Goresbrook skipper Whisker keeping calm

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 May 2015

The new cricket season is underway (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

The new cricket season is underway (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Dagenham club win big again

Goresbrook captain Kurt Whisker is refusing to get carried away after seeing his side record a second successive Mid-Essex League Premier Division win.

Toby Maund’s unbeaten 87 led Brook to 213 against Little Baddow, who were blown away by Israel Ochwo’s superb opening spell with the ball.

But after a 151-run victory, Whisker said: “We’ve had a couple of good wins against sides whose goal is just to stay up, so we’re not getting carried away.

“The fixture list gets tougher from next week when we’re away at Old Chelmsfordians, who’ve started strongly and then at home to last year’s champions Springfield.

“The consensus seems to be they’re the best side around. We’ll know a lot more about where we stand after those two games.”

Whisker chose to beat on a soft pitch and put on 64 in 17 overs with Shane Barwick (34).

Maund hit the ball cleanly after that, striking five sixes and six fours before being left stranded as Brook’s tailenders fell to successive balls from Baddow captain Abinhav Vasu (6-20).

And Ugandan-born paceman Ochwo took two wickets in his first over on his way to figures of 7-3-9-5, getting bounce from a sluggish pitch and clean bowling three of his victims.

Whisker produced a run out, before Kane Messenger (3-12) and Barwick mopped up the tail, and praised the efforts of Maund.

He added: “Our regular number three Michael Rooke moved to Singapore in the autumn and we were scratching our heads as to who we would bat in that slot as half the side tried and failed a couple of years ago.

“Toby got first dibs basically because he was available when we were missing players early on and he’s pretty much put the debate to bed with his batting in the first three weeks of the season.

“He is hitting the ball beautifully and the only shame is that he’s missing next week because his brother is getting married!”

The seconds cruised to a 10-wicket win over Herongate in Division Three.

The hosts chose to bat, but Joe Barwick (3-17) and Bobby Gaymer (4-29) had them in trouble and Qaiser Mumtaz (2-9) nabbed a cheap brace.

Lawrence Walsh took the final wicket as Herongate were dismissed for just 74, before Craig Irving raced to an unbeaten 66 as Brook reached their target in under 10 overs.

The thirds beat Hornchurch Athletic in a hard-fought contest.

Brook recovered from a poor start at 14-2 to reach 184-8, thanks largely to half-centuries from young Adi Kumar (59) and captain Keith Friend.

Danny Gillham senior took three early wickets in Hornchurch’s reply to reduce them to 36-4, with Billy Smith (4-27) producing a fine spell and picking up wickets at the other end as Friend held onto a superb catch at first slip.

Captain Brad Winsley nabbed a late brace to seal a 49-run victory.

The fourths recorded a 111-run win over Wickham seconds, after Paul Lowe (67) and Dunston Alfred (68) put on 118 for their first wicket.

Jo Wilkinson (32), Ricci Parnell (28) and Tommy Puncher also contributed to a total of 246-5, before 16-year-old off-spinner Andrew Pauling took a wicket with his first ball in Wickham’s reply.

Pauling finished with 4-34 after a fine nine-over spell, with Owen Elsom, Paul Atkins and Martin Rooke also having success before Keith Maund (3-8) wrapped things up in a short 10-ball spell.

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