Cricket: Goresbrook seconds hold nerve to beat High Easter

PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 August 2018

A close-up view of a cricket scoreboard (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

A close-up view of a cricket scoreboard (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Goresbrook seconds kept their nerve to secure a tense six-run win over High Easter in T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Three.

A mature innings from 15-year-old Alfie Horan (67 not out) helped Brook recover from 28-3 to reach 181.

Billy Parnell (43) also made useful runs for Brook, but High Easter appeared to be making good progress towards their target in reply.

Brook managed to apply pressure, though, as the run rate increased, and wickets began to fall, with Brad Winsley taking 3-35.

Some fine fielding and good keeping by stand-in Craig Ivey kept High Easter in check and Parnell and Daryl Forward produced excellent spells at the death as they came up short on 175-9.

The win eased Brook’s relegation fears, leaving them 42 points ahead of the bottom two with a trip to Chadwell Heath up next this weekend.

The third team made it four wins in five games in Division Seven with a 49-run success over South Woodham Ferrers seconds.

Andy Livett (41) led the way with the bat as the home side made 202-7, with under-15 George Sleight (31) also impressing, as three other batsmen made it into the 20s.

Brook’s bowlers then rose to the occasion to dismiss South Woodham for 153, with Atif Ali (4-42) the pick of the attack in an encouraging display.

However, a daunting trip to leaders Boreham awaits this weekend.

The fourths were dismissed for just 100 by Eastwood thirds, but took five wickets as they fell to defeat ahead of a home meeting with Great Totham thirds on Saturday.

And a young side eased to victory over Buckhurst Hill in the Essex Sunday League to raise hopes of ending the campaign on a high note.

Kane Messenger (3-17) and Shane Barwick (2-12) had the best bowling figures as Hill lost their way late on and were dismissed for 177.

A superb innings from young Danny Gilham (87) was the highlight of Brook’s reply, with Alfie Horan producing another good knock before he was run out three runs short of a half-century.

And their combined efforts took Brook to the brink of a seven-wicket victory, which was secured in the 31st over.

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