Goresbrook’s Calverley left to rue more batting troubles after heavy Springfield loss

PUBLISHED: 11:00 05 June 2018

Drinks are taken during Goresbrook CC (Bowling)  vs Rainham CC (Batting), T Rippon Mid Essex Cricket League Cricket at May & Baker Sports Club on 12th May 2018

Drinks are taken during Goresbrook CC (Bowling) vs Rainham CC (Batting), T Rippon Mid Essex Cricket League Cricket at May & Baker Sports Club on 12th May 2018

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Goresbrook’s struggles with the bat continued as they slumped to a heavy defeat against Springfield in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division.

Much of the damage was done with the new ball, as Jordan Calverley’s men struggled after choosing to bat first on a moist pitch offering help to the seamers.

Andy Ovel (3-30) and Ben Marrion (1-7) turned the screw in the first 20 overs, as Craig Irving fell for a duck and Calverley for just two runs to loose strokes.

Kurt Whisker (seven) and Danny Gillham Jnr (10) followed to leave Brook 20-4, but Shane Barwick (48) and Jordan Harris (33) rebuilt the innings against the spin of Matt Chalk (2-34) and Lee Brooks.

Having reached 110-4, Brook were hoping to push on in the closing overs, but once Barwick and Harris were dismissed they saw others perish hitting out.

Josh Attwell (3-19) was the main beneficiary for Springfield as Brook failed to see out their 45 overs and were all out for 128.

With the pitch still offering a bit for the bowlers, Goresbrook would have hoped for early wickets, but some ill-directed new-ball bowling saw a combination of Jim Symonds (42), Charlie Prudence (49 not out) and the extras column get Springfield off to a flyer.

The result was never remotely in doubt after that and although the spin of Barwick and Calverley tightened things up somewhat, after Symonds fell to Goresbrook captain Calverley, Chris Frost joined forces with Prudence to see Springfield home in the 27th over.

The loss leaves Brook languishing in eighth place with a visit to ninth-placed Rayleigh ahead on Saturday.

The seconds also tasted defeat against High Easter in Division Three as they paid the price for a below-par batting performance.

A swashbuckling 67 from Joe Curley, with support from Craig Ivey (40), saw Brook reach 196 at the picturesque village ground.

But that total was comfortably overhauled by the home side, who had seven wickets in hand as they sealed victory in the 40th over.

Brad Winsley (2-43) nabbed a brace of wickets for Aaron Scott’s men but it was little consolation in defeat. Brook return to May & Baker to host neighbours Chadwell Heath this weekend.

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