Goresbrook get Sunday best
PUBLISHED: 16:30 09 September 2015
Dagenham club promoted despite defeat
It was a case of fifth time lucky as Goresbrook gained promotion to the Essex Sunday League Premier Division at the weekend.
Brook were beaten by Gidea Park & Romford in their final East Division outing of the season, having failed at the final hurdle in the last four years.
But they had done enough, just, to ensure they would play in the top flight in 2016 to the delight of captain Jordan Harris.
He said: “We’ve been knocking on the door for the last five years and although we’ve always used this league as a way to get younger players playing with first-teamers on decent pitches, this year has probably been our toughest in terms of getting a side out.
“We’ve had to go down as far as the under-13s at times, but everybody who has played contributed and Adi Kumar, who is still only 14, has been superb over the last few games.
“We’re going to be playing some very strong sides in the Premier Division next season, so hopefully we can focus on this league a bit more and get a few more of our top players out on a Sunday.”
Park were the only side who could prevent unbeaten Brook from winning the title, but had to restrict them to less than five bonus points to do so.
Put into bat, Brook knew they needed 225 runs to seal promotion and 16-year-old Charlie Thompson (51) and 14-year-old Adi Kumar (49) took them to 117-1 after Kurt Whisker’s early exit.
Brook slipped to 141-5 with 10 overs left, though, before Jordan Calverley (29) and Kane Messenger (27 not out) saw them to 207-8 and four batting points.
That left them needing to take three wickets to clinch the title and Shaun Ross struck early to dismiss Matt Tarr with a yorker.
Shane Barwick earned an lbw decision at the other end to leave Park 75-2, but Jamal Francis and Matt Burch took them to 160-2 and a target of 49 runs from seven overs.
Messenger found the edge of Burch’s bat, though, and Harris held on to the catch, before a fourth wicket fell immediately after.
Francis saw his side to a six-wicket win, finishing unbeaten on 103, but beaten Brook had plenty of cause to celebrate.
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