Goresbrook put Springfield in a spin to earn a big win

PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 June 2017

Toby Maund in bowling action for Goresbrook (pic: Sue Whisker)

Toby Maund in bowling action for Goresbrook (pic: Sue Whisker)


Goresbrook produced their best performance of the season to claim a first win over Springfield since their elevation to the Mid-Essex Premier Division in 2015.

Jordan Calverley’s men, and in particular the spin duo of Toby Maund and Shane Barwick, ran through the Springfield batting lineup after the visitors had got off to a solid enough start after winning the toss and electing to bat.

Harry Jackson had taken the early wicket of the dangerous Mani Singh, but James Clark and Charlie Prudence rebuilt steadily before Shane Barwick trapped Prudence leg before wicket for 38.

Toby Maund grabbed three quick wickets including the prolific Jim Symonds to leave the Chelmsford side in all sorts of trouble.

Israel Ochwo’s introduction then saw Clark’s vigil ended for 37 and Rob Wickham quickly trapped leg before wicket.

At this stage, Springfield’s ambitions were reduced to batting out their overs and setting a score of circa 170 that might test an inconsistent Goresbrook batting lineup.

They fell short of that however, with Shane Barwick picking up the final three wickets to complete a fine spell of 4-26.

Maund, meanwhile, took 3-27 as Springfield were dismissed for 149 in the 44th over.

The Goresbrook response could hardly have started worse as Kurt Whisker and Chris Burke were back in the hutch with only six on the board.

Shane Barwick and Jordan Calverley advanced the score to 74, before the latter was dismissed by visiting skipper Lee Brooks for 12.

Toby Maund followed immediately to leave the game in the balance with Goresbrook at 76-4, but from thereon it was all in the hosts favour.

Barwick batted superbly in compiling an excellent 65, before his departure in sight of the line left Craig Irving (33 not out) and Billy Chapman (18 not out) to see the side home in the 35th over with some aggressive hitting.

Calverley was delighted with the performance which leaves Goresbrook in third place, behind current leaders Old Chelmsfordians and Bentley.

“We’ve really struggled against Springfield since joining the Mid-Essex league so we needed a performance like that to give everybody the belief,” said Calverley.

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