Goresbrook celebrate after application to move to SNEL from TRMEL is successful

PUBLISHED: 13:00 27 November 2018

Goresbrook (in batting action) will play in the Shepherd Neame Essex League next season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Goresbrook (in batting action) will play in the Shepherd Neame Essex League next season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Goats to play in Division Three next season

Goresbrook are set for a change in competition next season after being accepted into the Shepherd Neame Essex League (SNEL).

The Goats have been members of the T. Rippon Mid-Essex League (TRMEL) for the past five seasons and ended last term fourth in the Premier Division.

However, a vacancy arose in the SNEL after Basildon & Pitsea were successfully accepted into the TRMEL.

In an almost like-for-like swap, Goresbrook have been accepted into the SNEL and will take Basildon’s place in Division Three.

The M&B Club-based sides’s second and third XIs have also been accepted into the SNEL and will provisionally play in the Second XI Division Three and the Fourth XI Division One West respectively.

Goresbrook will also take part in the Dukes Essex League Cup next season and have been drawn away to Horndon on the Hill in the first round.

A statement from Goresbrook after being accepted into the SNEL read: “We are delighted to have finally gained election to the SNEL after a number of previous attempts over the past decade.

“Although we’ve enjoyed our cricket in the TRMEL, it has been a long-term aspiration of the club to play in the SNEL pyramid and we feel that the new challenge will reinvigorate the club from top to bottom.

“Our success in the application process is a testament to the work put in over many years by our committee, notably Dean Barwick, who has been ever-present on the committee since the club was founded in 1981, and Dave Whisker, under whom our Colts section has become highly respected in Essex cricket circles and a prolific pipeline of talent for our senior teams.

“Our long-term tenure at the M&B Club has also been of great benefit and between the work done by the Goresbrook Committee and the trustees of the M&B Club, the ground has become one of the best places to play cricket in the local area.

“Although we recognise that we have a lot to learn, both about opponents we haven’t played before and a different format in the SNEL, our newly elected skipper Shane Barwick is keen to hit the ground running and we’ll start work in the nets in the new year, with the aim of competing at the top end of Division Three in our first season.”

Essex League chairman Andrew Kennedy added: “The SNEL Executive Committee were given the task of finding a new club to join the league for the 2019 following the withdrawal of Basildon CC, who left the league to join the T Rippon Mid-Essex League.

“Five clubs applied and three of these clubs were shortlisted and a site visit conducted. The three shortlisted clubs were then assessed against a number of criteria and Goresbrook came out on top.”

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