Goresbrook gearing up for crunch clash in title chase
PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 August 2017
Goresbrook captain Jordan Calverley feels his side are coming into form at just the right time as they moved to within a point of Mid-Essex League Premier Division leaders Bentley with an 85-run win over Old Chelmsfordians.
Calverley and all-rounder Shane Barwick both scored superb centuries as Goresbrook picked up maximum points and the skipper says he would have snapped your hand off if he had been offered this situation at the start of the season ahead of this weekend’s visit to third-placed Springfield.
“If you had offered us this position at the start of the season we would have taken it,” said Calverley.
“It will be tough at Springfield, but we will go there in good form with the bat and our spinners are bowling very well.
“Beating Springfield at home will also give us confidence, we know their players pretty well now, so we will have our plans and if we can execute them then we are well capable of winning.
“Bentley have a tricky game against Rettendon, who can be very good on their day, but we just have to focus on what we can control.”
On Saturday the Goats overcame the loss of Chris Burke early on to punish any errant Chelmsfordians bowling.
Kurt Whisker fell for 22 with the score at 41, but the next wicket to fall wasn’t for another two hours as Barwick made a magnificent 110-ball hundred before he was run out for 102 with the score on 220.
Calverley then powered on to a 90-ball ton, finishing unbeaten on 100, as Kane Messenger hit two sixes in the final over to end Goresbrook’s innings on 271-5.
Chelmsfordians started brightly and reached 90-1 in the powerplay overs, but the introduction of Goresbrook’s spinners once again proved decisive, with Barwick dismissing dangerman Ahmad and Lee Ramduth trapping Ikram lbw for 15.
With the runs beginning to dry up, the opposing batsmen started to take risks and the Goresbrook catching in the deep was, as ever, excellent.
Barwick finished with figures of 4-37 courtesy of catches from opening bowlers Messenger and Harry Jackson, and Toby Maund followed up his six-wicket haul from last week by running through the tail to take 4-20 in less than three two overs as the Old Chelmsfordians innings subsided to 186 all out.
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