs before Brook captain turned to Walsh.

The veteran leg-spinner showed why he is the club’s all-time leading wicket taker as he took the remaining seven wickets in a seven-over spell that conceded just 22 runs to secure a hard fought victory.

Brook’s third team cruised to a comfortable six-wicket win over Southend, but not after a few jitters with the bat.

Richard Williamson and Tahmid Khondakar are at different ends of their cricketing careers, but combined to take seven of the 10 Southend wickets.

Williamson is now slowing down after a lengthy career with the firsts, but still recorded 4-14 as under-13 seamer Khondakar took 3-16 to dismiss Southend for 89.

It looked like the reply would be straightforward for Brook, but they lost opener Aaron Scott to the very first ball of their innings.

Ben Irving hit a quickfire 20 before quickly following Scott into the clubhouse as things began to look a little shaky.

But Andy Livett settled any nerves as he came to the crease and hit an unbeaten 42 to guide the team to success within 22 overs.

It ensured Brook kept their hot streak going this season and they have now won 17 games on the spin in a run stretching back to last year.


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