Goresbrook seconds slip into trouble

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 August 2017

Cricket bats leaning up against a bench (Pic: Lee Power)

Cricket bats leaning up against a bench (Pic: Lee Power)


Goresbrook seconds dropped back into the Mid-Essex League Division Two relegation zone after losing to Rayleigh in a low-scoring contest on a wet wicket.

Skipper Aaron Scott (22) was the only player to pass 20 as Brook were hustled out for 86, but Scott’s men roared back with the ball.

Tight opening spells from Daryl Forward and Shaun Ross built some pressure before Craig Ivey took a superb 6-22.

But the experienced Chris Frost hung around to see the hosts to a two-wicket win and leave Brook 13 points behind next week’s visitors to May & Baker, Little Waltham.

The third string lost by five wickets to Woodham Mortimer seconds despite skipper Andy Livett leading from the front on another wet wicket due to the midweek downpours.

Livett struck an unbeaten 64, but only Lawrence Walsh (32) provided any support to the captain as the home bowlers were on top throughout and Brook were only able to post 123-7 from their allotted overs.

The Woodham reply always looked on track as, anchored by Ian Ball’s unbeaten 74, the hosts eased home in the 32nd over, with only a great 10-over spell of bowling from Danny Gillham (4-34) providing any threat to their batting line-up.

Paul Atkins produced a hat-trick for the Goresbrook fourths, but it proved in vain as they lost out by two wickets to Rankins thirds.

Goresbrook got off to a disastrous start when batting first and slumped to 7-4 at one stage with talisman Darren Ivory being bowled for a golden duck.

They did regroup, though, before under-15 Sam Wood (30) and skipper Ricci Parnell (26 not out) dug them out of a hole and Owen Elsom (18) also chipped in with a valuable knock down the order as Brook set their visitors 104 to win.

That looked like being too many though as Rankins slumped to 37-7 thanks to Atkins’ hat-trick and 3-14 from Parnell as Goresbrook looked on course for a famous victory.

But opener Wagstaff dug in for 31 and after he was eighth man out Peter Warner (44 not out) saw Rankins home in the 41st over as Goresbrook were just edged out.

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