Good day for Goresbrook
PUBLISHED: 14:16 13 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:40 14 May 2015
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Clean sweep and a club record at weekend
Goresbrook recorded a first win of the Mid-Essex Premier Division season as they comfortably beat Burnham Sports by 165 runs.
Both teams were promoted to the top tier last season, but it was Goresbrook who came out on top at May & Baker.
The hosts batted first and captain Kurt Whisker led the way as he top scored with 62, while a sixth-wicket stand between Shane Barwick (27) and Bryan Atkins (29) helped Goresbrook reach 233-8.
It was a total that was always going to be tough for the visitors to chase and their task was made harder by an impressive bowling display from Israel Ochwo.
The paceman was absent for the opening league defeat against Thurrock, but made up for lost time against Burnham, taking 6-17 as he recorded a second six-wicket haul in as many games.
Barwick (2-13) was also in good form with the ball to help Brook skittle the visitors for just 68 in a performance which pleased the team’s captain.
“I thought we were excellent, we worked hard last week, but you could see the extra quality and energy when we bowled,” said Whisker.
“The challenge is now going to be adapting to opponents and pitches that are completely new to us, as our first two games were against the only sides we’ve played before. But if we go in with that attitude I’m sure we’ll be competitive.”
Goresbrook seconds narrowly defeated Broomfield, who they bowled out for 80, by just two wickets.
The thirds also produced an impressive performance with the ball as they skittled Tillingham seconds for just 56 and eased to a nine-wicket success.
But the peformance of the day came from Owen Elsom and Ricci Parnell who shared a club record ninth-wicket stand of 105 to help the fourths to a two-wicket victory at Great Baddow fourths.
Chasing 186, the visitors looked finished at 83-8, but Parnell hit two sixes and 10 fours in his unbeaten 75 and Elsom (27 not out) helped to see them home.
“The good pitch helped us. We waited for the bad ball and our experience paid off.” said Elsom.
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