Calverley’s Goresbrook give Mid-Essex League leaders a good run for their money
PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 August 2018
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Goresbrook captain Jordan Calverley praised his side after a tense seven-run defeat against T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division leaders Springfield.
The home side made 247-8 at Coronation Park, but Brook were 101-1 at drinks in reply and in a good position to attack.
The slipped to 161-5 with eight overs left, before Toby Maund’s late fireworks almost saw them pull off a memorable win, only to close on 240-6.
Calverley said: “You always replay some parts in your mind when you lose a tight game and I felt like we didn’t build up enough pressure at the start.
“Our batsmen tightened up a bit when they started to turn the screw in the chase, however the good thing was after we had bad spells, we bounced back to bowl well to restrict them to 247.
“We gave it a real tilt at the end and had them rocking a bit. The end result was probably fair, though, and it demonstrates why they will probably go on to win the league and why we’re scrapping it out for third.”
Jim Symonds led from the front for Springfield, after six weeks out with a broken thumb, with fine innings of 80.
Chris Frost (30) and Mani Singh (45) helped Springfield reach 200-4 with 10 overs remaining, before Kane Messenger hit back with the ball for Brook.
Having taken some punishment in his earlier spell, Messenger picked up wickets in the closing stages to finish with 4-48 as the middle and lower order struggled.
Left-arm spinner Shane Barwick nabbed 2-38 as Brook fought back well in the final overs, then scored 56 runs at the top of the visitors’ reply.
Kurt Whisker (39) also made a decent start with the bat to put Brook on course at drinks, but the hosts rallied over the course of the next 15 overs as captain Brooks took 3-32.
With the run rate up at around 11 an over, Maund launched a late assault, hitting three sixes in one over to set up a grandstand finish.
Brook needed 13 from the last six balls, but returning pace bowler Rob Wickham was up to the task for Springfield and conceded just five to help his side hold on for victory.
A fifth defeat of the season saw Brook slip to fourth place behind Aythorpe Roding with four games remaining and they are set to entertain lowly Rayleigh at May & Baker this Saturday (1pm).